Our Mission


The Centre for Criminology provides a home for innovative and impactful studies of crime and criminal justice in Hong Kong and beyond. While academic research provides knowledge and understanding towards crime prevention, it is only through working closely with practitioners and community stakeholders that our collective ideas become a reality. The Centre is dedicated to providing a platform for academics, practitioners, civil society and other user stakeholder and community groups to engage in dialogue on important issues related to crime, its prevention and investigation, and justice.

Among our ongoing activities, the Centre has been providing regional training to practitioners through human rights and drug policy workshop in East and Southeast Asia since 2015. We have also hosted the 1st Asia Regional Meeting of the ISSDP to provide a platform for the discussion of drug policies at a regional level and an opportunity to network, share and exchange with over 100 participants from many countries and various disciplines.


Dr. Clifton Emery

Our Director

Dr. Emery is Associate Professor of Social Work and Social Administration at the University of Hong Kong. He is an academic, a social worker, and a statistician. His approach to research and scholarship brings empirical and theoretical rigor to the study of conflict and its resolution in the context of power disparities. His work focuses primarily on abuse and violence against women, children, and refugees.

Dr. Emery has carried out survey research in the US, China, South Korea, Hong Kong, Spain, Russia, Vietnam, Mongolia, Nepal, and on North Korean refugees. His areas of research include (1) an investigation of the mechanisms that underlie the relationship between informal social control and child maltreatment and intimate partner violence, (2) development and testing of a new theory of the lived experience of child maltreatment and polyvictimization, (3) development of research, policy and practice to better protect women from intimate partner violence based on his theory of totalitarian, despotic, tolerant, conflict, and anarchic types of IPV.

Dr. Emery is the Academic Expert for Help for Children Asia Branch and guides the organization’s grant making.  He is the Associate Editor for Child Abuse & Neglect (IF = 2.569, h5-index = 59, ranked 1 in social work by Google Scholar). He is currently the PI for a GRF longitudinal study of informal social control, child maltreatment, and adolescent substance addiction among mothers and adolescent children in a representative sample of Nepal. He is also the PI for a Save the Children study of online victimization among 2,000 Hong Kong school children. Dr. Emery has been an expert witness in three countries and an advisor to the South Korean Ministry of Justice.

Associate Professor
Department of Social Work and Social Administration
University of Hong Kong

Research Area:

  • Informal social control
  • Child maltreatment
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Polyvictimization

Prof. Karen Joe Laidler

Our Associate Director

She teaches sociology of law, criminology, juvenile delinquency, gender and crime, and social theory. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California [Davis] and was formerly Assistant Professor at the University of Hawaii. She has been involved in juvenile and criminal justice research for over 18 years including a period as Research Associate at the National Council and Crime and Delinquency a leading US non-profit research agency. She has worked on a variety of primary and policy related research including: evaluation of drug intervention programmes; juvenile court intervention; inmate grievance processes; bail reform; sentencing guidelines; risk assessment for juvenile detention; prison planning and classification systems for adult prisons; and drug use problems among methamphetamine users. Her current research focuses on drug use problems, domestic violence, juvenile delinquents, and the social history of colonial laws in Hong Kong.

Department of Sociology
University of Hong Kong

Research Area:

  • Race and crime
  • Gender
  • Gangs and delinquency
  • Drugs

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