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Bill is the course convenor of :

I am happy to supervise doctoral students in most areas of policing and criminal justice. Comparative and China/Taiwan focussed work is particularly welcome.

Current Ph.D. Students:

Xue Na (PRC China) 'Violence against women in China' (completed)

Zhao Wanli (Taiwan) 'Police powers - comparison England and Wales and Taiwan'

Hallenberg, K (Finland) 'Police training and covert operations'

Smith, Emily (UK) Released and imprisoned fathers


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Following consultation, normally available (0780 3903739).


University Associate Professor

Bill is Director of the Undergraduate Criminology Program and a Research Associate of the University's Centre for Chinese Studies.His criminological research has received funding from a range of institutions, including the Home Office, the US Department of State, the European Union (Falcone Programme), the British Academy, the British Council and the Nuffield Foundation. Between 1995-2000 he was Co-Director of the Anglo-Baltic Applied Criminological Research Unit (ABACRU), a research grouping within the Department of Applied Social Science which undertook research in Scandinavia (Finland) and the Baltic Sea region. He worked with the Home Office and ACPO on the early approach to the policing of sexual offenders in the community in the late 1990s; and he completed the first evaluation for the Home Office of the pilot areas for Multiagency Public Protection Panels in England and Wales. He has collaborative research links with the Graduate School of Criminology, National Taipei University (Taiwan) and the East China University of Politics and Law, Shanghai (PRC).

Visiting Professor at the Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica in Taipei (December 2003-January 2004), and Visiting Scholar at the Graduate School of Criminology, National Taipei University in the autumn of 2004. He is a member of the editorial board of Crime and Criminal Justice International. Bill is (slowly) learning Mandarin Chinese. He was a Visiting Professor at City University of Hong Kong (Semester One, 2008-9).

Research interests

General research interests

Comparative research on 'national' criminologies; Crime and punishment in China and the Greater China region (Taiwan); regulation of sexual offenders in the community.

Bill's current research focus is on socio-historical analyses of national 'criminologies', and he is coordinator of an international research collaboration in this area. More broadly, his research interests continue to lie mainly in comparative cross-national criminological and policing research and in particular crime and punishment in Taiwan and the People's Republic of China (PRC). In addition to the above, he has also been working on the Shanghai Municipal Police archives (1916-1945) - initially at the Bodleian Library, Oxford where he was a Visiting Scholar at St. John's College, Oxford (2005).

Recent and current research projects:

  • 2003 - present: British Academy funded projects in Taiwan (Republic of China) :''The Regulation of Sexual Offenders' (completed); 'Mi-jiu (Rice Wine) and transnational regulation' (completed);
  • 2006-7 National Science Council (Taiwan) ''A Cross-national study of punitiveness' with Prof. S. Jou
  • 2007 British Academy, 'The development of criminology in China: a socio-historical study', Beijing Normal University.
  • 2008/9 Another look at sentencing guidelines in England and Wales (with K. Pease and D. Shaw)
  • 2009/10 Preliminary assessment of the enforcement of criminal penalties (with T. Seddon)
  • 2010 Knife crime and the dilemmas of self-defence (with K. Pease and D. Shaw)
  • 2010-11 The policing of political protest, England and Wales, Taiwan 1980-present. (National Science Council of Taiwan)
  • 2010-11 Correctional review of prison services in Taiwan. (Research and Evaluation Yuan, Taiwan/National Taipei University/National Taiwan University)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester China Institute


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