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Amanda Robinson

Professor Amanda Robinson

Professor of Criminology
Co-Director of the Security, Crime and Intelligence Innovation Institute
Director, Universities' Police Science Institute

School of Social Sciences

+44 29208 75401
Glamorgan Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3WA
Media commentator
Available for postgraduate supervision


After completing my postgraduate training at Michigan State University in 2001 (a PhD in Interdisciplinary Social Science with concentrations in criminology, sociology, and industrial/organisational psychology), I moved to Cardiff and am now a Professor of Criminology. I am also Director of the Universities' Police Science Institute and Co-Director of the Security, Crime and Intelligence Innovation Institute at Cardiff University.

My research generally includes a strong policy focus, and I am particularly interested in advancing knowledge in relation to how the police and criminal justice system, health and community-based agencies can best respond to violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence. Notable examples of my research include the development of MARACs (multiagency risk assessment conferences), IDVAs (independent domestic violence advisors), police use of risk assessment tools such as the DASH in the UK and more recently the introduction of the PPIT to more effectively identify and disrupt the most harmful perpetrators of domestic abuse. I was also directly involved in shaping the Welsh Government's White Paper proposals that led to the Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Act 2015. It is not often that academics are able to trace an idea from inception, through research, implementation and expansion, into new legislation, and I feel fortunate to have had this experience.

Over the years, I have acquired extensive experience collecting and analysing both qualitative and quantitative data. I have been the Principal Investigator on a number of projects, ensuring the research is conducted ethically, sensitively and delivered to cost and on time. I am very adept at drawing out the main conclusions from complex multi-site and multi-method projects, and have acquired a reputation for my ability to produce 'digestible' practice-based messages for practitioners and policy-makers. Most of all, I just really enjoy conducting research and working collaboratively on projects that in some way are able to make a positive difference to the world in which we live.


I welcome PhD applicants to work on topics related to:

  • Police and policing
  • Violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence
  • Risk identification, assessment and management
  • Multi-agency approaches to crime and disorder
  • The criminal justice system

I have used a wide range of methodological approaches in my research and am particularly interested in supervising PhD students who want to used mixed methods.
























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My research over the last twenty years has predominantly focussed on how the police and criminal justice system, health and community-based agencies respond to violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence.

My quantitative expertise in particular has led to an established track record of funded research as both principal and co-investigator. I also have extensive experience with the collection and analysis of qualitative data. My research can be described as utilising mixed methods and having a strong policy focus, with the aim of producing positive changes in real-world settings.

I have an enduring commitment to the improvement of governmental, legislative and practical approaches to reducing violence, and an established track record of effectively engaging with academics, practitioners, stakeholders, and the general public in relation to this issue.


I have two decades of teaching experience, and ten years of curriculum design experience. My extensive experience covers all aspects of tertiary-level teaching, including the development of new modules, delivering lectures to both large and small cohorts, group tutorials, individual supervisions and workshops.

During my time at Cardiff University I have taught on all of the undergraduate Criminology modules, and most of the postgraduate Criminology modules. I have also taught on both undergraduate and postgraduate Research Methods modules, and have convened both undergraduate and postgraduate modules.

My teaching is informed by my experience as an active researcher. The overall objective of my teaching is to produce students who are thoughtful, capable and critical consumers of research as well as budding, enthusiastic, and proficient producers of research.



PhD  Interdisciplinary Social Science, Michigan State University


MS  Criminal Justice, University of Alabama


BA  Criminal Justice and Psychology (double major), University of Alabama

Honours and awards



Michigan State University School of Criminal Justice Hall of Fame Award.


European Society of Criminology Best Article Award: Verbruggen, J., Blokland, A., Robinson, A. L., and Maxwell, C. D. 'The relationship between criminal behaviour over the life-course and intimate partner violence perpetration in later life,' European Journal of Criminology, 17(6), 784-805


Literati Award for Outstanding Paper: Robinson, A. L., Rees, A. and Dehaghani, R. 'Making connections: A multi-disciplinary analysis of domestic homicide, mental health homicide and adult practice reviews,' Journal of Adult Protection, 21(1), 16-26.


Cardiff University Policy Innovation & Impact Award: 'From White Paper to Royal Assent: Academic Input into the Development of the Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse, and Sexual Violence (Wales) Act 2015.' (with EJ Renold) 


Article shortlisted for the SAGE Prize for Innovation and/or Excellence: Fevre, R., Robinson, A. L., Jones, T., and Lewis, D. 'Disabled Employees' Perceptions of Ill-treatment in the Workplace', Work, Employment & Society, 27(2), 296-315.


Runner up Best Article: Robinson, A. L. and Tilley, N. 'Factors Influencing Police Performance in the Investigation of Volume Crimes in England and Wales', Police Practice and Research, 10(3), 1-15.


Winner of the American Society of Criminology's Division of Women and Crime student paper award: Robinson, A. L. and Chandek, M. S. 'Differential Police Response to Black Battered Women', Women and Criminal Justice, 12(2/3), 29-61.

Professional memberships

  • British Society of Criminology (Editor 2012-2022, British Journal of Criminology)
  • American Society of Criminology (Editorial Board, International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice)
  • European Society of Criminology (organising committee for the 2017 annual conference)
  • Cardiff Centre for Crime Law & Justice (CCLJ) 

Committees and reviewing

2022-present      Co-Director of the Security, Crime and Intelligence Innovation Institute

2017-2021          Deputy Head of School Social Sciences

2016-present:     Member of the Senior Management Team

2015-present:     Member of the Research Committee, Co-Director of Research (Impact)

2012-14:             Director of the MSc/Diploma in Social Science Research Methods (SSRM)


  • gender-based violence
  • police and policing
  • specialist courts
  • multi-agency approaches to crime reduction
  • The Criminal Justice System