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Trevor Jones

Mr Trevor Jones


School of Social Sciences

+44 29208 75039
Glamorgan Building, Room 1.01B Glamorgan Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3WA
Available for postgraduate supervision


I am a criminologist working in the School of Social Sciences where I undertake research and teaching across a range of criminological subjects. I have over 30 years experience undertaking social research, and have published widely in the fields of policing, community safety, comparative criminal justice policy-making, policy transfer and workplace violence. I have authored/co-authored six research monographs and co-edited two edited collections, and have published numerous articles in peer reviewed journals and chapters in edited volumes. I am particularly interested in the fields of police governance and accountability, and in 'non-state' forms of policing such as commercial security. I have a strong interest in cross national comparative research, having undertaken collaborative work with researchers in a number of countries, including Brazil, Australia and The Netherlands. This has been developed in particular with my work on cross-national policy mobility in crime control. I have extensive teaching experience at undergraduate and postgraduate taught level, have supervised 12 PhD students to completion, and acted as internal and external examiner for PhDs on numerous occasions. 






















Book sections



  • Jones, T. D. B., Robinson, A. L., Fevre, R. W. and Lewis, D. 2009. Assaults and violence in the workplace. Presented at: British Society of Criminology annual meeting, Cardiff, UK, 29 June - 1 July 2009.



Research Interests

  • The politics of crime control
  • Comparative criminal justice policy-making
  • Police governance and accountability
  • Private policing and the governance of security
  • Harassment and bullying in the workplace

Current Research Projects

Urban development, crime and security in the tourist capital cities of the Northeast Brazil: the 
contrasting cases of Natal and Recife (Newton Fund, with Dr Mozart Fazito, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Natal, Brazil)
Since the 1970s, Latin American cities have adopted urban regeneration/development policies and security 
governance approaches from the Global North to improve urban life, but they remain among the most violent 
and socially polarised cities in the world. It is now widely observed that such policies need to be tailored to 
local contexts, values and cultures. In order to explore the crime-security-urban development nexus in 
Northeastern Brazil, this study intends to employ a mixed methods approach to explore the developmentcrime-security nexus within the particular contexts of two cities. It will analyse variations in crime trends as well 
as the development discourses behind the leisure/tourism business centred reconfiguration of urban spaces of 
two tourist cities of the Northeastern coast of Brazil: Natal and Recife. These contrasting cases can develop 
knowledge to inform contextualized policy making for Latin American urban centres, and explore enriched 
roles of leisure/tourism in urban development.

Policing the Urban Locale (with Professor Tim Newburn of the London School of Economics): I am currently working on research for a book for Oxford University Press which explores changes in the policing landscape in England & Wales over the past two decades, with a particular focus on the changing boundaries between public, private and hybrid policing bodies. The study involves a collation and analysis of secondary data on the size and shape of the different policing sectors, alongside a 'replication study' in the form of a local area case study of the London Borough of Wandsworth, which was the site of an earlier detailed case study of public and private policing for our 1998 book, Private Security and Public Policing (Clarendon Press).

IOM Cymru Electronic Monitoring Synergy Project (funded by Cardiff Crime and Security Research Institute, with Dr Jasmin Tregidga, Westpoint Research): This evaluation study explores the impact of a project by IOM Cymru intended to increase the use of electronic montoring (EM) by the courts across South Wales, and to improve the targeting and effectiveness of EM where it is used. It involves interviews with key stakeholders, including police, magistrates, offender managers and other practitioners working in Integrated Offender Management, and some quantitative analysis of secondary data relating to usage and impact of EM in South Wales. 

Recent external funding

British Academy (Newton Fund) - Newton Advanced Fellowship (£48,000 with Dr Mozart Fazito, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Natal, Brazil)

International Credit Mobility Project:Japan-Cardiff (Ryukoku and Waseda) Erasmus-British Council (£50,000) (with Sin Yi Cheung)

International Credit Mobility Project – Cardiff-Brazil (Unicamp, Brasilia, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro) Erasmus-British Council (£75,000) (with Sin Yi Cheung)



I teach on the range of criminology modules across all three years at undergraduate level. I deliver blocks of teaching on the following modules - Foundations in Contemporary Criminology (Year 1), Responses to Crime (Year 2, convenor), Police and Policing (Year 3) and Crime, Security, Justice and the City (Year 3). I also undertake undergraduate dissertation supervision, and am teaching subject lead for criminology. 

Taught Masters

I contribute to the module Researching Crime, Safety and Justice and undertake Masters dissertation supervision, and will make a major contribution to teaching and supervision on the new Masters in Global Criminology due to launch in 2022/3. 

PhD Supervision

I have supervised numerous PhD students in a range of criminological sub-fields including policing, penal policy-making, environmental regulation, fear of crime, risk and mentally disordered offenders, privatisation and criminal justice, and violence in sports. I am particularly interested in PhD supervision in a range of areas related to policing and the governance of security - especially police accountability and commercial security. 

Current supervisions include: Perceptions of security in the 21st Century (Marnix Eysink-Smeets), Remote Control: The Emergence Of Drones In Contemporary Policing In England And Wales (Michael Coliandris), Wales' Dirty Secret: Investigating The Level And Organisation Of Waste Crime In Wales (Martyn Evans), Sex Workers' Experiences of Domestic Violence (Sikiya  Adekanye). I am also on the supervisory panel of a PhD student from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte in Natal, Brazil, Tourism and Environmental Crimes in Brazil (Debora Urano)


Career Summary


1985-88              Mansfield College, University of Oxford, BA (Hons) Politics, Philosophy and Economics. First class honours.

1988-89              Templeton College, University of Oxford. MSc Management (Industrial Relations).


2013-           Professor of Criminology, Cardiff University School of Social Sciences (SOCSI)

2011-14       Deputy Director (People and Environment), SOCSI

2007-2013   Reader in Criminology and Criminal Justice, SOCSI

2002-2007   Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice, SOCSI

1998-2001   Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice, Cardiff University, School of Social Science, SOCSI

1997-1998   Lecturer in Criminology, School of Law, University of Edinburgh

1990-97       Research Fellow then Senior Research Fellow, Policy Studies Institute, London


My career began over 30 years ago, when, after completing undergraduate and masters degrees at Oxford University, I was employed by the Policy Studies Institute (PSI) in London (at that time one of the UK's leading independent policy research organisations). My employment at PSI involved a range of research methods training, and I gained wide experience of all aspects of the research process. This covered grant capture (including RCUK bodies), research design, data collection and analysis, publication in a wide variety of formats - including in scholarly journals - and management of the research process. In 1997, I moved into higher education taking up a one year fixed-term criminology lectureship in the Centre for Law and Society in the School of Law at the University of Edinburgh. The following year, I became a lecturer in criminology in the newly-formed School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University, where I have worked ever since.

During my time at Cardiff, I have been promoted to Senior Lecturer, Reader and then Professor (in 2013). From 2011 to 2014 I served on the Senior Management Team as Deputy Director (People and Environment) and then again from 2017 to 2018 as Director for International Engagement. As part of this role, with my colleague Professor Sin Yi Cheung, I secured significant funding under the Erasmus International Credit Mobility (ICM) scheme for mobility projects exchanging staff and students with leading universities in Brazil and Japan. I am currently the subject teaching lead for Criminology, and the Study Abroad/International Exchange Coordinator for the School. I also chair the Welsh Medium Strategy Group for the School, working closely with our School lead on this, Dr Sion Jones. 

Professional memberships

  • Member of the British Society of Criminology
  • Member of the European Society of Criminology
  • Visiting Research Fellow, Faculty of Social Studies, Vrije University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2006-2012)

Academic positions

2013-           Professor of Criminology, SOCSI

2011-14       Deputy Director (People and Environment) (SOCSI Senior Management Team)

2007-2013   Reader in Criminology and Criminal Justice, SOCSI

2002-2007   Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice, SOCSI

1998-2001   Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice, Cardiff University, School of Social Science (SOCSI)

1997-1998   Lecturer in Criminology, School of Law, University of Edinburgh

1990-97       Research Fellow then Senior Research Fellow, Policy Studies Institute, London

Committees and reviewing

  • Managing Editor, Criminology and Criminal Justice 2006-10
  • Managing Editor, Policing and Society 2011-14
  • Grant reviewer (Leverhulme Trust, ESRC)
  • Journal Reviewer (Punishment and Society, Policing and Society, Criminology & Criminal Justice, Law & Society Review, European Journal of Criminology, Journal of International & Comparative Social Policy)


I am interested in supervising PhD students in the following areas:

  • Policing
  • Private Security
  • Crime policy transfer
  • Devolution, policing and criminal justice
  • Comparative crime control policy