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Professor of Criminal Justice Policy, Northumbria University, Newcastle

Tim joined the Civil Service (fast stream entrant) and worked in the Home Office, HM Treasury and Ministry of Justice. During this time he also spent periods on secondment to the ILO and WS Atkins (infrastructure project team) and was a member of a South African government procurement board (during the Mandela presidency). Tim joined academia as a visiting fellow at Newcastle University and subsequently moved to Northumbria University Law School.

Tim Wilson’s academic interests and funded research include the governance of forensic bioinformation, the role and organisation of forensic science and medicine, transnational offending, international criminal justice cooperation and institutions, criminal justice resource allocation and marketization within the criminal justice system.

The focus of these collaboratively conducted inquiries is how various interfaces between law, ethics, science and medicine, geography, economics and politics evolve as a result of (a) increasing globalisation within societies and (b) exposure to rapid technological development. More recently he has become involved in parliamentary, professional and academic deliberations about the consequences for criminal justice of Brexit.

Since joining the University Professor Wilson has worked with colleagues in developing a multidisciplinary programme of research (resulting in grant income of approximately €600,000) funded by the European Commission and various research councils, including ESRC. This has covered aspects of international criminal justice cooperation involving forensic biometrics and has now been extended to the policing of part of the Dark Web.


  • –present
    Professor of Criminal Justice Policy, Northumbria University, Newcastle


  • 1972 
    UCW Aberystwyth, BA/History