Research themes

We are a multi-disciplinary team centred in Lancaster University, in eight departments across the Faculties of arts and social sciences, health and medicine, science and technology, and several research centres and institutes, collaborating in projects with colleagues in the UK, European Union and beyond including: Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the US.

We are a coalition of researchers investigating violence and society. We seek to build a coherent understanding and explanation of variations in violence and to contribute research expertise to public debate and policy making.

The Centre has five major themes:

  1. Theory and concepts: What is violence: developing the concepts and theories to explain the increase, decrease and variation in violence
  2. Measurement: Current measurement practices hide some forms of violence, especially against women: developing a new measurement framework and methods to remedy this.
  3. Types of violence: Different types of violence and coercion, including trafficking in human beings, violent crime, domestic violence and rape. Gender is mainstreamed rather than treated in isolation.
  4. Policy and interventions: Analysing what works to reduce violence through policy fields including: criminal justice; civil justice; security; health; and gender equality. International: engaging with the European Union, Council of Europe and UN, as well as the UK.
  5. Change: What future of violence, including macro-socio-historical trends; the impact of the economic crisis; and situational crime analysis. What might it mean to move towards ‘zero violence’?