Top criminologist is new A rated researcher

20 November 2007 | Story by Helen Théron

Congratulations to UCT's newest National Research Foundation A-rated researcher, Professor Clifford Shearing (law faculty).

Shearing is director and chair of the Centre of Criminology in the Department of Criminal Justice, and the National Research Foundation Chair in African Security and Justice.

"The prestigious A-rating recognises his contribution to the field of policing and security governance that he has made worldwide during his lifetime and affirms that he is a leading international scholar in his field," head of department Professor Pamela-Jane Schwikkard said.

"The African Security and Justice Programme associated with the chair contributes to building sustainable research, teaching, policy and implementation capacity in African security and justice."

Shearing graduated with BSocSc honours at the University of Natal and has an MA and PhD in sociology from the University of Toronto. His research and writing have focused on the development of theoretical understandings that can be used to enhance the quality of security and justice governance.

"Clifford is an internationally acknowledged leader in the field of 'governance of security'" Schwikkard added. "He is sought out by governments worldwide to advise on how policing, police, and security can be provided more effectively. In South Africa today this is a vital contribution that he makes to South African society."

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