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Institute for Social Justice and Crime (ISJ&C)

 ISJ&C is an intellectual and operational vehicle at the University of Suffolk for conducting applied research in social science, humanities and its cognate fields. 


The Institute for Social Justice and Crime addresses social issues, understanding the causes and consequences of crime and in doing so will seek to expand academic policy and practice knowledge. The Institute’s research will further develop knowledge of multi-agency practices to improve their service to the community, increase public safety and to facilitate social justice. Interdisciplinarity, mixed and creative methodologies are key to the Institute’s approach to research. The Institute for Social Justice and Crime provides a nurturing research culture where early career researchers are valued and mentored to ensure they achieve their potential and everyone’s health and wellbeing are prioritised. 


The Institute for Social Justice and Crime is committed to addressing the social issues which act as barriers to justice with an emphasis on the experiences of vulnerable and marginalised groups. Fundamentally the Institute seeks to make the world a more equal and just place in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, in particular: Gender equality; Reduced inequalities and Peace, justice and strong institutions. 


Through consultations with academic staff at the University and external stakeholders 5 initial themes have been identified which will be the focus for developing specialism and excellence within the institute. Intersectionality, cross-theme collaboration and working is central to the institutes approach which will have dedicated staff to co-develop research work alongside the theme leadership teams. 

People, Justice & Security 

Trauma, Injustice, Violence & Abuse 

Gender & Sexual Minorities 

Childhoods, Children & Young People 

Global Majorities & Racial Justice

If you would like more information on our research or to explore collaborative opportunities, please do get in touch with the Institute Director, Prof Miranda Horvath: research@uos.ac.uk 

Institute Themes

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Find out about our research themes and current projects. 

Our People

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Take a look at who makes up the Institute for Social Justice & Crime.

News and Events

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Upcoming events and news bulletins within the Institute for Social Justice & Crime

Projects and Publications

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Key projects happening within the Institute and related publications.

Get in Touch

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How to contact us.

Looking for a PhD?

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Check out our Graduate School webpage and get in touch. Bursaries may be available. 

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Violence Against Women and Girls Network (VAWAG)

Founded in 2020 by Prof Miranda Horvath.

Our Team

Professor Horvath is a leading international researcher in the field of forensic psychology, specifically Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG). She is co-editor of the second edition of The Cambridge Handbook of Forensic Psychology (2021, Cambridge University Press) and is curren...

Lucy supports the Research Directorate team at the University of Suffolk, providing administrative support for the Research Institutes and Research Institute Directors. Lucy is also the Committee Secretary for the University’s Staff Research Ethics Committee and the REF Working Gr...

Maria works within the Institute for Social Justice and Crime, providing administrative support to Project Bluestone.  Maria joined the University of Suffolk in October 2021, having previously worked for the Department of Health and Social Care on the Covid-19 response. Before this...

Megan Hermolle is a social psychologist who received her BSc from Wolverhampton University in 2012, her MSc Investigative Psychology from the University of Huddersfield in 2013, and a PCGE in post-compulsory education in 2018 from Staffordshire University. She is due to complete her...

Dr Patrick Tidmarsh is a leading authority on sexual offending, the investigation of sexual crime, and forensic interviewing. He trains and lectures all over the world, helping police and other professionals to understand sexual offending, develop effective investigative and forensi...

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