Crime Research Centre

People and contacts

Find out more about the people based within the Crime Research Centre.

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 Lucy Welsh

Dr Lucy Welsh

Dr Lucy Welsh is a Senior Lecturer in Law and Co-Director of the Crime Research Centre.

Lucy’s main research interests are in the area of criminal justice and politics. She has a particular interest in analysing policies which facilitate or hinder access to justice, both in terms of legal representation and legal process, and is interested in the examining the lawyer/client relationship in criminal cases.

 

Dr Paul McGuinness

Dr Paul McGuinness

Dr Paul McGuinness is a Lecturer in Criminology and Sociology and Co-Director of the Crime Research Centre.

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