Our research

The Department of Criminology carries out research in an ever-increasing series of fields, among which are:

  • Corrections
  • Domestic violence
  • Employability after prison
  • Environmental criminology
  • Gender and crime
  • Illegal immigration
  • Juvenile crime
  • Policing
  • Sexual crime
  • Spatio-temporal crime statistics
  • Stalking
  • Terrorism

Research projects

HUMS Symposium: Forensic Interdisciplinarities

The Department of Criminology has participated in a number of Daphne projects, one on Date Rape, another on Stalking and one joint with the Education Department. 

Currently, in conjunction with the Corradino Correctional Facilities, the Department is coordinating and participating in a Grundtvig 2 Learning Partnership on training inmates for employment.

The Department has submitted a number of research proposals aimed at widening its investigative, analytical and expertise base and has acquired grants from various funding mechanisms (ISEC, ESF, TCNs, etc).

Research Grants

Dr Saviour Formosa has received research grants (2012 & 2013) to update his research data on offenders in Maltese prisons and spatio-temporal analysis. Others include grants on Court Delays (Dr Sandra Scicluna in collaboration with various scholars) and cyber harassment (Dr Jacqueline Azzopardi and Mr Paul Caruana).

Dr Jacqueline Azzopardi and Dr Sandra Scicluna, together with Dr Paul Knepper from the University of Sheffield, received a research grant from the Association of Commonwealth Universities/British Academy scheme for international collaboration. The research deals with the legacy of the British Empire on the administration of justice in Malta; it focuses on the beginning of prison and police practises in the nineteenth century. The funds supported archival research in Malta, at the National Library and National Archives and also in the United Kingdom, at the National Archives (Kew) and the British Library. Additional research for this project took place at the National Library of Ireland in Dublin.