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.


Access to Justice for Victims/Survivors of Elder Abuse: A Qualitative StudyClarke, A., Williams, J. & Wydall, S. 2016 In : Social Policy and Society.15, 2, p. 207-22014 p.
A safe space? Creating opportunities for domestic violence victims to remain in the family home.Clarke, A. & Wydall, S. 2015 In : Criminal Justice Matters.99, 1, p. 20-21
Clarke, A., Williams, J, Wydall, S. (2015) ‘Access to justice for victims of elder abuse’ Social Policy & Society Cambridge Journal (first view) pp.1-14Wydall, S., Williams, J. & Clarke, A. 2015 In : Social Policy and Society.p. 114 p.
From 'Rights to Action': practitioners' perceptions of the needs of children experiencing domestic violenceClarke, A. & Wydall, S. 2013 In : Child and Family Social Work.p. n/a
Making Safe: A coordinated community response to empowering victims and tackling perpetrators of domestic violenceClarke, A. & Wydall, S. 2013 In : Social Policy and Society.12, 3, p. 393-406
Protecting older victims of abuse who lack capacity: the role of the Independent Mental Capacity AdvocateWilliams, J., Wydall, S. & Clarke, A. 2013 In : Elder Law Journal.3, 2, p. 167-1748 p.
An Evaluation of the ‘Access to Justice’ Pilot Project.Clarke, A. H., Wydall, S., Williams, J. R. & Boaler, R. R. 2012 Welsh Government. 71 p.
Describing and Assessing Interventions to address Anti-Social Behaviour: Key findings from a study of ASB practiceClarke, A. H., Williams, K. S., Wydall, S. M., Gray, P., Liddle, M. & Smith, A. 2011 Home Office. 54 p. (Home Office Research Report)
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 WestClarke, A. H. & Wydall, S. M. 2010 Welsh Government. 76 p.
The Sociology of HealthcareClarke, A. 2010 2nd Edition ed.Taylor & Francis. 448 p.
Social Work, Criminal Justice and their reconfiguring relationshipsMcNeill, F., Bracken, D. & Clarke, A. 2010 In : Revista de Asistenta Sociala.8, 1, p. 114-12411 p.
A qualitative study of the perceived comparative effectiveness of interventions to address anti-social behaviourClarke, A., Wydall, S. & Williams, K. S. 2010 Home Office.
Social Work in Criminal JusticeMcNeill, F., Bracken, D. & Clarke, A. 2009 The Sage Handbook of Social Work Research. Shaw, I., Briar-Lawson, K., Orme, J. & Ruck de schel, R. (eds.). SAGE Publications, p. 447-46216 p. (Sage Handbooks)
Making Safe - Preliminary findings and methodological challengesWydall, S. & Clarke, A. 2009
Policing the Past: cold case studies, forensic evidence and retroactive social controlInnes, M. & Clarke, A. 2009 In : British Journal of Sociology.60, 3, p. 543-56321 p.
Contextualizing domestic abuse – meanings of justiceWydall, S. & Clarke, A. 2009
School Inclusion and Exclusion: A Scoping ExerciseClarke, A., Wydall, S. & Williams, K. S. 2009 Reducing Crime, Disorder and Anti-Social Behaviour: Hotspotting Workshop organised by Dyfed Powys Criminal Justice Board and the Home Office July 2008.
An Evaluation of the Introduction of a Youth Inclusion Programme in Rural WalesClarke, A., Williams, K. S. & Wydall, S. 2008
Nothing Works! – Examining restorative justice conferencing responses to violent crimeWilliams, K., Wydall, S. & Clarke, A. 2007
Evaluation in Criminal JusticeTilley, N. & Clarke, A. 2006 Handbook of Evaluation: Programme, Policy and Practice. Shaw, I. G. R., Greene, J. C. & Mark, M. M. (eds.). SAGE Publications, p. 512-53524 p.
Delivering cognitive skills programmes in prisonsClarke, A., Simmonds, R. & Wydall, S. 2005
Delivering cognitive skills programmes in Prison: a qualitative studyClarke, A., Simmonds, R. & Wydall, S. 2004 Home Office. 44 p.
Attitudes to Date Rape and Relationship RapeClarke, A., Moran-Ellis, J. & Sleney, T. 2002 Sentencing Council. 83 p.
Research into the nature and effectivenesss of drugs throughcareBurrows, J., Clarke, A., Davison, T., Tarling, R. & Webb, S. 2001 Home Office. 64 p. (RDS Occasional Paper; no. 68)