criminology

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 […]

912, 2014

West Midlands Police Security Risk

By |December 9th, 2014|In The News|Comments Off on West Midlands Police Security Risk

By John Lamb, Lecturer in Criminology

Late last night an anonymous tip was given to West Midlands Police about a supposed plot to kidnap and kill a police officer. Rightly, a decision was made to recall officers to base and to brief them on this information. Coming on the back of an increase in the threat […]

407, 2014

Rolf Harris and Jimmy Savile – Challenging the “performances” of sexual predators

By |July 4th, 2014|In The News|Comments Off on Rolf Harris and Jimmy Savile – Challenging the “performances” of sexual predators

Dr Elizabeth Yardley, Reader in Criminology and Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University

Many of us are once again reflecting upon modern day sexual predators following the recent investigation into Jimmy Savile’s activities in NHS organisations and the conviction of Rolf Harris on 12 counts of indecent assault. We continue to […]

1306, 2014

Research into the impact of counter-terrorism measures upon Muslim communities – How does my research impact on everyday life?

By |June 13th, 2014|Opinion|Comments Off on Research into the impact of counter-terrorism measures upon Muslim communities – How does my research impact on everyday life?

Imran Awan, Senior Lecturer in Criminology

Since the introduction of counter-terrorism legislation and policies after 9/11, there has been a significant debate about what impact such measures have had upon local communities and Muslim families, who in particular feel victimised and increasingly are being viewed as ‘suspects’. My research provides a unique contribution towards understanding the […]

2101, 2014

Giants, Witches and Serpents: Making sense of “Serial Killer” Joanna Dennehy?

By |January 21st, 2014|In The News|Comments Off on Giants, Witches and Serpents: Making sense of “Serial Killer” Joanna Dennehy?

Dr Liz Yardley, Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology

This week 31 year-old Joanna Dennehy returns to the spotlight as the media descend on Cambridge Crown Court to witness the trials of the men accused of assisting her in her crimes.  Dennehy entered a guilty plea to the murders of Lukasz Slaboszewski, John Chapman and […]

1501, 2014

The new Channel 5 series ‘Autopsy’ – going too far or providing a new lens through which to look at celebrity lives and deaths?

By |January 15th, 2014|In The News|Comments Off on The new Channel 5 series ‘Autopsy’ – going too far or providing a new lens through which to look at celebrity lives and deaths?

Dr Liz Yardley, Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology

Last night saw the second in the new Channel 5 series ‘Autopsy’, in which an established pathologist reviews the autopsy report of a high-profile celebrity and tries to build a picture of their life and death. As a criminologist I was particularly interested to see how […]