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Legal, Criminological and Policing research – Graduate Teaching Assistant PhD Studentship

PGRs working on legal, criminological, or policing projects are normally housed in the School of Law, Criminology and Policing.

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Within the School of Law, Criminology and Policing we have world leading experts, both in terms of academic research and practice. The school also enables you to conduct interdisciplinary research. Please see our staff webpages for further information.

Research lies at the heart of the School of Law, Criminology and Policing. For instance, in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework three-quarters of our published research was rated as ‘internationally excellent’ or ‘world‐leading’. The school has dedicated research centres and units in: International Justice and Human Rights, Policing, Power, Harm and Justice, and Sports Law, plus an interdisciplinary research unit on Philosophy, Culture, Law and Criminology.

The University welcomes applications connected to the following themes, although we would consider proposals linked to other fields of legal, criminological or policing research. Additional research information can be found on the research area webpages. All postgraduate researchers will be supported by a supervisory team with appropriate expertise. Also, see the University’s research repository for further information on the research outputs of each member of staff.

“I have never known a postgraduate offering to be so focused on the development of their students. I’ve grown in skill, confidence and understanding of my research area!”

Giles Briscoe – PhD Postgraduate Researcher


Please direct all enquiries about proposed projects on topics related to legal, criminological and policing research to Professor Andrew Millie, Graduate School research degree contact for legal, criminological and policing research, by emailing [email protected] stating the specific research theme/s of interest from the research themes list.

Research themes

International justice and human rights

  • Asylum and migration law.
  • Human rights.
  • International criminal law.
  • International humanitarian law.
  • International peace and security law.


  • Evidence-based policing.
  • Police cultures. 
  • Police ethnography.
  • Policing domestic violence.
  • Policing vulnerability.

Philosophy, culture, law and criminology

  • Criminology and music.
  • Criminology and Christian ethics.
  • Penal theory and ethics.
  • Philosophical criminology.
  • Sensory and aesthetic criminology.

Power, harm and justice

  • Critical criminology and literature.
  • Gender-based violence.
  • Imprisonment, harm and justice.
  • Migration and ‘crimmigration’.
  • Oral histories of power, harm and justice.

Sports law

(Centre for Sports Law Research)

  • EU and international sport law.
  • Football regulation and law.
  • Sports arbitration and dispute resolution.
  • Sports diplomacy and law.
  • UK sports law.