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Doing Criminological Research

Doing Criminological Research

Third Edition

September 2018 | 576 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The new edition of this bestselling textbook comes completely revised and updated to take students on a guided tour of criminological research.  

As a trusted companion, this book brings together a range of experts in the field to provide key perspectives on how to prepare, do and present research. Each chapter comes with a range of learning features and contextualised case studies, giving an in-depth review on conducting research projects. The book:

  • Includes fascinating case studies on transnational crime and policing, victims, male offenders, institutional abuse and more
  • Comes with study questions, activities, key terms and a glossary
  • Includes visual material which highlights and illustrates key points
  • Contains new chapters on mixed methods; web based criminological research; experimental criminological research and quantitative criminological research 

This is the go-to for any student studying criminology, essential to those conducting their own research in the field.

Decision Making and Reflexivity in Doing Criminological Research - Pamela Davies and Peter Francis
Planning and Proposing Criminological Research - Peter Francis
Undertaking a Criminological Literature Review - Alison Wakefield
Methodological Approaches to Criminological Research - Hannah Bows
Using Mixed Methods in Criminological Research - Vicky Heap and Jaime Waters
The Politics and Ethics of Criminological Research - David Scott
Writing Up and Presenting Criminological Research - Alexandra Hall
Using Historical Artefacts, Records and Resources in Criminological Research - Pam Cox, Heather Shore and Barry Godfrey
Using Social Surveys in Criminological Research - Jo Deakin and Jon Spencer
Doing Quantitative Data Analysis in Criminological Research - Nick Tilley, Graham Farrell and Andromachi Tseloni
Using Big Data and Data Analytics in Criminological Research - Lyria Bennett Moses and Janet Chan
Doing Qualitative Data Analysis in Criminological Research - Pamela Davies
Doing Longitudinal and Life-Course Criminological Research - Jerzy Sarnecki and Christoffer Carlsson
Using Interviews as Storytelling in Criminological Research - Elizabeth Stanley
Using In-Depth Interviewing and Documentary - Marie Segrave and Sanja Milivojevic
Using Biography and Autobiography in Criminological (and Victimological) Research - Ross McGarry and Zoe Alker
Doing Ethnographic Research in Criminology - Steve Hall
Doing Criminological Research Online - Majid Yar
Using Visual Methods in Criminological Research - Ronnie Lippens
Doing Comparative Criminological Research - Matthew Hall
Using Case Study Methods in Criminological Research - Kathleen Daly
Doing Criminological Evaluation Research - Rob White

As criminological inquiry continues to broaden, deepen and diversify its presence within and across the social sciences, this third and substantially up-dated edition of ‘Doing Criminological Research’ is an indispensable source. Its range and scope, together with the authority of its coverage and analysis, render it a tour de force. Essential reading for entry level, and more experienced researchers, alike.

Barry Goldson, Charles Booth Chair of Social Science, University of Liverpool

The third edition of Francis and Davies’ Doing Criminological Research will be a standard resource for British criminologists for years to come and an indispensable teaching tool. Its scope is comprehensive, its coverage is up-to-date, and its writers are first-rate. The editors have served the discipline well.

Rossella Selmini, University of Minnesota, Past President European Society of Criminology

Peter Francis and Pamela Davies have done a great service to the criminological field by publishing this comprehensive and updated research textbook, bridging qualitative and quantitative methods, literature review and methodological innovation, politics and ethics, writing and autobiography, longitudinal and life-course research, big-data and ethnographical studies, visual and international research, case and evaluation studies.

Professor Liqun Cao, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

The third edition of Doing Criminological Research provides a collection of high quality, reflective and accessible accounts of doing criminological research. This is a "must read" for anyone embarking on a research project. Contributors provide clear guidance on how to turn research ideas into research projects and insights into doing criminological research in new, innovative, dynamic and novel ways. Engendering a sense of excitement for students and scholars, this collection does much to stir the criminological imagination.

Dr Marisa Silvestri, Reader in Criminology, University of Kent

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Preparation, Decision Making and Reflexivity in Criminological Research

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Pamela Davies

Pam graduated in Social Sciences from what was then Sheffield City Polytechnic in 1985 and two years later followed this with a Masters degree in Criminology from University College Cardiff. She then held part-time lecturing posts in both Cardiff and Worcester before moving north to Newcastle to commence a full-time research post with Northumbria Police where she worked for five years. In 1991, Pam spent a year on secondment to Leicester University, Scarman Centre for the Study of Public Order as a Research Associate on a project entitled 'Police Co-operation in Europe' funded by Commission for the European Communities. Pam first joined... More About Author

Peter Francis

Peter has worked at Northumbria University since 1994 and before that at the Universities of Leicester and Hull. He gained his undergraduate degree from Northumbria University and studied at postgraduate level at Hull University. Between 2002 and 2008 he was a Senior Advisor to the Home Office and has been a council member and trustee of the independent charity the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, Kings College, London since 1996. More About Author

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