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International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR)

ICCCR is a unique multi disciplinary and cross-faculty Research Centre

Welcome to ICCCR

The International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR) is based in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Open University. It was established in December 2003. In 2010 it was formally partnered with the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies.

ICCCR is a unique multi disciplinary and cross faculty initiative drawing on expertise from Social Sciences (social policy & criminology, psychology and sociology) and Health and Social Care (youth justice); and from the affiliated International Centre for the History of crime, policing and justice, based in the Faculty of Arts; and the affiliated Higher and Distance Education in Prison research interest group, based in the Institute of Educational Technology.

The ICCCR unites contemporary practice-based research and critical policy analysis in crime, policing and criminal justice with an awareness of historical, psychological and social contexts.

ICCCR has developed three substantive (but inter-related) areas of expertise:

  • policing
  • justice, rights and regulation
  • prisons/penology

Coherence between these subject areas is maintained through a shared interest in comparative methodologies (historical and/or cross-cultural) and in a concern for processes of governance and regulation. Its research is aimed at academic, policy and practitioner audiences, and is disseminated via regular conferences, seminars and publications.

On these web pages you will find details about the Centre, about the interests and publications of its members and about upcoming conferences and seminars. Should you require more information, however, please do contact us.


CRIMPREV - GERN Centre for Crime and Justice Studies Esmée Fairbairn Foundation European Society of Criminology Heritage Lottery Fund

Last updated: 17 February 2015

Get in touch

If you would like to discuss your research or potential projects with someone from the Centre, please feel free to approach the Director, Professor Steve Tombs, Tel: +44 (0)1908 651550, e-mail: