Organised Crime Dissertation Ideas

Below are listed the names and research topics of current and some recent Ph.D. students. If you wish to contact a student this can be done via the Graduate Administrator.

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Current Ph.D. Students & Research Topics

StudentTopic
Barton-Crosby, JenniSituational action theory and the violent offender: an exploration of morality as the underlying mechanism in the explanation of violent crime
Bland, MatthewTargeting domestic abuse with statistics - better than people?
Bryden, MichaelAn exploration of power-holder legitimacy: Victoria Police
Dahal, AsthaEffectiveness of the practice of the Nepal Police to mediate reported cases of domestic violence
Daniele, TeodosioThe role of the environment in the process of crime causation
Denley, JohnTargeting, testing and tracking police-led and third sector-leg desistance interventions for organised crime group members
Donnangelo, JavierDiagnosing the increase in homicides in Montevideo, 2007-2014
Droppelmann, CatalinaDesistance from crime among Chilean juvenile offenders
Eshel, Abigail The return of societies to 'normal crime' following periods of war or conflict
Gardom, Judith'Redeeming the time': desistance and the construction of life-narratives by ex-offenders in a group educational setting
Gutierrez Gomez, Laura Police legitimacy: an exploratory study in Bogotá, Colombia
Hanstock, RichardHackers, punishment and rehabilitation: a critical evaluation of sentencing practice in computer misuse cases
Hardie, Beth Why don't all young people commit crime? A study of parental monitoring, activity fields and crime
Hawker, ThomasPunishment and communication: perceptions of penal messages in sentencing and restorative justice conferences
Hendy, RossTo understand how routinely unarmed police resolve person-to-person conflict in their day-to-day work
Ievins, AliceThe experience of imprisoned sex offenders: a three-site comparative analysis
Jerath, KritikaPolice Use of Force in England and Wales: A Situational-Action Analysis
Jethwa, YeshwantStrategies to strengthen investigation and prosecution of violent property crimes (Dacoity)
Kant, DeborahUnder threat? A social and occupational history of prison officers
Langley, BrandonApplying a procedural justice checklist in border examinations: a countrywide multi-site randomized controlled trial on legitimacy
Larmour, SimonAffective and cognitive personality factors contributing to delinquent behaviour
Laws, BenEmotion management and emotional expression in prisons
Leeney, David Breach of the PEACE: a development of the police PEACE interview model to facilitate recall in context for front-line investigations of crime
Maitra, Dev An inductive analysis of the effects English Prison gangs have on prisoner rehabilitation
McFadzien, KentMapping of financial and economic crime in England and Wales: a power -curve analysis
McSharry, LiamDo the behaviour management strategies of UK secondary schools create collectively efficacious environments?
Mitchell, ReneeThe deterrent effects of police patrol in high-crime hot spots: a randomized controlled trial or Dosage: the missing denominator
Morey, Martha JoMen at work: prison labour as a site for the construction of masculine identity
Mullett, MargaretConducting a randomised experiment in eight English prisons: a participant observation study of testing the Sycamore Tree Programme
Muscat, MatthewAn examination of financial regulatory enforcement proceedings in Malta in terms of legitimacy theory
Neaverson, AimeeExploring the cycle of violence: resiliency and protective factors in relation to sexual re-victimization
Neyroud, EleanorHow individual factors relating to perceptions of legitimacy and experiences of offenders on the Turning Point Project mediate successful desistance
Neyroud, Peter Putting the police on trial: the management of police field experiments as a process of organizational change: a case study of a randomized controlled trial in pre-prosecution offender management"
Olphin, ThomasSolving crime: targeting factors that predict clearance of offences
Packham, DanielMilitary veterans' experience of imprisonment
Pfeil, KatrinEffectiveness of an interviewing technique called the Self-Administered Interview for Older Witnesses
Sanchez, Olga Prevalence of neuropsychological dysfunction among different typologies of sex offenders
Schmidt, Bethany Democratic councils in prisons
Shafi, Faryal Understanding matricide in contemporary Pakistan
Shenderovich, YuliaProcess evaluation of a parenting support programme in Eastern Cape, South Africa
Siu, Long (Michael)The Umbrella Movement and police legitimacy: Hong Kong as method
Szifris, KirstineExploring and Evaluating the provision of a forum for philosophical discussion in prisons
Tartarini, Fabio: The role of self-empowerment in the process of human flourishing in prison.
Theodorakis, NikolaosEfficiency of crime prevention policies for incidents of corporate crime throughout Europe and the US: is contemporary law and policy the sword needed to solve the Gordion knot?
Trajtenberg, NicolasThe idea of causality and explanation in criminological theory
Triana Enemocon, Sergio Understanding the effect of reintegration and crime prevention programs on crime rates, evidence from Colombia
Valdebenito, SaraSchool punishment and antisocial behaviour: explanations, effects and prevention
Wain, NeilUse of GPS devices in tracking police patrol locations for high-crime areas
Weinborn, CristobalAnalysis of crime patterns in time and space
Widdicombe, BenjaminThe ‘public interest’ in criminal prosecutions
Wigzell, AlexandraAn ethnography of the young person: worker–supervisor relationship and the role of such relationships in desistance

Recently Completed Ph.D. Theses

StudentTopic
Cooke, Barbara Bad to the bone?: The effects of dog training programs on factors related to desistance
Dominey, JaneRelational dimensions of supervision in a changing context of probation providers for offenders
Horgan, JaneReligion, morality and crime
Parsons, AngelinaManagerial influences on police decision-making
Schmidt, WilliamWrongful Convictions
Trivedi-Bateman, NeemaThe role of moral emotions in decision-making in crime causation
Vibla, NataliaSentencing for multiple offences: towards a conceptual model within a retributive framework

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Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Disinhibition, Violence Exposure, and Delinquency: A Test of How Self-Control Affects the Impact of Exposure to Violence, Wyatt Brown

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The Guilty But Mentally Ill Verdict: Assessing the Impact of Informing Jurors of Verdict Consequences, Erin Elizabeth Cotrone

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The Relationship between Psychopathic Personality Traits and Lying, Jason A. Dobrow

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Delving into the Heart of Victimization Risk: Examining the Interactive Relationship between Demographic Factors and Context, Amy Sheena Eggers

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A Power Conflict Approach to Animal Cruelty: Examining How Economic Power Influences the Creation of Animal Cruelty Laws, Leonard J. Genco

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The Role of Gender in Self-Control and Intimate Partner Violence, Laura Marie Gulledge

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The Restrictive Deterrent Effect of Warning Banners in a Compromised Computer System, Christian Jordan-Michael Howell

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Tactics of Sexual Control and Negative Health Outcomes, Anna Elizabeth Kleppe

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The Applicability of Criminology to Terrorism Studies: An Exploratory Study of ISIS Supporters in the United States, Amanda Marie Sharp Parker

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The Path to Violent Behavior: The Harmful Aftermath of Childhood Trauma, Nicholas Michael Perez

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The Effects of Racial Bias on Perceptions of Intimate Partner Violence Scenarios, Batya Yisraela Rubenstein

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Reel or Reality? The Portrayal of Prostitution in Major Motion Pictures, Raleigh Blasdell

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Psychopathy and Perception of Vulnerability, Barbara Joyce Dinkins

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Effect of Empathy on Death Penalty Support in Relation to the Racial Divide and Gender Gap, Brian Godcharles

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Exploring the Interactive Effects of Social Learning Theory and Psychopathy on Serious Juvenile Delinquency, Brandy Barenna Henderson

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Tampa Electric Company's Big Bend Utility Plant in Hillsborough County, Florida: A Case Study, Lynne M. Hodalski-Champagne

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Thirty Year Follow-Up of Juvenile Homicide Offenders, Norair Khachatryan

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Organized Crime in Insurance Fraud: An Empirical Analysis of Staged Automobile Accident Rings, Chris Longino

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The Role of Social Support in the Disclosure and Recovery Process of Rape Victims, Jessica Nicole Mitchell

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Evaluating the Social Control of Banking Crimes: An Examination of Anti-Money Laundering Deficiencies and Industry Success, Erin M. Mulligan

 

Elite Deviance, Organized Crime, and Homicide: A Cross-National Quantitative Analysis, Carol L.s. Trent

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An Evaluation of the Utah First District Mental Health Court: Gauging the Efficacy of Diverting Offenders Suffering With Serious Mental Illness, Stephen Guy VanGeem

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Rape, Race, and Capital Punishment in North Carolina: A Qualitative Approach to Examining an Enduring Cultural Legacy, Douglas Wholl

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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The Tattoo: A Mark of Subversion, Deviance, or Mainstream Self-Expression?, Jocelyn Camacho

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Juvenile and Adult Involvement in Double Parricide and Familicide in the U.S.: An Empirical Analysis of 20 Years of Data, Averi Rebekah Fegadel

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Predicting Successful Drug Court Graduation: Exploring Demographic and Psychosocial Factors among Medication-Assisted Drug Court Treatment Clients, Autumn Michelle Frei

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Experimentally Evaluating Statistical Patterns of Offending Typology For Burglary: A Replication Study, Lance Edwin Gilmore

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Developmental Trajectories of Physical Aggression and Nonaggressive Rule-Breaking among At-risk Males and Females during Late Childhood and Early Adolescence, Eugena Givens

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Predicting Fear of Crime using a Multilevel and Multi-Model Approach: A Study in Hillsborough County, Jonathan Maskaly

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Public Knowledge and Sentiments about Elite Deviance, Cedric Michel

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The Influence of Community Context on Social Control: A Multi-Level Examination of the Relationship between Race/Ethnicity, Drug Offending, and Juvenile Court Outcomes, Jennifer Peck

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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Assessing the Relationship Between Hotspots of Lead and Hotspots of Crime, Kimberly L. Barrett

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A Life-Course Approach to Sexual Offending: Examining the Continuity of Juvenile Sexual Offending into Adulthood and Subsequent Patterns of Recidivism, Maude Beaudry-Cyr

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Examining the link between self-control and misconduct in a multi-agency sample of police supervisors: A test of two theories, Christopher Matthew Donner

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The Impact of Hyperfemininity on Explicit and Implicit Blame Assignment and Police Reporting of Alcohol Facilitated Rape in a Sample of College Women, Sarah Ehlke

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Rurality and Intimate Partner Homicide: Exploring the Relationship between Place, Social Structure, and Femicide in North Carolina, Amelia Kirkland

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Self-Control, Attitudinal Beliefs, and White-Collar Crime Intentions, Melissa Anne Lugo

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Zero Tolerance for Marginal Populations: Examining Neoliberal Social Controls in American Schools, Brian Gregory Sellers

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State-Corporate Crime in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Veronica Jane Winters

Theses/Dissertations from 2011

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Assessing racial differences in offending trajectories: A life-course view of the race-crime relationship, Michael S. Caudy

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Mental Health Courts Effectiveness in Reducing Recidivism and Improving Clinical Outcomes: A Meta-Analysis, Brittany Cross

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General Strain Theory and Juvenile Delinquency: A Cross-Cultural Study, Wen-Hsu Lin

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General Strain Theory, Race, and Delinquency, Jennifer Peck

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Developmental Trajectories of Self-Control: Assessing the Stability Hypothesis, James Vance Ray

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Explaining the "Female Victim Effect" in Capital Sentencing Decisions: A Case for Sex-Specific Models of Capital Sentencing Research, Tara N. Richards

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A Multilevel Model of Police Corruption: Anomie, Decoupling, and Moral Disengagement, Ruth Zschoche

Theses/Dissertations from 2009

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Domestic violence within law enforcement families: The link between traditional police subculture and domestic violence among police, Lindsey Blumenstein

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Rape attitudes and beliefs: A replication study, Rhissa Emily Briones

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Reel images: Representations of adult male prisons by the film industry, Melissa E. Fenwick

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The roles of social bonds, personality, and rational decision-making: An empirical investigation into hirschi's "new" control theory, Jonathan Intravia

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Power-control theory: An examination of private and public patriarchy, Jessica Nicole Mitchell

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The influence of parental support on antisocial behavior among sixth through eleventh graders, José Ordóñez

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A rational choice approach to professional crime using a meta-synthesis of the qualitative literature, Douglas J. Wholl

Theses/Dissertations from 2005

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Exploring the role of social support in heterosexual women's use and receipt of non-lethal intimate partner violence, Kathryn A. Branch

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County level predictors of homicide and suicide in the state of Florida, Kelly K. Browning

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Self-control, gang membership, and victimization: An integrated approach to the risk factors of violent victimization, Kristina Childs

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Assessing the issue of arbitrariness in capital sentencing in North Carolina: Are the effects of legally relevant variables racially invariant?, Judith Kavanaugh Earl

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The impact of victim-offender familial relationships on capital sentencing outcomes, Katharine D. Evans

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All the news thatÌ?s fit to print? media reporting of environmental protection agency penalties assessed against the petroleum refining industry, 1997-2003, Melissa L. Jarrell

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The effect of knowledge gain on capital punishment: A partial test of the marshall hypothesis, Alexander Able Savon

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Social structure and social learning in delinquency: A test of Akers' social structure-social learning model, Stephen W. Verrill

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Differences in frequency and severity of violence for intimate terrorism across genders: A test of Johnson's theory, Shelly Wagers

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Strain, personality traits, and deviance among adolescents: Moderating factors, Jennifer J. Wareham

 

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