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311, 2016

What happened at the launch of our new regional economy centre?

By |November 3rd, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on What happened at the launch of our new regional economy centre?

by Alex De Ruyter, Director of Research at Birmingham City University’s Business School

The Centre for Regional Economic Development and Investment (CREDIT) at Birmingham City University held its inaugural event at the institution’s Curzon Building on the 27th October. The launch featured several keynote speakers, led by an opening contribution from Councillor John Clancy, Leader of […]

211, 2016

Lovable Rogues: The Public Fascination of Gangsters

By |November 2nd, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Lovable Rogues: The Public Fascination of Gangsters

by Mohammed Rahman, PhD Researcher and Assistant Lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

On Monday, it was announced that British actor Tom Hardy is set to play Al Capone in a forthcoming film, focusing on the final years of the Chicagoan mobster.  Once on the FBI’s most wanted list, Al Capone’s criminal activities of bootlegging, protection […]

111, 2016

How society has created groups that are vulnerable to serial murder

By |November 1st, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on How society has created groups that are vulnerable to serial murder

by Dr Adam Lynes, criminologist at Birmingham City University

Stephen Port, forty-one and a chef from East London, is currently on trial for the murder of four men who were found dumped within 400 metres of Port’s home in Cooke Street over a 15-month period. In particular, Port is accused of luring the four young men […]

2610, 2016

The Exploitation of ‘Antique’ Firearms in Birmingham’s Criminal Underworld

By |October 26th, 2016|Opinion|Comments Off on The Exploitation of ‘Antique’ Firearms in Birmingham’s Criminal Underworld

By Mohammed Rahman, PhD Researcher and Assistant Lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

Birmingham has a rich and proud history of manufacturing guns.  The second city’s Gun Quarter was once the epicentre of the world’s gun manufacturing industry (Chinn, 1994).  To put things into perspective, by the outbreak of the Second World War, the Birmingham […]

2610, 2016

Runway economics or plane stupid?

By |October 26th, 2016|In The News|Comments Off on Runway economics or plane stupid?

by Claudia Carter, Reader in Environment Governance

Development debates often tend to juxtapose environmental concerns with the need for economic growth and job creation.  The decision by Parliament today to support the expansion of Heathrow Airport with a third runway, is a good case in point.  An expansion, no doubt, will create more jobs in construction […]

2410, 2016

Ched Evans: A Controversial Case

By |October 24th, 2016|In The News|Comments Off on Ched Evans: A Controversial Case

By Liam Brolan, PhD Researcher and Visiting Lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

The quashing of former Wales international and Chesterfield striker, Ched Evans’ rape conviction two weeks ago, would appear to be one of the most provocative criminal justice stories of 2016. The outcome of the case, which has split opinion and sparked fierce […]

2010, 2016

What is our fascination with the subject of murder and why does it captivate so many of us?

By |October 20th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on What is our fascination with the subject of murder and why does it captivate so many of us?

by Morag Kennedy, Visiting Lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

Murder is, of course, the ultimate taboo.  However it is also a human impulse.  Often when we see murder on the news, we are disgusted by its consequences: the life lost; the grieving family; its effect on that particular close-knit community.  However, there is an […]

1710, 2016

‘The Circus of Horrors’ – A Criminologist’s thoughts on the “Killer Clown Epidemic”

By |October 17th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on ‘The Circus of Horrors’ – A Criminologist’s thoughts on the “Killer Clown Epidemic”

by Dr Adam Lynes, lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

The 2016 clown sightings, which have commonly been referred to by names such as “panic”, “uprising”, “epidemic”, and “invasion” , are a series of “evil” or “killer” clown sightings reported in the United States and to a lesser extent other Western countries since August 2016.

This […]

2009, 2016

Why should we be concerned about violence in Ice Hockey?

By |September 20th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Why should we be concerned about violence in Ice Hockey?

by Dr Victoria Silverwood, Lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

Although ice hockey remains a marginal sport in the UK, it is gaining popularity with over 20 professional teams and hundreds of recreational and junior teams covering the United Kingdom.

Ice hockey is unique among sports for its legitimisation of the bare-knuckle fist fight within the […]

1609, 2016

BBC’s ‘One Of Us’ – Can the final episode be likened to real-life murder cases?

By |September 16th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on BBC’s ‘One Of Us’ – Can the final episode be likened to real-life murder cases?

<by Dr Adam Lynes, Lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

As suggested last week, it was highly unlikely that Rob was going to be the killer, despite his apparent motivation to kill the “knife wielding drug addict” who murdered the young couple in the first episode, and the practical manner in which he assisted in […]