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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.

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.
 

Expertise Keywords

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

Subject Area Codes

  • Criminological Theories
  • Private Policing and Security Services

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

  • Professor, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University 2014 -
  • Senior Scholar, Law Faculty, University of Cape Town 2014 -
  • Professeur associé, School of Criminology, University of Montreal 2014 -
  • Emeritus Professor, University of Cape Town 2014 -
  • Visiting Professorial Fellow, University of New South Wales 2015 -
  • Professor at the Excellence 1 level, University of Cape Town 2006 - 2008
  • Professor at the Excellence 2 Level, University of Cape Town 2009 - 2013
  • Adjunct Professor, Socio-Legal Research Centre, Griffith University 2008 - 2014
  • Professor at the Excellence level 2, Regulatory Institutions Network, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University 2001 - 2008
  • Extraordinary Professor, School of Government, University of the Western Cape 1998 - 2006
  • Professor, Centre of Criminology, University of Toronto 1998 - 2006
  • Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Toronto 1989 - 2001
  • Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Toronto 1981 - 1989

Awards and Honours

  • A1 Rating, South African National Research Foundation 2013 - 2018
  • 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 -
  • 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 -

Professional experience

  • Member, Provincial Safety Advisory Committee (Western Cape) 2018 -
  • Member, Mauerberger Foundation Fund Steering Committee Award 2018 -
  • Member, American Society of Criminology Sellin-Glueck Award Committee 2019 -
  • Member, Australian Institute of Police Management (AIPM) Global Professoriate 2018 -
  • Research Chair, African Climate & Development Initiative (ACDI), University of Cape Town 2015 -
  • 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
  • Director, Community Peace Programme, School of Government, University of the Western Cape 1997 - 2006
  • Co-Director, Security 21: An International Centre for Security and Justice Regulatory Institutions Network, Australian National University 2001 - 2006
  • Director, Centre of Criminology, University of Toronto 1993 - 1998

Editorial roles

  • Editor (Eds. Leclerc, B., Homel, R. and Shearing, C.), Criminology at the Edge, Routledge 2017 -
  • Advisory Board Member, Palgrave Book Series on Compromise after Conflict 2012 -
  • 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 -
  • Editorial Board Member, Policing and Society 1988 - 2013
  • Advisory Board Member, Routledge Book Series: Studies in Private Security Studies 2016 -
  • International Advisory Board Member, The British Journal of Criminology 1996 -
  • Editorial Board Member, Criminology & Criminal Justice 1999 - 2016
  • International Advisory Board Member, Restorative Justice: An International Journal 2013 -