photo of Mark Walters

Prof Mark Walters

Post:Professor of Criminal Law and Criminology (Law, Sussex Rights and Justice Research Centre)

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 876553
International:+44 1273 876553

Research expertise:
download vCarddownload vCard to your mobile


Mark Walters is a Professor of Criminal Law and Criminology at Sussex Law School. Mark's research interests are focused primarily on hate crime studies as well as criminal justice reform with a special emphasis on restorative justice practice and theory. He has advised (advises) on hate crime to the Home Office, Law Commission, Metropolitan Police Service, and the London Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime, as well as numerous NGOs and civil society organisations. Mark has also presented research evidence in the House of Commons (UK), the European Parliament (Brussels), and the Oireachtas (Dublin). Most recently he has delivered lectures and training for the United Nations' Asia and Far East Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders in Tokyo.

Mark previously completed his doctorate in law (criminology) specialising in hate crime and restorative justice at the Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford (2012). He has also completed an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice (Research Methods) at the Centre for Criminology University of Oxford (2008), and an LLM specialising in criminal justice at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia (2006). Mark's first degree (LLB, honours) was completed at Sussex University (2002).

Recent research projects (and final reports) include:

Community and Business

Mark is co-founder and co-Director of the International Network for Hate Studies. The Network aims to provide an accessible forum through which individuals and non-academic organisations can engage with the study of hate and hate crime in a manner which is both scholarly and accessible to all.