Professor McLaughlin is Professor of Criminology and co-director of the Centre of Law, Justice and Journalism at City. His first academic post was at the University of Hong Kong and he was at The Open University before moving to City.
He has also been Visiting Professor at the Department of Communication Studies, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki.
He is on the editorial boards of the British Journal of Criminology; Crime, Media and Culture; and Theoretical Criminology.
Professor McLaughlin has written extensively on policing and police reform, police-community relations and criminal justice policy. He has also made a significant contribution to the development of criminological theory.
His current research concentrates on: the policing challenges of multi-pluralist, risk societies; the news-media, crime and criminal justice policy; the politics of law and order and new developments in criminological theory.