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Research Profile

Prof Mike Maguire 


Career Profile

Mike Maguire spent most of his early career (1975-1989) at the Oxford University Centre for Criminological Research, latterly as a senior research fellow.  He was employed full-time at Cardiff University from 1989 to 2005, being promoted to Professor in 1995.  From 2005 he worked part-time at both Cardiff University and the University of Glamorgan, before becoming Emeritus in Cardiff in 2010.  He is currently Director of the Welsh Centre for Crime and Social Justice, which promotes collaborative research and other activities across seven member universities in Wales. 

Memberships / External Activities

Professor Maguire is active in a number of national and international fora, both academic and policy-related. In the academic domain, he has been on various ESRC committees, is an Associate Editor of the European Journal of Crime, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, and of Criminology and Criminal Justice, and is on the Board of the British Journal of Criminology. He co-edits the leading British Criminology textbook, The Oxford Handbook of Criminology, and has edited a successful series of Open University Press texts. He was a co-organiser of the British Criminology Conference. He has also spoken at major international conferences in inter alia the USA, India, Belgium and the Netherlands.  He was a leading partner in a successful inter-institutional bid to HEFCW to set up the Welsh Centre for Crime and Social Justice, and in 2010 became the first Director of the Centre.

In the policy domain, he is a member of the national Correctional Services Accreditation Panel and is an ex-member of the Parole Board of England and Wales. From 2001-2010 he was Senior Academic Advisor to the Home Office Crime Reduction Director in the National Assembly for Wales, and was a member of the South Wales Probation Board between 2001 and 2007. He has sat on high level working parties (eg two set up by JUSTICE and Liberty) and has acted as an expert witness to the Welsh Affairs Committee and other government committees and inquiries. He has been a keynote speaker at major policy-related conferences, including events organized by Victim Support, Europol and the Association of Chief Police Officers. He has contributed to high level practitioner training, is a regular referee of Home Office publications, and has often acted as a consultant to the Home Office and Ministry of Justice. He is a member (formerly Chair) of the Board of Trustees of Safer Wales.  

Selected Presentations

  • Invited paper to 27th Cropwood Roundtable Conference, Cambridge University (2002)
  • Address to Cabinet Office Strategic Futures seminar on alcohol and violence (2003)
  • Plenary speaker, National Conference on Probation, Kent University (2004)
  • Invited paper, ESRC seminar on desistance, Keele University (2004) 
  • Plenary speaker, expert conference on NOMS, Kings College London (2005)
  • Presentation on Resettlement to Home Secretary and Ministers (2006)
  • Invited paper to ESRC Seminar Series on Policing (‘Could and Should the Police Solve More Crime?’). (2008) Summary published by ESRC in 2009.
  • Guest public lecture (on the involvement of the Third Sector in crime control), Cambridge Institute of Criminology, Cambridge (2009)
  • Series of six invited lectures to Home Office Regional Offices, Police and Local Authorities on ‘Measuring Confidence in the Police’ (London, Leeds, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Cardiff.) (2009).