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(Violence and Society)

We work with partners to address interpersonal conflict using empirical, practical and theoretical links between violence and security. Through research, training and evaluations we put the victims of violence at the centre of solution-focused work.

Human dignity, fundamental rights and human security set moral and ethical standards by which citizens can develop their potential. However, these standards continue to be frequently disregarded through painful acts of violation in everyday life e.g. in schools, homes, at work, in public spaces and networked publics. The consequences are devastating for social participation and growth.

At Security Lancaster, Lancaster University's multidisciplinary research centre, our approach to research on sociology is not to separate violations in the digital and physical world, but to understand and respond to new and emerging challenges to human security as a result of violence in a global context.

Our multidisciplinary team retains a focus on gender, generation and other sources of social division whilst tracing connections and associations that make women and men, girls and boys, children and older people safe and unsafe.

We aim to empower victims and mitigate perpetrator behaviour to effect changes in formal and informal practices that are driven by a grounded approach and the latest advances in software development, social theory, measurement and ethics. Our work is accessible across a range of contexts and we work closely with law enforcement, local authorities, health and social care agencies and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).

Access Sociology Expertise

  • Child protection
  • Conflict resolution
  • Cyberbullying and stalking
  • Gang violence
  • Gender violence
  • Hate crime
  • Interpersonal violence
  • Offender profiling
  • Theorising violence and security
  • Victim experience and identification
  • Violence research methodologies
  • Youth violence


Research Lead

Mark Rouncefield

Institute for Social Futures Fellow, SCC (Pervasive Systems), Security Lancaster, Security Lancaster (Sociology)

D12, D - Floor, Infolab

Centre for Law and Society, Institute for Social Futures Fellow, Security Lancaster, Security Lancaster (Law,Policy,Ethics), Security Lancaster (Sociology)

Medical and Social Statistics, Security Lancaster, Security Lancaster (Sociology)

+44 (0)1524 593061 B38, B - Floor, Fylde College

Centre for Law and Society, Security Lancaster, Security Lancaster (Law,Policy,Ethics), Security Lancaster (Sociology)

+44 (0)1524 593706 C056, C - Floor, Bowland North

Centre for Child and Family Justice Research, Centre for Gender and Women's Studies, Security Lancaster, Security Lancaster (Sociology)

+44 (0)1524 594104

Institute for Social Futures Fellow, SCC (Pervasive Systems), Security Lancaster, Security Lancaster (Sociology)

D12, D - Floor, Infolab

CILHR Centre for International Law and Human Rights, Security Lancaster, Security Lancaster (Law,Policy,Ethics), Security Lancaster (Sociology)


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Graphic Futures
17/10/2017 → 30/06/2018

TrackWater: Supporting High-Value, Low-Cost Rail Network Drainage Asset Management
01/10/2017 → 31/03/2019

Study on comprehensive policy review of anti-trafficking projects funded by the European Commission
01/01/2016 → 30/09/2019

Trafficking: Study on the gender dimension of trafficking in human beings
31/12/2014 → 30/09/2015

Data for Article 11 of the Istanbul Convention
01/10/2014 → 30/06/2018

FP7: SecinCoRe: Secure dynamic cloud for information, communication and resource interoperability....
01/05/2014 → 30/04/2017

Analysing methodologies to determine the economic costs of gender-based violence in the EU
01/12/2013 → 31/07/2017

01/11/2013 → 31/12/2014

FIRB: Mixture and latent variable model for causal inference and analysis of socio-economic data
01/10/2013 → 30/09/2016

Is the Rate of Domestic Violence Decreasing or Increasing? A Re-Analysis of the British Crime Survey
01/04/2013 → 30/09/2014

Research on Gender Policy
01/03/2013 → 28/02/2015

Tackling child sexual exploitation: Offences and victims
01/02/2013 → 31/12/2013

Applied Quantitative Methods Network: Phase II
01/01/2013 → 30/06/2017

Overview of the worldwide best practices for rape prevention & assisting women victims of rape
01/11/2012 → 31/10/2014

New models and analyses for social networks and criminological careers
01/03/2012 → 31/12/2016

fEC Code - Criminal Careers Within Organised Crime
01/02/2012 → …

Fetal Movement and Development
01/01/2012 → 30/09/2017

Gender quotas in management boards
01/01/2012 → 31/03/2012

VAW Services
08/08/2011 → 30/11/2011

01/06/2011 → 30/11/2013

Social media, social good
01/11/2010 → 30/04/2012

Evaluation of the peer support for the senior social work managers pilot programme
01/02/2010 → 31/03/2011

National Centre for Research Methods Node Phase 2 Lancaster - Warwick - Stirling
01/10/2008 → 31/03/2012

10 years of the UNESCO Chair in Gender Research
01/04/2008 → …

Reconviction predictions
01/01/2007 → 15/11/2007

Previous collaborations
01/11/2005 → 01/01/2014

Homicide and the Media
01/01/1997 → …