Professor Christopher Birkbeck

School of Health and Society

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Contact Details

Allerton Room L516

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Current positions

Professor of Criminology


I graduated in Geography from the University of Oxford and then did doctoral research (at the University of Wales) on crime in Latin America. From 1980 to 2006 I was based at the Universidad de Los Andes, Venezuela, teaching and researching criminology. During that time, I also spent more than five years as a visiting lecturer and researcher at the University of New Mexico in the United States. I moved to the University of Salford in 2006, where I continue to research and teach in the field of Criminology.

Areas of research

Criminology, Youth Crime, Restorative Justice


  • The Criminal Justice Process
  • Constructing Guilt and Innocence
  • International Criminal Justice

Research Interests

My initial research, in the 1970s, focused on informal sector employment in urban Latin America and led to an interest in crime. For the past 30 years my main area of substantive interest has been criminology, with particular attention to Latin America and, more recently, the Americas in general. I have written on the comparative method in criminology; situational theories of crime; and many aspects of crime and criminal justice in Venezuela. In the past five years, I have concluded projects on police use of force, alternatives to imprisonment, and juvenile delinquency. My current research focuses mainly on the moral dimensions of crime in two very different domains: adolescent peer groups, and victim-offender conferences.

Postgraduate Research
  • Criminology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Cross-National Studies
  • Human Rights
  • Latin America

Qualifications and Memberships


  • MA (Oxon)
  • PhD (Wales)


  • Member of the British Society of Criminology