Prof Alan Clarke BA (Hons); BPhil; PhD

Prof Alan Clarke


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My areas of special interest include the application of sociological approaches to the understanding of crime and crime control policy; the use of social science research methods and methodologies to evaluate the impact of policies and programmes designed to reduce crime and offending behaviour; and the relationship between research and policy.

I have undertaken research studies funded by a variety of organizations such as the Home Office, Prison Service, Youth Justice Board, Sentencing Advisory Panel and the Economic and Social Research Council. Major research topics include:

  • a regional analysis of variation in criminal offending in England and Wales;
  • an evaluation of a mentoring intervention project for young people at risk of offending;
  • a study of the nature and effectiveness of drugs throughcare for prisoners;
  • an investigation into attitudes towards date rape and relationship rape;
  • an evaluation of appropriate adult schemes;
  • a qualitative study of accredited offending behaviour programmes in prisons;
  • a study of the use of forensic evidence in the investigation of serious crime.

I am particularly interested in developing evaluation research methods and methodologies in criminal justice contexts and applying qualitative methods in criminological research.



Clarke, A., Williams, J., Wydall, S. 2016. Access to Justice for Victims/Survivors of Elder Abuse: A Qualitative Study. Social Policy and Society 15 (2) pp. 207-220. 10.1017/S1474746415000202 Cadair


Clarke, A., Wydall, S. 2015. A safe space? Creating opportunities for domestic violence victims to remain in the family home. Criminal Justice Matters 99 (1) pp. 20-21. 10.1080/09627251.2015.1026566 Cadair

Wydall, S., Williams, J., Clarke, A. 2015. Clarke, A., Williams, J, Wydall, S. (2015) ‘Access to justice for victims of elder abuse’ Social Policy & Society Cambridge Journal (first view) pp.1-14. Social Policy and Society pp. 1. Cadair


Clarke, A., Wydall, S. 2013. From 'Rights to Action': practitioners' perceptions of the needs of children experiencing domestic violence. Child and Family Social Work 10.1111/cfs.12066 Cadair

Clarke, A., Wydall, S. 2013. Making Safe: A coordinated community response to empowering victims and tackling perpetrators of domestic violence. Social Policy and Society 12 (3) pp. 393-406. 10.1017/S147474641200070X Cadair

Williams, J., Wydall, S., Clarke, A. 2013. Protecting older victims of abuse who lack capacity: the role of the Independent Mental Capacity Advocate. Elder Law Journal 3 (2) pp. 167-174. Cadair


Clarke, A.H., Wydall, S., Williams, J.R., Boaler, R.R. 2012. An Evaluation of the ‘Access to Justice’ Pilot Project. Welsh Government Other Cadair


Clarke, A.H., Williams, K.S., Wydall, S.M., Gray, P., Liddle, M., Smith, A. 2011. Describing and Assessing Interventions to address Anti-Social Behaviour: Key findings from a study of ASB practice. Home Office Research Report Home Office Other Cadair


Clarke, A.H., Wydall, S.M. 2010. An evaluation of multi-agency working with children and young people who are experiencing the effects of domestic abuse in the Communities First area of Penparcau and Aberystwyth West. Welsh Government Other Cadair

Clarke, A. 2010. The Sociology of Healthcare. 2nd Editionth edn, Taylor & Francis Cadair

McNeill, F., Bracken, D., Clarke, A. 2010. Social Work, Criminal Justice and their reconfiguring relationships. Revista de Asistenta Sociala 8 (1) pp. 114-124. Cadair

Clarke, A., Wydall, S., Williams, K.S. 2010. A qualitative study of the perceived comparative effectiveness of interventions to address anti-social behaviour. Home Office Cadair


McNeill, F., Bracken, D., Clarke, A. 2009. Social Work in Criminal Justice. In I. Shaw., K. Briar-Lawson., J. Orme., R. Ruck de schel. (eds) The Sage Handbook of Social Work Research. Sage Handbooks SAGE Publications pp. 447-462. Cadair

Wydall, S., Clarke, A. 2009. Making Safe - Preliminary findings and methodological challenges. 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology. Cadair

Innes, M., Clarke, A. 2009. Policing the Past: cold case studies, forensic evidence and retroactive social control. British Journal of Sociology 60 (3) pp. 543-563. 10.1111/j.1468-4446.2009.01255.x Cadair

Wydall, S., Clarke, A. 2009. Contextualizing domestic abuse – meanings of justice. 2009 Welsh Centre for Crime and Social Justice Annual Conference. Cadair

Clarke, A., Wydall, S., Williams, K.S. 2009. School Inclusion and Exclusion: A Scoping Exercise. Reducing Crime, Disorder and Anti-Social Behaviour: Hotspotting Workshop organised by Dyfed Powys Criminal Justice Board and the Home Office July 2008. Cadair


Clarke, A., Williams, K.S., Wydall, S. 2008. An Evaluation of the Introduction of a Youth Inclusion Programme in Rural Wales. Cadair


Williams, K., Wydall, S., Clarke, A. 2007. Nothing Works! – Examining restorative justice conferencing responses to violent crime. Annual conference of the British Society of Criminology. Cadair


Tilley, N., Clarke, A. 2006. Evaluation in Criminal Justice. In I. G. R. Shaw., J. C. Greene., M. M. Mark. (eds) Handbook of Evaluation: Programme, Policy and Practice. SAGE Publications pp. 512-535. Cadair


Clarke, A., Simmonds, R., Wydall, S. 2005. Delivering cognitive skills programmes in prisons. 2005 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology. Cadair


Clarke, A., Simmonds, R., Wydall, S. 2004. Delivering cognitive skills programmes in Prison: a qualitative study. Home Office Other Cadair Other


Clarke, A., Moran-Ellis, J., Sleney, T. 2002. Attitudes to Date Rape and Relationship Rape. Sentencing Council Cadair Other


Burrows, J., Clarke, A., Davison, T., Tarling, R., Webb, S. 2001. Research into the nature and effectivenesss of drugs throughcare. RDS Occasional Paper, no. 68 Home Office Cadair