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Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of South Wales

Kate Williams is Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of South Wales. She is also Director of the Welsh Centre for Crime and Social Justice, a HEFCW funded initiative which brings together researchers across eight Welsh universities and builds links with both policy and practice. Over more than 30 years, she has undertaken and managed numerous empirical research projects and has published on a wide range of crime and justice related topics, including youth justice, female offending, CCTV, victims, crime reduction, risk management, human rights and social justice. Recent research has revolved around the criminal justice service in rural areas (particularly the Youth Justice Service and the Police) and the treatment of women and young people who offend (evaluation of initiatives for diverting women and young people out of the official criminal justice system) and an evaluation of the motivations and explanations behind prolific young offenders. Kate also acts as an advisor to the Youth Justice Board Cymru’s Practice Development Panel (Hwb Doeth), she co-chairs Domestic Homicide Reviews in two local authority areas in Wales, sits on the Welsh Government’s Safer Communities Programme, and has provided advice to the Welsh Government on subjects such as substance misuse.


  • –present
    Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of South Wales, University of South Wales