Crime Research Centre

People and contacts

Centre Directors

Dr Hans Crombag

Dr Hans Crombag

Dr Hans Crombag is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Co-Director of the Crime Research Centre.

Hans' research expertise includes:

  • addiction and law
  • associative learning
  • motivation
  • neurology of behaviour
  • reward.

Dr Tanya Palmer

Dr Tanya Palmer

Dr Tanya Palmer is a Lecturer in Law and Co-Director of the Crime Research Centre. She is also a member of the Centre for Gender Studies and the Centre for Sexual Dissidence.

Tanya’s research focuses on the legal regulation of sexual encounters, primarily via the criminal law of England and Wales. She is currently working on a monograph which explores the ethical and legal boundary between sex and sexual violation, and has previously published on this topic and on the criminalisation of ‘rape pornography’.

Follow Tanya on Twitter @TanyaVPalmer.

Prof Dean Wilson

Prof Dean Wilson

Professor Dean Wilson is a criminologist in the Department of Sociology and Co-Director of the Crime Research Centre.

Dean's primary research interests are policing, surveillance, security and technology. He has conducted major empirical research projects examining the history of urban policing, the operation of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) and police perceptions and procedures in relation to victims of crime. Dean has also conducted smaller scale research projects examining biometric technology and security, youth and surveillance, identity cards, policing, protest and visual technologies, military surveillance, immigration policing and predictive policing. Dean recently published (with Jude McCulloch) the first book-length criminological study of pre-emption (2016) Pre-Crime: Pre-emption, Precaution and the Future, Routledge. His current projects continue to examine the interface between policing, security and technology.

Doctoral Student reps

Ioana Dulcu

Ioana Dulcu

Ioana is a doctoral tutor and a first-year PhD student at the University of Sussex, as well as an Associate Editor for the Brief Encounters Journal.

Ioana's research focuses on the automatism doctrine in the criminal law and the level of voluntariness required to commit a criminal offence. Using hypnosis as a case study, her thesis adopts an interdisciplinary approach which incorporates psychology and the philosophy of action in order to formulate an alternative legal framework. 

She holds an AHRC CHASE scholarship. 

Cassandra Wiener

Cassandra Wiener

Cassandra was a corporate litigator at Simmons & Simmons LLP for ten years, following which she managed a Citizens Advice Bureau for two years before entering academia.   She was a Teaching Fellow (Senior Lecturer) at the University of Law 2002 - 2012, where she taught the Law of Contract, Employment and Criminal Law.  In 2012 Cassandra left the University of Law to pursue her own research interests in human rights at the University of Sussex.  She is now an E.S.R.C. funded Doctoral Researcher at Sussex Law School.

Cassandra's doctoral research is looking at ss. 76 & 77 Serious Crime Act 2015, which criminalises coercive and controlling behaviour for the first time in England and Wales. Academic insight into the role of coercive and controlling behaviour in the context of domestic abuse is not new, but translating this insight into effective criminal justice law and policy is a challenge for practitioners, activists and academics alike.  Cassandra's focus is on the viewpoint of survivors of abuse and she is combining theoretical research with an original empirical study: conducting focus groups and semi structured interviews with professionals and survivors. Cassandra's other research interests include gender studies, criminology and human rights.

External members

Carol Shoesmith, Sussex Police

Philip Bennetts QC