The Welsh Centre for Crime and Social Justice (WCCSJ)

The WCCSJ is a new initiative which delivers high quality, theoretically informed, policy-relevant and visionary criminal and social policy research, combined with an up-to-date knowledge of national and international developments.  Through high quality research it is making a significant contribution to the delivery of social justice and policy initiatives in Wales and beyond by providing local, pan-Wales and broader research, evaluation and consultancy.  From its administrative hub in Aberystwyth the collaboration between the Universities in Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff, Glamorgan, Glyndwr, Newport and Swansea is designed to achieve and sustain a landscape change in the structure, quality and scale of crime and justice-related research carried out in Wales.

The membership of the Centre includes several internationally renowned professors and over 100 specialists from criminology, geography, health, law, psychology, science and social science.  The WCCSJ harnesses this expertise to promote both interdisciplinary and inter-institutional research and a focus on the policy and practice 'impact' of academic work.  It has strong and supportive links with the Welsh Assembly Government and is already working with its strategic planning personnel and its research and policy divisions and with criminal and social justice agencies in Wales.  Through this it will continue to carry out an integrated programme of high quality criminal and social justice research and deliver innovative policy thinking and theory building, as well as improving the evidence base for crime reduction policy and practice in Wales and beyond.  Members also conduct important comparative, analytical and theoretical research which informs, assesses and supports future policy developments and ensures international recognition for Welsh crime and justice research.  Most of its work is conducted through its thematic networks:

Youth Justice and Community Safety
Criminal Justice and penal practice
Substance Misuse

The WCCSJ is involved in major and minor collaborative projects both alone or in conjunction with other centres, hubs and networks within and beyond Wales.  In Wales we work in alliance with both WISERD, which is building a large data resource of social science research in Wales and provides methodological expertise and UPSI, the Universities Police Science Institute.  The WCCSJ has collaborated with other centres and Universities.  For example, the Centre is working closely with the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR) to explore and analyse their comparative devolution experiences and, on substantive topics, works in partnership with a number of established European and international networks.

For four years the WCCSJ is partially funded by the Higher Education Foundation Council for Wales.

For further information, please contact the Deputy Director, Ms Kate Williams (khw@aber.ac.uk) or telephone: 01970 622739, fax: 01970 622729.