Sam Cole

20182021

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Biography

Sam joined Birmingham Law School in 2021 as a Lecturer in Criminal Justice. He holds an LLB degree from the University of Birmingham, and an MPhil in Criminology from the University of Cambridge, where he was awarded the Manuel Lopez-Rey Graduate Prize for best academic performance on the degree programme. His empirical PhD research, also undertaken at Cambridge, focused on how neighbourhood residents intervene to prevent breaches of social norms or perceived rules in urban environments.

Prior to joining Birmingham Law School, Sam taught at the University of Birmingham as a Visiting Lecturer in Criminology, and also at the University of Cambridge, where he was a Law undergraduate supervisor.

Outside of academia, Sam also has experience working in the arena of ‘translational criminology’, having advised policy makers through his work for the Office of Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commissioner, the House of Lords Library, and for clients at RAND Europe.

Sam is dyslexic, so understands the challenges and opportunities this learning difficulty brings.

Research interests

Sam’s current criminological research interests centre around the domain of socio-spatial criminology, with a specific focus on what engenders communities to enforce common rules and norms within their residential environments. His published research has sought to appraise how neighbourhood design and use can shape opportunities for crime.

Sam also has experience conducting criminological research in applied settings. During his time at RAND Europe, he conducted a number of evaluations of criminal justice agencies and specific interventions to rehabilitate offenders.

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 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

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