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Locking up victims of trafficking

Feature | 25 March 2014 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media

Esrc-funded research carried out by professor loraine gelsthorpe and dr liz hales revealed that a majority of women in custody had been victims of trafficking, smuggling and work under duress.

Trial and web error: when jury members go online

Feature | 17 May 2013 | General public, Press/media

Almost a quarter of people on jury service are confused about rules on internet use during a trial, according to findings from the esrc-funded ucl jury project.

Torture by any other name

Feature | 17 May 2013 | General public, International, Policymakers, Press/media

The category of 'torture' has been used by western states to distinguish between the civilised and the uncivilised. The moral and political stakes are often simply too high for the british state to admit responsibility for such an act, according to r ...

How europeans trust courts and police

Feature | 14 February 2012 | Academic, General public, International, Press/media

People in nordic countries have a high level of trust in the police and courts, while people in eastern european countries tend to be the least trusting of justice institutions, according to recent findings from the esrc-supported european social sur ...

Understanding why rape cases are dropped

Feature | 19 January 2012 | General public, Press/media, Public sector, Schools

Sixty-five per cent of studied rape cases studied were lost at the earliest stage of the justice process, with police decision to take no further action a significant factor. Research shows that police assess a combination of features of the victim a ...

Reforming our prisons

Feature | 24 June 2011 | Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Public sector

Research into prison reform and sentencing shows huge variations in the quality of private prisons, a lack of support regarding interrupted education and training, and the value of care-based interaction between staff and prisoners.

Should voting be compulsory?

Feature | 26 January 2011 | Academic, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

Low election turnouts threaten government legitimacy.

Case studies

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Open justice for secret evidence

Case Study | 11 December 2014 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media

Amendments to the justice and security act 2013 following dr lawrence mcnamara’s recommendations helped to ensure a better balance between national security and the principles of fair and open justice.

Supporting justice for bosnian war crime victims

Case Study | 04 July 2014 | General public, International, Press/media

An esrc-funded project has helped strengthen the links between legal processes and war crime victims in bosnia, supporting transparency and legitimacy for the state court of bosnia and herzegovina.

Transforming offender rehabilitation

Case Study | 05 June 2014 | General public, Press/media, Public sector, Voluntary sector

An esrc-funded project building upon pioneering research into how offenders move away from crime is transforming the practice of offender rehabilitation in the uk and beyond.

How our prisons perform

Case Study | 14 July 2011 | General public, Press/media, Public sector

A study of public and private sector prisons by professor alison liebling and dr ben crewe influenced public and private sector bids for the prisons that are currently being market tested and changed management practices in prisons.

Reviewing the dna database

Case Study | 15 January 2010 | Academic, General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

Researchers pointed out flaws in the statistical evidence underpinning the dna retention policy, leading to a revision of the scientific work.

Decision-making in rape trials

Case Study | 15 January 2007 | General public, Policymakers, Press/media, Schools

Research on biased jury decisions in rape trials informed home office legislation review and judicial assessments in new zealand.

Press releases

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Witnesses of crime need help to remember

Press Release | 01 November 2013 | Policymakers, Press/media

The memory of people who have witnessed or been victims of crime is prone to errors which law officials must take into account when proceeding with criminal cases, according to research to be presented at an event as part of this year's annual festiv ...

Animations in court cause jury errors

Press Release | 29 October 2013 | Academic, Press/media, Schools

Using animated evidence in court can confuse and bias a jury, according to new research. The research will be presented at an event as part of the economic and social research council’s (esrc) annual festival of social science.

Romantic delusions allow online dating scams to flourish

Press Release | 12 February 2013 | Academic, Business, General public, Policymakers, Press/media

As international criminal gangs increasingly target online dating and social networking sites, as a means of extorting money from unwary victims, research funded by the economic and social research council (esrc) suggests that new strategies are need ...

Staff-prisoner relationships are key to prison quality

Press Release | 18 May 2011 | Academic, General public, Policymakers, Press/media

As public sector prisons move towards the thin staffing level model of profit-making institutions, with their high turnover of personnel who are less connected to their occupation, a study funded by the esrc warns of a potentially detrimental impact ...

Urban conflict and divided cities

Press Release | 12 May 2011 | Academic, Business, International, Policymakers, Press/media

Urban conflict is nothing new in cities like belfast, jerusalem and major cities in the middle east. An international conference at queens’s university in belfast explores how cities have been shaped by ethnic, religious and national conflicts.

Uk youth justice system treats ethnic groups differently

Press Release | 01 September 2010 | Press/media

New research from the institute for criminal policy research at king's college, london, examines whether the police and the youth justice system treat young people from different ethnic groups in different ways.

Uk inmates comfortable with diversity?

Press Release | 13 January 2010 | Press/media

Following recent media reports of racial strife and gangs in high security prisons in the uk, a new study funded by the economic and social research council (esrc) paints a more encouraging - if sometimes contradictory - picture of multicultural pris ...


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Urgent invite - after woolwich: social reactions on social media

Professor Martin Innes | Sociology | 15 February 2014

The research will analyse social reactions to the murder of drummer lee rigby in woolwich on 22 may 2013 using social media data collected from twitter, blogs and other sources.   such data uniquely enable the tracking of the evolution of public ...

Exploring and explaining the role of disadvantage in crime causation

Professor Per-Olof Wikstrom | Criminology | 16 January 2014

The overall aim of this reseach is to produce a comprehensive study and analysis of the link between social disadvantage and crime in adolescence and young adulthood. In this research we aim to apply and further develop new theory and innovative meth ...

Transformative justice in tunisia and egypt

Professor Paul Gready | Socio Legal Studies | 13 January 2014

The arab world was shaken in 2011 by a series of popular movements, collectively known as the 'arab spring(s)'. Who is driving (and contesting) change, and what kind of change is being sought? this study addresses such questions in the context of the ...

Twitter rape threats and the discourse of online misogyny

Dr Claire Hardaker | 01 December 2013

In july 2013, caroline criado-perez successfully campaigned to have a woman appear on an english banknote, and was subsequently inundated with misogynistic abuse on twitter. Over the next few days, this escalated into death and bomb threats sent to s ...


Most recent outputs

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Key findings - esj0220631

Mark Webber | 13 January 2015 | Internat. Studies & Relations | End of Grant Report

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Louise Waite | 30 September 2014 | Social Policy | End of Grant Report

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Richard Sparks | 30 September 2014 | Criminal Law & Criminology | End of Grant Report

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