Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Professor and Director of the Institute for Crime and Justice Policy Research

United Kingdom

Closing in 12 days

Professor and Director of the Institute for Crime and Justice Policy


We are thrilled to announce a unique opportunity at Birkbeck, University of London. We are looking for a distinguished individual to take up the role of Professor and Director of the Institute for Crime and Justice Policy Research (ICPR).

Salary range

From £71,017

Contract type

Open ended


Full time



Business Unit

School of Social Sciences

Closing date for applicants


Ref No


We are thrilled to announce a unique opportunity at Birkbeck, University of London. We are looking for a distinguished individual to take up the role of Professor and Director of the Institute for Crime and Justice Policy Research (ICPR).

This role offers the chance to lead and expand ICPR's programme of academically-grounded, policy-oriented research on crime and justice, with the aim of advancing knowledge, supporting better policymaking and practice, and enhancing ICPR's national and international reputation.

As the Professor and Director of ICPR, you will:

  • Lead the development of ICPR's national and international reputation for academically-grounded, policy-oriented research on crime and justice and implement the research strategy
  • Oversee ICPR's ambitious, wide-ranging programme of work and manage the staff team which comprises 10 to 14 academics and researchers
  • Secure research and other funding from a range of sources, exploiting new opportunities for income generation and ensuring ICPR's financial sustainability and future growth
  • Support ICPR staff in the development of funding proposals and their own research and professional profiles
  • Contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in Birkbeck's School of Social Sciences and the development of new teaching programmes, modules and short courses.
  • The ideal candidate for the Professor and Director of ICPR role will have:

  • A strong record of publications in criminology, law or socio-legal studies and expertise in a range of research methodologies
  • Experience of successfully raising research funding from various sources
  • Experience of working with justice practitioners and policy-makers and of disseminating research outputs to a wide range of diverse audiences
  • Experience of managing research teams and large funded research projects
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills, with the ability to interact effectively with individuals and groups in differing formal and informal settings.
  • ICPR's current research is focused on three thematic priorities: policing and the policed; courts, court users and the judicial process; and prisons and the use of imprisonment.

    Core activities include the compilation and hosting of the World Prison Brief online database providing information on prison systems around the world; this comprehensive evidence base for penal reform is trusted and used by governmental and non-governmental organisations, international agencies, academics, journalists and others worldwide. Underlying all ICPR's work is a commitment to the principles of justice, fairness and human rights.


    From £71,017 per annum, Grade 10 of the College's London Pay Scale.

    Birkbeck offers a competitive salary and pension scheme, 31 days paid leave, flexible working arrangements and some of the most generous benefits in the HE sector, all while being located right in the heart of Central London.

    Terms and Conditions

    Open-ended, permanent contract, Full-time (35 hours a week) Monday – Friday with hybrid working. Please submit a CV for consideration. Closing date: 7 May 2024. Interview date: w/c 28 May 2024.


    If you would like to know more about the role, please contact Jessica Jacobson, Professor of Criminal Justice and Director of the Institute for Crime and Justice Policy Research at [email protected].

    If you have difficulty using the recruitment portal please contact [email protected] providing your name and the job reference number of the position. While we are happy to respond to all informal enquiries, only formal applications through the online system will be considered.

    We welcome applicants from all sections of the community. The College is committed to improving the gender and cultural diversity of its workforce, holding an Athena SWAN award and operating Disability Confident & Mindful Employer schemes.

    Job details


    Professor and Director of the Institute for Crime and Justice Policy Research


    Birkbeck, University of London


    United Kingdom


    March 27, 2024

    Application deadline

    May 07, 2024

    Job type

    Associate Professor/Professor


    Law,Political Science,Social Science

    About the employer

    Established in 1823, the Birkbeck University of London is an open research university that was founded by George Birkbeck. It is associated with the Commonwealth Universities, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, European University Association, and the University of London. Earlier, the university was known as the London Mechanic's Institute. In 1830, it started admitting female students which resulted in an increase in the number of enrolments.

    In 1858, the university began to offer undergraduate degrees to its students. In 1866, the university's name was changed to Birkbeck Literary and Scientific Institution. Later on, it was shortened to Birkbeck College and then it was given the status of the university and it became the Birkbeck University of London. In 1904, the Student Union was developed where a council was elected to manage the organization. The student union of Birkbeck is the first to be a Founding Member of the National Union of Students.

    The campus of the university comprises of a number of teaching hospitals, scientific institutes, and laboratories. The School of Arts and the Department of Humanities and English is also located within the premises. Moreover, it houses residence halls for students, provides all the facilities required by them. Some of the renowned residence halls are Vanessa Bell, Lydia Lopokova, and John Maynard Keynes. In addition, the campus features a Birkbeck cinema hall and Peltz Gallery. It is known to be nearby cafes, restaurants, departmental stores, and shops for the convenience of students. Considering the growing number of students, the university decided to expand its faculties and the campus. In 2013, a new campus in East London was opened. And, many of the institutes were constructed at this campus.

    The university offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs. The school of humanities was built in 2004, which is known to be a well-known faculty of the university. Also, the university collaborated with the London Knowledge Lab for research studies. The academic structure of the university includes a variety of subjects that are categorized into 19 departments. Some of the notable departments are the Department of Criminology, Department of Planetary Sciences, Department of Media, Film & Cultural Studies, Department of History, Department of Mathematics, Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication, and the Department of Computer Science & Information Systems. Not just this, faculty members of the university are known to be well-experienced and co-operative.

    The Birkbeck University of London has a list of notable alumni that includes Bear Grylls (Television presenter), Ramsay MacDonald (First labor Prime Minister of the United Kingdom), Aaron Klug (Nobel Prize in Chemistry), Eric Hobsbawm (Famous historian), and Daisy Ridley (Renowned Actress).

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