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Overview

Current Work

Current research projects include:

• Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Grant, ‘The art of resilience: How security professionals manage the unpredictable’. (with Benoit DuPont, University of Montreal) 2018 – 2022. CAD $ 385 472.

• Australian Research Council Discovery Grant, 'Integrated governance of water and coal seam gas'. (with Cameron Holley, University of New South Wales, and Amanda Kennedy, Queensland University of Technology) 2017 - 2019. (AUD $ 291 914).
 

Expertise Keywords

  • Criminology
  • Environmental security
  • Policing
  • Private security
  • Resilience
  • Sociology

Subject Area Codes

  • Criminological Theories
  • Criminology not elsewhere classified
  • Ecological Applications not elsewhere classified
  • Ecological Impacts of Climate Change
  • Ecosystem Function
  • Environmental Sociology
  • Private Policing and Security Services
  • Social Theory
  • Sociological Methodology and Research Methods
  • Sociology not elsewhere classified

Country Affiliations

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • South Africa

Research Publications and Outputs

Recent Publications

Publications: 44 (Other: 44)

Funded Griffith Research

Engagement and Impact

Learning and Teaching

Research by Higher Degree Supervision or Scholarship

Background

Bio

Professor Clifford Shearing holds positions at the Universities of Griffith, Cape Town and Montreal. A principal focus of his academic work has been on widening criminology’s boundaries, with a primary focus on ‘security governance’. His policy and applied work has been concerned with enhancing safety. Shearing’s research and writing has become increasingly centred on criminology’s responses to the challenges of the Anthropocene.  

Education and Training

  • PhD Soc PhD in Sociology, University of Toronto 1970 - 1977

Academic experience

  • Research Associate, Centre of Criminology, University of Toronto 1972 - 1975
  • Academic Coordinator, Certificate Programme in Law Enforcement and Administration, Woodsworth College, University of Toronto 1979 - 1991
  • Academic Coordinator, Certificate Programme in Criminology, Woodsworth College, University of Toronto 1987 - 1991
  • Academic Coordinator, Certificate Programme in Criminology, Woodsworth College, University of Toronto 1981 - 1982
  • Coordinator of Graduate Studies, Centre of Criminology, University of Toronto 1989 - 1992
  • Coordinator of Graduate Studies, Centre of Criminology, University of Toronto 1978 - 1983
  • Centre of Criminology, University of Toronto, Senior Research Associate 1975 - 1983
  • instructor, Woodsworth College, University of Toronto 1976 - 1984
  • Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Toronto 1989 - 2001
  • Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Toronto 1981 - 1989
  • Associate Professor with Tenure, Centre of Criminology, University of Toronto 1984 - 1989
  • Associate, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research 1985 - 1989
  • Member, Board of Control, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Natal 1988 - 1990
  • Associate Member, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Natal 1990 - 1995
  • Professor, Centre of Criminology, University of Toronto 1998 - 2006
  • Extraordinary Professor, School of Government, University of the Western Cape 1998 - 2006
  • Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto 2001 - 2006
  • Professor at the Excellence level 2, Regulatory Institutions Network, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University 2001 - 2008
  • Associate Member, Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Queen’s University, Belfast 2003 - 2004
  • Research Associate, International Centre for Comparative Criminology, University of Montreal 2003 - 2013
  • Adjunct Professor, Socio-Legal Research Centre, Griffith University 2008 - 2014
  • Professor II, University of Bergen, Norway 2010 - 2012
  • Professor at the Excellence 1 level, University of Cape Town 2006 - 2008
  • Professor at the Excellence 2 Level, University of Cape Town 2009 - 2013
  • Emeritus Professor, University of Cape Town 2014 -
  • Professeur associé, School of Criminology, University of Montreal 2014 -
  • Senior Scholar, Law Faculty, University of Cape Town 2014 -
  • Professor, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University 2014 -

Awards and Honours

  • A1 Rating, South African National Research Foundation 2013 - 2018
  • Thorsten Sellin and Sheldon and Eleanor Glueck Award (This award recognizes scholars who bring new perspectives or approaches to the attention of members of the society), American Society of Criminology 2013 -
  • Elected to a Fellow of College of Fellows (Fellowships are awarded in recognition of original, distinguished academic work), University of Cape Town 2014 -
  • Research Chair, African Climate & Development Initiative (ACDI), University of Cape Town 2015 - 2015

Professional experience

  • Review/Search Committee Member, Centre of Criminology, University of Toronto 1974 -
  • Scholarship Selection Panel Member, Ontario Government, Canada 1979 - 1980
  • College Council Member, Woodsworth College, University of Toronto 1979 - 1987
  • Academic Advisory Council Member, Woodsworth College, University of Toronto 1981 - 1987
  • Degree Committee Member, School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto 1980 - 1983
  • Review/Search Committee Member, Centre of Criminology, University of Toronto 1988 - 1989
  • Chair, South African Investment Policy Review Committee, University of Toronto 1993 - 2001
  • Executive Committee, School of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto 1993 - 2001
  • Review and Search Committee Member, the Centre for Studies in Aging, University of Toronto 1995 -
  • Research and Social Responsiveness Committee Member, Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town 2007 - 2013
  • Higher Degrees Committee Member, Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town 2006 - 2009
  • Member, Democratic Governance and Rights Unit, University of Cape Town 2012 -
  • Member, African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town 2008 -
  • Member of Scientific Advisory Committee, NSCR (Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement), Amsterdam, Netherlands 2015 -
  • Administration, Woodsworth College, University of Toronto 1979 - 1991
  • Senior Research Associate, Centre of Criminology, University of Toronto 1975 - 1983
  • Associate, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research 1985 - 1989
  • Member, Board of Control, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Natal 1988 - 1990
  • Associate Member, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, University of Natal 1990 - 1995
  • Director, Community Peace Foundation, University of the Western Cape 1993 - 1995
  • Director, Centre of Criminology, University of Toronto 1993 - 1998
  • Director, Community Peace Programme, School of Government, University of the Western Cape 1997 - 2006
  • Senior Fellow, Munk Centre for International Studies at Trinity College, University of Toronto 2001 - 2006
  • Co-Director, Security 21: An International Centre for Security and Justice Regulatory Institutions Network, Australian National University 2001 - 2006
  • Advisory Board, Socio-Legal Research Centre, Law School, Griffith University 2003 - 2011
  • Board of Directors, International Centre of Comparative Criminology, University of Montreal 2005 -
  • Member, American Society of Criminology Sellin-Glueck Award Committee 2013 - 2014
  • Fellow, STIAS (Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study) 2009 -
  • Chair of Criminology, University of Cape Town 2006 - 2013
  • Director, Centre of Criminology, University of Cape Town 2006 - 2013
  • South African Research Chair (SARChI) in Security and Justice, Department of Science and Technology (DST) and National Research Foundation (NRF) 2007 - 2014
  • Research Chair, African Climate & Development Initiative (ACDI), University of Cape Town 2015 -
  • Member, Australian Institute of Police Management (AIPM) Global Professoriate 2018 -
  • Member, Mauerberger Foundation Fund Steering Committee Award 2018 -
  • Member, Provincial Safety Advisory Committee (Western Cape) 2018 -

Visiting appointments

  • Visiting Professor, Faculty of Law and Department of Sociology, University of Natal 1985 -
  • Visiting Research Professor, Community Law Centre, University of the Western Cape 1991 - 1993
  • Visiting Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town 1992 - 1993
  • Visiting Fellow, Department of Law, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University 1992 -
  • Visiting Professor, Department of Criminology, Keele University 2003 - 2006
  • Visiting Professor, London School of Economics 2004 -
  • Visiting Professor, Institute of Criminology, Oxford University 2006 - 2009
  • Visiting Fellow, RegNet School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet), Australian National University 2006 - 2018
  • Visiting Professional Fellow, Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales 2015 - 2019

Editorial roles

  • Associate Editor, Canadian Journal of Sociology 1975 - 1978
  • Faculty Adviser, Canadian Criminology Forum 1979 - 1983
  • Reviewer, Canadian Criminology Society 1983 - 1985
  • Reviewer, Canadian Journal of Society 1982 -
  • Reviewer, Social Problems 1982 -
  • Reviewer, Law and Society Review 1983 -
  • Associate Consultant, Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology 1991 -
  • Editorial Board Member, Policing and Society 1988 - 2013
  • Editorial Board Member, Natal University Law and Society Review 1985 -
  • Reviewer, American Bar Foundation Research Journal/ Law and Social Inquiry 1988 -
  • Reviewer, Canadian Journal of Criminology 1988 -
  • Reviewer, Criminology 1989 -
  • Reviewer, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 1990 -
  • Reviewer, Law & Policy 1991 -
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Regulatory Law and Practice 1992 -
  • Reviewer, Economy and Society 1995 -
  • Reviewer, Police Studies 1995 -
  • International Advisory Board Member, The British Journal of Criminology 1996 -
  • Advisory Board Member, Center on Crime, Communities and Culture, Open Society Institute 1997 - 1999
  • Board of Contributing Editors, Electronic Newsletter on Policing in Democratic Societies 1990 -
  • Editorial Board Member, Criminology & Criminal Justice 1999 - 2016
  • Editorial Board Member, The Open Criminology Journal 2007 - 2012
  • Editorial Board Member, The Journal of Criminal Justice Research (JCJR) 2009 - 2013
  • Editorial Board Member, Crime, Law and Social Change 2011 -
  • Partner Investigator, ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security, Griffith University, Australia 2008 - 2013
  • Advisory Board Member, Palgrave Book Series on Compromise after Conflict 2012 -
  • International Advisory Board Member, Restorative Justice: An International Journal 2013 -
  • Advisory Editor, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Criminology 2014 -
  • Advisory Board Member, Routledge Book Series: Studies in Private Security Studies 2016 -
  • International Editorial Board Member, International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy 2016 -
  • International Editorial Board Member, Book Series: Perspectives on Crime, Law and Justice from the Global South 2016 -
  • Editor (Eds. Leclerc, B., Homel, R. and Shearing, C.), Criminology at the Edge, Routledge 2017 -