Stephen is Professor of Criminology in the School of Law. In September 2007 Stephen took up a post of Reader in Criminology in the Law School. He was promoted to Chair in January 2010. Prior to that he has taught at the Universities of Oxford and Keele. Stephen has held visiting positions at ANU (Australia) and the Department. of Criminology at Keele University.

Stephen’s research has focused on the fear of crime (especially how best to measure it), why people stop offending, middle-class crimes, and crime histories. Stephen’s other research interests include the long-term impact of Thatcherite social and economic policies on crime, and cognitive interviewing to improve survey questions.

Stephen is Deputy Head of the School of Law and Director for the Centre of Criminological Research Cluster. He is also closely involved with the Howard League for Penal Reform’s ‘What is Justice?’ research activities (and sits on their Research Advisory Group). He is on the editorial boards of the British Journal of Criminology and the European Journal of Criminology.

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