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Professor Mike Hough

Until September 2016, Mike Hough was Professor of Criminal Policy in the School of Law and Associate Director of the Institute for Criminal Policy Research (ICPR).

Mike began his research career in the Home Office, and was a member of the team that started the British Crime Survey. Leaving in 1994, he set up an academic policy research centre, originally based at London South Bank University; it moved to King’s College London in 2003 as ICPR, and to Birkbeck in 2010.

Mike has published extensively on public attitudes to crime and sentencing and on penal populism. He has a long-standing interest in policing, and has written on topics including community safety, anti-social behaviour, probation and drugs. His current research interests include: procedural justice theory and public trust in justice; public perceptions of crime and justice; policing and police legitimacy; sentencing and sentencing guidelines; offender rehabilitation and desistance (and its evaluation).He was President of the British Society of Criminology between 2008 and 2011. He is a member of various advisory groups and boards including the UK National Statistician’s Crime Statistics Advisory Committee. He is on the editorial board of Criminology and Criminal Justice and of Crime Science.

Further information about Mike, including downloadable publications, can be found on his page on ICPR’s website.  Please click here for the recording and transcript of Mike's retirement lecture in March 2018 "Does justice policy listen to criminological research? Experiences of speaking truth to power" and here for his colleague Gill Hunter's blog about this event.