criminology

1206, 2015

Can Criminological Theory Explain FIFA?

By |June 12th, 2015|In The News|Comments Off on Can Criminological Theory Explain FIFA?

Professor David Wilson, Birmingham City University’s School of Social Sciences

Is there any way that criminological theory can help to explain the current scandals engulfing FIFA, the re-election of Sepp Blatter prior to the announcement of his resignation and the general “business as usual” approach that has been adopted?  Is FIFA in denial about what has […]

1106, 2015

Jordskott – Beyond ‘labs and slabs’: What fuels our appetite for serialised crime drama?

By |June 11th, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Jordskott – Beyond ‘labs and slabs’: What fuels our appetite for serialised crime drama?

Dr Elizabeth Yardley, Reader in Criminology at Birmingham City University

Last night I watched the first episode of Jordskott on ITV Encore with interest. The 10 part series is the latest incarnation of Nordic Noir, following the considerable success of its predecessors which include Wallander, The Killing and The Bridge. Lengthy serialised crime dramas have become […]

2702, 2015

University to host Birmingham Integration Roadshow

By |February 27th, 2015|In The News|Comments Off on University to host Birmingham Integration Roadshow

Birmingham is one of the world’s most multicultural cities. But in the wake of global terror attacks, has life become more difficult for people in the city? Are incidences of hate crime on the rise? And how is the relationship between our faith communities and the police?

Birmingham City University is hosting a national debate on […]

2402, 2015

Killer Psychopaths: Almost Human

By |February 24th, 2015|In The News|Comments Off on Killer Psychopaths: Almost Human

As I entered the lift of my hotel in Wichita, Kansas, two other people joined me. Both were dressed entirely as animals although, luckily for me, despite being completely encased in a furry costume, they both spoke English.

“Which floor?” asked the largest who was dressed as, I think, a biker mouse.

“8th please,” I replied, and […]

1702, 2015

Who killed EastEnders’ Lucy Beale? Or more importantly, why do we care?

By |February 17th, 2015|In The News|Comments Off on Who killed EastEnders’ Lucy Beale? Or more importantly, why do we care?

One of the things that gets me out of bed in the morning is my mission to bust the numerous myths and stereotypes around homicide[1]. Whilst crimes like this feature prominently in the broadcast and entertainment media, they are very rare and not many of us will have direct experience of them. This is clearly […]

1102, 2015

When a barrel bomb isn’t a barrel bomb – inside the mind of Syria’s dictator

By |February 11th, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on When a barrel bomb isn’t a barrel bomb – inside the mind of Syria’s dictator

Jeremy Bowen’s interview on the BBC with Bashar al-Assad of Syria has certainly provoked a great deal of questioning. Did Assad believe what he was saying, especially about “barrel bombs”? Was he deluded, or in denial? How could he sit there seemingly making light of the enormity of the suffering and human misery that surrounded […]

1102, 2015

Killer Psychopaths: Joanna Dennehy (Episode 1 Review)

By |February 11th, 2015|Opinion, Student Life|Comments Off on Killer Psychopaths: Joanna Dennehy (Episode 1 Review)

Catch Professor David Wilson on Channel 5 in his new series 'Killer Psychopaths' (Tuesday 9pm)

602, 2015

Serial Thriller: Killer Psychopaths with Professor David Wilson

By |February 6th, 2015|In The News|Comments Off on Serial Thriller: Killer Psychopaths with Professor David Wilson

“I want my fun” – Joanna Dennehey, 2014

Psychopath. The word has seamlessly passed into everyday speech and common usage. On any given day I will hear someone describe their friend, their boss, ex-partner, or just somebody that they know as a ‘psychopath’, with almost total faith that they actually understand what they are describing.

Yet, when […]

1601, 2015

BCU Talks To… Zoe Pelletier

By |January 16th, 2015|Student Life|Comments Off on BCU Talks To… Zoe Pelletier

French criminology student Zoe Pelletier made local headlines last week when she organised a candlelit vigil in Birmingham City Centre to show solidarity and to pay tribute to the victims of the Charlie Hebdo massacre.

An estimated 700 people gathered around Victoria Square last Thursday (Jan 8), lighting candles as a mark of respect. The 22-year-old […]

1401, 2015

Bring Back Borstal

By |January 14th, 2015|Opinion|Comments Off on Bring Back Borstal

Would bringing back the methods from Borstal Prison solve the current crisis in UK prisons? Professor David Wilson discusses.

In what can only be described as one of the worst inspection reports on a Young Offender Institution (YOI) of all time, the Chief Inspector of Prisons, Nick Hardwick, yesterday described HMYOI Feltham as “unacceptably violent” and […]