Institute of Criminal Justice Studies


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Dr Andy Williams

  • Qualifications: BA (Hons) Sociology (University of Reading), MSc Sociology and Research Methods (with Distinction, University of Bristol), PhD (University of Reading)
  • Role Title: Principal Lecturer and Associate Head of Research
  • Address: St George's Building, 141 High Street, Portsmouth PO1 2HY
  • Telephone: 023 9284 3067
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  • Department: Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


I am currently a Principal Lecturer at ICJS having previously come from the University of Reading (1999 to 2003) where I taught modules in Criminology, Youth Crime and Undergraduate and Postgraduate Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods. My research and teaching experience is eclectic and follows the philosophy of the ‘Intellectual Speculator’ (Pareto, 1935), by traversing both social and natural sciences. My doctoral research was an ethnographic account of the true meaning and nature of the Paulsgrove ‘Riots’, which took place in August 2000 after the murder of Sarah Payne and the News of the World’s Naming and Shaming Campaign. My research exposed the real reason behind the demonstrations, by examining the motives and perspectives of the demonstrators involved. In doing so, it uncovered the fact that a prolific child sex offender was undertaking a programme of grooming the local environment, families and children, and exposed how police and politicians constructed a negative ‘discourse’ towards the demonstrators in order to cover the fact that complaints that were made against the ‘groomer’ had largely been ignored.

My current research portfolio includes profiling sexual and violent offenders, probation practice and integrated offender management in light of the current Government’s transforming rehabilitation agenda, the fallacies of moral panic theory, and blood spatter analysis. I am currently Treasurer of the British Society of Criminology.

Teaching Responsibilities

I am the Programme Area Leader for Postgraduate Research, having previously been the Undergraduate Programme Area Leader in charge of campus-based full-time undergraduate programmes. I also coordinate the following units: Dangerous Offenders and Public Protection (L6, U21011) and Sexual Offences and Offender Behaviour (L6, U23528).


My principle research interests lie in the areas of forensic criminology, blood spatter analysis, sexual and violent offenders, online child sex offender activism and systems of public protection and probation management.


Research profile

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