The Department of Sociology at Essex has been widely regarded as one of the original and strongest homes of a critical and sociological Criminology. The Department has both produced and attracted some of the most influential criminologists of the past 50 years, and continues to push intellectual and policy boundaries, while training and supporting the next generation of criminologists.
Since our inception, we have hosted leading analysts of crime and deviance - even if they didn’t always call themselves criminologists. Our members have included early pioneers such as Stanley Cohen, Kenneth Plummer and Mary McIntosh, through to colleagues who have now moved on, such as Maggy Lee, Dick Hobbs and Jackie Turton.
Today's members organise their cutting edge research through the Centre for Criminology, hosting seminars and visitors, projects and networks, and from 2020 serving as the editorial base for the British Journal of Criminology, one of the world’s top publications in the field.
"A Centre is ‘more than the sum of its parts’ and at Essex the brilliant work of our individual researchers and writers comes together in the work of C4C and our team-written textbook (now in its 4th edition), our programme of open seminars and events, the involvement of our students and visiting scholars, and our interdisciplinary collaborations."
We attract research funding, work with partners from the local to the international, produce world class research outputs and engage with schools, colleges and businesses across the UK.
We attract the very best undergraduate and postgraduate research students to our Department and inform our teaching with the results of our cutting-edge criminological research. We also organise seminars and events throughout the year, covering a wide range of topics and open to all.
"Our research at the centre is distinctive for its sociological and critical approach to deviance, crime, criminalisation and justice”