crime

909, 2016

BBC’s ‘One Of Us’ – Is Rob really the killer?

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

One of the more interesting themes from this week (Episode 3) was the juxtaposition between how the media reported and portrayed the young murdered couple to, as hinted at the end of the episode, the potentially darker reality behind why they were in fact killed. This brings […]

809, 2016

In the wake of 9/11: Are we any safer now?

By |September 8th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on In the wake of 9/11: Are we any safer now?

by Dr Imran Awan, Associate Professor in Criminology at Birmingham City University

As we approach the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, are we any safer now? I was at university when the 9/11 attacks happened in 2001. I remember the day vividly. I had just seen some friends after a trip abroad and on the […]

109, 2016

‘An eye for an eye’ – Episode 2 of BBC Thriller ‘One of Us’

By |September 1st, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on ‘An eye for an eye’ – Episode 2 of BBC Thriller ‘One of Us’

Dr Adam Lynes, Lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

This week’s episode of One of Us continues the “whodunit” style established in the first episode, but introduces and develops interesting themes that, from the point of view of a criminologist, are very interesting.

The most fascinating theme that I found myself being drawn to was the more philosophical […]

2408, 2016

New BBC thriller series ‘One of Us’ – a feast of crime and deviance

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by Dr Elizabeth Yardley, Associate Professor of Criminology and Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University.

In recent years we’ve seen a few ‘whydunit’ dramas emerge, such as The Fall, when we know who the perpetrator is from the outset and spend the series trying to figure out what drives them to […]

1708, 2016

What do ‘doping whispers’ say about anti-doping and the state of sport?

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By Dr Katinka van de Ven, Lecturer in Criminology, Birmingham City University and Kyle J.D. Mulrooney, PhD Fellow, Doctorate in Cultural and Global Criminology, University of Kent.

‘Rio 2016 is proving that sport is in crisis’

The ‘whisper’ that seems to follow every athlete that wins and especially those who break records, dominate their fields or see a […]

706, 2016

What could’ve motivated Gregoire Moutaux’s potential terrorism threat?

By |June 7th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on What could’ve motivated Gregoire Moutaux’s potential terrorism threat?

by Dr John Bahadur Lamb, Lecturer in Criminology and Security Studies at Birmingham City University

The arrest of Gregoire Moutaux by Ukrainian internal security – the SBU – shows that potential terrorist threats can come from all sides of the political spectrum at a time when it is very easy to be solely focused on the […]

1305, 2016

Marcella and Female Detectives in TV Crime Drama – Mad Women and Bad Men

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by Dr Elizabeth Yardley, Associate Professor of Criminology and Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University.

The ITV crime drama series Marcella draws to a close this week. Anna Friel plays Marcella Backland, a detective who returned to work at the deep end among a team of detectives on the trail of […]

903, 2016

Hatton Garden raiders shouldn’t be accepted as celebrity rebels or decent old geezers

By |March 9th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Hatton Garden raiders shouldn’t be accepted as celebrity rebels or decent old geezers

Dr James Treadwell, lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

At the sentencing of the Hatton Garden safety deposit box burglars (well those who were present, the sentencing of Brian Reader has been delayed due to his ill health, the illusive fugitive nicknamed ‘Basil’, remains an evasive enigma) the judge said that the raid was in […]

902, 2016

Cameron’s prison pronouncements lack real commitment

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Dr James Treadwell, senior lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

Having spent a considerable part of the last year in prison undertaking an ethnographic study of violence and victimisation, I greeted David Cameron’s announcements on his planned reform of English and Welsh prisons today (initially at least) with some optimism.  But as I looked further […]

2411, 2015

Cutting-edge research that leads the news agenda

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by Professor David Wilson, Centre for Applied Criminology, Birmingham City University

The news today that the Children’s Commissioner believes that 85 per cent of child sexual abuse is “missed” will sadly come as no surprise to academics working at the Centre for Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University.

Some 2½ years ago in July 2013, Professor Elizabeth […]