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Victim-based approaches to measuring Crime Harm and Severity SSS8

  • School: School of Social Sciences
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Part-time
  • Starting: 2022
  • Funding: UK student / EU student (non-UK) / International student (non-EU) / Fully-funded


NTU's Fully-funded PhD Studentship Scheme 2022

Project ID: SSS8

Crime has traditionally been measured either in terms of volume i.e., number of offences, number of offenders, or victim-based approaches, such as crime prevalence, crime incidence and multiple and repeat victimisation. However, not all crimes are created equal. To this end, two measurements - the Cambridge Harm Index (CHI) and the Office for National Statistics (ONS) Crime Severity Score (CSS) – are widely used to ascertain the impact (harm) of victimisation upon different offence groups. The proposed PhD study will extend existing victim-based approaches to assessing and ranking the harm crimes cause to victims by moving beyond those directly affected, to also include their family, friends and social networks and the society at large across different offence groups. The PhD study will rely on national victimisation and criminal justice data, the Crime Survey for England and Wales and the Ministry of Justice ADR UK (Administrative Data Research UK) Data First datasets, respectively. The PhD study has the potential to advance the discourse in a number of areas, including how to measure crime in society, victimisation inequalities and equity and justice. The findings could directly inform the work of the Crime and Justice Team at ONS and feed into the priorities of crime prevention agencies.

The successful PhD candidate should have knowledge of social statistics and quantitative methodology and a social sciences (criminology, economics, geography, psychology, social policy) background. Familiarity working with large datasets and ideally experience in using R or Python is recommended.

The successful PhD candidate will join the Quantitative and Spatial Criminology (QSC) research group at Nottingham Trent University. QSC research identifies the individual, household and area characteristics that shape crime victimisation. The research knowledge QSC has generated directly informs crime reduction policy and initiatives.

School strategic research priority

This aligns with the Centre for Crime and Offending Prevention and Engagement (COPE).

Entry qualifications

For the eligibility criteria, visit our studentship application page.

How to apply

For guidance and to make an application, please visit our studentship application page. The application deadline is Friday 14 January 2022.

Fees and funding

This is part of NTU's 2022 fully-funded PhD Studentship Scheme.

Guidance and support

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