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.
- Environmental security
- Private security
- Criminological Theories
- Private Policing and Security Services
- South Africa
- Froestad, J., Nokleberg, M., Shearing, C., & Trollip, H. (2018). South AfricaⳠMinerals - Energy - Complex: Flows, Regulation, Governance and Policing. In Ending Africa’s Energy Deficit and the Law: Achieving Sustainable Energy for All in Africa (pp. 308–343).
- Amicelle, A., Côt魂oucher, K., Dupont, B., Mulone, M., Shearing, C., & Tanner, S. (2017). Criminology in the face of flows: reflections on contemporary policing and security. Global Crime, 18(3), 165–175.
- Harrington, C., & Shearing, C. (2017). Security in the Anthropocene: Reflections on Safety and Care.
- Harrington, C., Lecavalier, E., & Shearing, C. (2017). From passengers to crew: introductory reflections. Crime, Law and Social Change, 68(5), 493–498.
- Holley, C., & Shearing, C. (2017). Criminology and the Anthropocene (Criminology at the Edge). Criminology and the Anthropocene (Criminology at the Edge).
- Holley, C., & Shearing, C. (2017). A Nodal Perspective of Governance: Advances in Nodal Governance Thinking. In Regulatory Theory: Foundations and applications (pp. 163–180).
- Howell, S., & Shearing, C. (2017). Prisons, Tourism, and Symbolism: Reflecting (on) the Past, Present and Future of South Africa. In The Palgrave Handbook of Prison Tourism (pp. 277–294).
- Ruteere, M., Shearing, C., & Stenning, P. (2017). Human rights and pluralization of policing. In The Routledge International Handbook of Criminology and Human Rights (pp. 396–404).
- Holley, C., & Shearing, C. (2016). Policing and New Environmental Governance. In The SAGE Handbook of Global Policing (pp. 552–572).
- Jensen, T. O., Shearing, C., Skauge, T., & Persson, A. N. (2016). Energy civilization through industrial modernity and beyond. Euro-Asian Journal of Sustainable Energy Development Policy, 5(1), 21–44.
- Shearing, C. (2016). Reflections on the nature of policing and its development. Police Practice and Research, 17(1), 84–94.
- Shearing, C., & Stenning, P. (2016). The Privatisation of Security: Implications for Democracy. In Routledge Handbook of Private Security Studies (pp. 140–148).
- Steden, R. van, Wood, J., Shearing, C., & Boutellier, H. (2016). The many faces of nodal policing: Team play and improvisation in Dutch community safety. Security Journal, 29(3), 327–339.
- Berg, J., & Shearing, C. (2015). New Authorities: Relating State and Non-State Security Auspices in South African Improvement Districts. In Policing and the Politics of Order-Making (pp. 91–107).
- Froestad, J., Grimwood, S., Herbstein, T., & Shearing, C. (2015). Policy Design and Nodal Governance: A Comparative Analysis of Determinants of Environmental Policy Change in a South African City. Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice, 17(2), 174–191.
- Froestad, J., Shearing, C., & Merwe, M. V. D. (2015). Criminology: Reimagining Security. In Security: Dialogue Across Disciplines (pp. 177–195).
- Honig, M., Petersen, S., Shearing, C., Pinter, L., & Kotze, I. (2015). The conditions under which farmers are likely to adapt their behaviour: A case study of private land conservation in the Cape Winelands, South Africa. Land Use Policy, 48, 389–400.
- Honig, Ma., Petersen, S., Herbstein, T., Roux, S., Nel, D., & Shearing, C. (2015). A Conceptual Framework to Enable the Changes Required for a One-Planet Future. Environmental Values, 24(5), 663–688.
- Pasquini, L., Ziervogel, G., Cowling, R. M., & Shearing, C. (2015). What enables local governments to mainstream climate change adaptation? Lessons learned from two municipal case studies in the Western Cape, South Africa. Climate and Development, 7(1), 60–70.
- Petersen, S., Shearing, C., & Nel, D. (2015). Sustainability Transitions: An Investigation of the Conditions under Which Corporations Are Likely To Reshape Their Practices to Reverse Environmental Degradation. Environmental Management and Sustainable Development, 4(1), 85–105.
- Shearing, C. (2015). Criminology and the Anthropocene. Criminology & Criminal Justice, 15(3), 255–269.
- Berg, J., Nakueira, S., & Shearing, C. (2014). Global Non-state Auspices of Security Governance. In The Routledge Handbook of International Crime and Justice Studies (pp. 77–97).
- Pasquini, L., & Shearing, C. (2014). Municipalities, Politics, and Climate Change: An Example of the Process of Institutionalizing an Environmental Agenda Within Local Government. The Journal of Environment Development, 23(2), 271–296.
- Spuy, E. V. D., & Shearing, C. (2014). Curbing the Killing Fields: Making South Africa Safer. The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 652(1), 186–205.
- Froestad, J., & Shearing, C. (2013). Meditative reflections on Nils Christies Words on words, through an African lens. Restorative Justice, 1(1), 31–46.
- Herbstein, T., Froestad, J., & Shearing, C. (2013). Insurance, Climate-Risk and the Barriers to Change. In Business and Climate Change Governance: South Africa in Comparative Perspective (pp. 156–172).
- Froestad, J., & Shearing, C. (2012). Security Governance, Policing, and Local Capacity.
- Froestad, J., Shearing, C., Herbstein, T., & Grimwood, S. (2012). City of cape town solar water heater by-law: Barriers to implementation. In Climate change at the city scale: Impacts, mitigation and adaptation in cape town (pp. 244–262).
- Holley, C., Gunningham, N., & Shearing, C. (2012). The new environmental governance.
- Stenning, P., & Shearing, C. (2012). The shifting boundaries of policing: Globalisation and its possibilities. In Policing, Culture and Control (pp. 265–284). United Kingdom: Hart Publishing.
- Berg, J., & Shearing, C. (2011). The Practice of Crime Prevention: Design Principles for More Effective Security Governance. SA Crime Quarterly, 36, 23–30.
- Bradlow, B., Bolnick, J., & Shearing, C. (2011). Housing, institutions, money: The failures and promise of human settlements policy and practice in South Africa. Environment and Urbanization, 23(1), 267–275.
- Froestad, J., & Shearing, C. (2011). Re-imagining Justice from the Bottom Up. In Law, Order and Liberty: Essays in Honour of Tony Mathews (pp. 237–250).
- Shearing, C. (2011). Re-considering the field of policing: A review of the policing web. Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 53(3), 325–341.
- Shearing, C., & Marks, M. (2011). Being a New Police in the Liquid 21st Century. Policing, 5(3), 210–218.
- Shearing, C., & Marks, M. (2011). Criminologys Disney World: The Ethnographers Ride of South African Criminal Justice. In What Is Criminology? (pp. 125–142).
- Wood, J., Shearing, C., & Froestad, J. (2011). Restorative Justice and Nodal Governance. International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice, 35(1), 1–18.
- Shearing, C., & Johnston, L. (2010). Nodal wars and network fallacies: A genealogical analysis of global insecurities. Theoretical Criminology, 14(4), 495–514.
- Johnston, L., & Shearing, C. (2009). From a dialogue of the deaf to a dialogue of listening: Towards a new methodology of policing research and practice. Police Practice and Research, 10, 415–422.
- Marks, M., Shearing, C., & Wood, J. (2009). Who should the police be? finding a new narrative for community policing in South Africa. Police Practice and Research, 10(2), 145–155.
- Ayling, J., & Shearing, C. (2008). Taking care of business: Public police as commercial security vendors. Criminology and Criminal Justice, 8(1), 27–50.
- Berg, J., & Shearing, C. (2008). Integrated Security: Assembling Knowledges and Capacities. In The Handbook of Knowledge-Based Policing: Current Conceptions and Future Directions (pp. 389–404). United Kingdom: John Wiley & Sons.
- Hermer, J., Kempa, M., Shearing, C., Stenning, P., & Wood, J. (2005). Policing in Canada in the Twenty-First Century: Directions for Law Reform. In D. Cooley (Ed.), Re-imagining policing in Canada (pp. 22–91). Canada: University of Toronto Press.
- Stenning, P., & Shearing, C. (2005). Reforming Police: Opportunities, Drivers and Challenges. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 38(2), 167–180.
|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.|
PhD Soc PhD in Sociology, University of Toronto 1970 - 1977
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
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 -
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
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 -