Security and Crime Science Research Strategy



We are a small department, currently undergoing a stage of growth. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), 84% of our submission was judged to be world leading or internationally excellent, and 100% of our submission was rated as world leading in terms of its impact upon society.



From the start we have had a clear mission and a distinctive approach – crime science – to achieving that mission. Research is concentrated on new ways to cut crime and increase security, drawing upon UCL’s vast experience in related disciplines, including architecture, economics, engineering, geography, medicine, psychology, statistics and town planning. Our goal is no less than to change the way that academics, policy makers and practitioners think about and respond to the changing nature of crime and security issues.



  • to promote multidisciplinary research in crime and security across UCL
  • to produce interdisciplinary research that is academically rigorous and has direct practice or policy value
  • to understand the changing nature of crime and multidisciplinary responses to it
  • to maintain and widen our portfolio of funding sources, attracting funding from research councils, charities, government, police, the EU and other sources
  • to maximise the real-world impact of our research through direct collaboration with practitioners and industry
  • to continue to extend the reach of our research activity through international collaboration with academics and practitioners
  • to provide a supportive environment for multidiscplinary research and staff career development
  • to conduct research that addresses international, national and UCL strategic priorities


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