Criminological Research Themes 2015

Centre of Criminology Research Overview


The Centre is a niche research unit within the Faculty of Law at the University of Cape Town. The South African National Research Foundation (NRF) Chair of Security and Justice, a South African Research Chairs Initiative of the Department of Science and Technology and the NRF is hosted by the Law Faculty at the University of Cape Town. Professor Clifford Shearing, held the chair until August 2014. Prof. Mark Shaw took up this position with effect from 1 September 2014.

During the course of 2014 the work of the Centre was focused around some of the most pertinent challenges facing South Africa and Africa more generally within the overall context of an increasingly globalised world. This work included a strong emphasis on research in: (1) environmental risk and security; (2) developments and challenges for policing, both public, private and community driven, and reforms; (3) organised crime and illicit trafficking in South Africa and Africa, including with a focus on the evolution of criminal networks in fragile states and their impact on governance, democracy, livelihoods and the environment; (4) criminal justice policy challenges, with an emphasis on developing country contexts; and (5) violent crime, with particular attention to its impact on youth and women.

The work of the Centre recognises the critical importance of addressing safety issues as a core challenge of holistic development. To do this requires stretching the boundaries of criminology in ways that will enable it to recognise and respond to the changing international, regional and local landscape of risk.