Criminal Justice Research Centre

Our People

The Criminal Justice Research Centre (CJRC) has a diverse and dynamic membership, providing a home for leaders in the field of criminal justice and criminology.

Membership of the CJRC is open to academic staff and postgraduate students with relevant research interests within the School of Law and the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Nottingham. Associate membership is highly encouraged for researchers in other schools and departments, both within and outside the University of Nottingham. People who are interested in becoming a member should email

CJRC Co-Directors

Dr Vicky Kemp

Dr Vicky Kemp is a Principal Research Fellow at the School of Law undertaking research into digital legal rights for suspects. She was previously a Principal Researcher with the Legal Services Research Centre, the independent research division of the former Legal Services Commission (from 2004 to 2013). In that role she conducted and managed policy-driven research for the Ministry of Justice into criminal legal aid, access to justice and the wider criminal justice system.

Prior to completing her doctorate at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge, in 2003, Vicky gained experience of the criminal process both as a policy advisor and paralegal. In the Legal Aid Board (1995-1998), she was the policy advisor responsible for reform of criminal legal aid. She also has experience of working in multi-agency crime prevention and community safety partnerships, both for the Home Office (1991-1992) and Northamptonshire County Council (1992-1995). In the 1980s, she worked as a paralegal in a firm of solicitors, providing legal advice to suspects detained in police custody and preparing Crown Court cases for trial.

Dr Larissa Sandy

Dr Larissa Sandy is an Assistant Professor in Criminology at the School of Sociology and Social Policy. Larissa’s research and teaching focusses on sex work and human trafficking, and she has been researching with sex workers in Australia and Asia-Pacific for over 20 years. Larissa is an Australian Criminologist and prior to joining the CJRC she was Deputy Leader of the Gender, Violence and Inequality research program in the Social and Global Studies Centre and member of the Executive Committee for the Centre for Global Research at RMIT University, Melbourne.

Larissa was a Vice Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Criminology at Flinders University and a Research Fellow in the International HIV program at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (La Trobe University, Melbourne) and the Australian Institute of Criminology. She has published widely on sex work and human trafficking and just completed a large-scale project on the career development needs of sex workers, which included working with a team of sex worker peer researchers on a community needs assessment in Victoria, Australia.



Criminal Justice Research Centre

School of Law
Law and Social Sciences building
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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