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Laura Garius

Laura Garius

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)


Dr Laura Garius is a Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Criminology.

Laura teaches on a number of modules:

BA (Hons) Criminology

  • Understanding Crime and Society (Year One)
  • Crime Reduction (Year Two)
  • Penology (Year Two)
  • Drugs and Society (Final Year - Module Leader)

PG Certificate in Policing Research

  • Evidence-Based Policing
  • Policing Research in Practice (Module Leader)

Career overview

Laura joined Nottingham Trent University as a Lecturer in Criminology in September 2015.

Laura has a PhD in Criminology and MSc in Criminology from Loughborough University and prior to this, worked as a researcher with the Nottingham Crime and Drugs Partnership (NCDP). She is a member of the Quantitative and Spatial Criminology group at Nottingham Trent University and has conducted collaborative research with Nottinghamshire Police, NCDP, Drinkaware, and Victim Support.

Laura’s doctorate examined trends in night-time economy violence and modelled both the risk of violent victimisation and the severity of assault. She is part of the ESRC-funded ‘Violence Trends Project’ and is currently working with Drinkaware on a number of projects evaluating the Drinkaware ‘Club Crew’ harm reduction initiative; both in a nightclub and festival context. As part of the ESRC-funded ‘Nottingham Shop Theft Project’, Laura examines local and national shop theft trends and conducts interviews with prolific shop theft offenders in order to identify key drivers and facilitators of shoplifting. As part of this project, the team are currently developing neighbourhood-level risk profiles across the different retail sectors and different geographical areas.

Research areas

Laura’s research interests include:

  • criminogenic opportunities
  • violence and violence prevention
  • victimisation risk
  • the role of substance use in both violent and acquisitive crime
  • shop theft offending
  • offender decision-making
  • crime rate fluctuation.

Laura engages with both quantitative and qualitative methodological approaches as part of her research.

External activity

  • Member of the Home Office’s Commercial Victimisation Survey (CVS) Steering Group
  • Member of the East Midlands Policing Academic Collaboration (EMPAC)
  • Member of the Nottingham Shop Theft Project Steering Group
  • Member of the Violence Trends Project Steering Group


Hunter, J., Garius, L., Hamilton, P. and Wahidin, A., 2018. Who Steals from Shops, and Why? A Case Study of Prolific Shop Theft Offenders. In: Ceccato , V. and Armitage, R. eds. Retail Crime: International Evidence and Prevention. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, pp. 71 - 97.

Garius, L., 2016. Opportunities for physical assault in the night-time economy in England and Wales, 1981-2011/12. Doctoral dissertation. Loughborough University.

Garius, L. and Grove, L., 2015. Enriching the university experience through volunteering: a pilot project. International review of victimology21(2), pp.233-245.

Tseloni, A., Farrell, G., Tilley, N., Grove, L., Thompson, R. & Garius, L., 2012. Towards a Comprehensive Research Plan on Opportunity Theory and the Crime Falls. In J.Van Dijk., A.Tseloni., and G. Farrell. eds. The International Crime Drop: New Directions in Research. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Garius, L. and Grove, L., 2012. Students Supporting Students: Evaluating a New Model of Victim Support. Online Report for Victim Support.

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