In recent years the Commission has sought to stimulate serious independent academic research and has been allowed controlled access to its casework records in order to assist projects exploring topics of practical use and interest.

This section of the website details, and here possible provides links to, completed academic work based on access to our casework material and, where possible, offers information about ongoing research activity.

It also provides information for anyone interested in proposing new research using Commission material.

Research calls will also be published here and communicated more widely as appropriate.

The CCRC Research Committee and proposals and calls for new research 

The CCRC’s Research Committee was established in 2014/15. It is made up of a number of CCRC Commissioners and staff including members of the Senior Management Team.

They are assisted and advised by two independent academic members. These are: Professor Cheryl Thomas QC (Hon), Professor of Judicial Studies at the University College London Faculty of Laws, and Professor Andrew Sanders, Professor of Criminal Law and Criminology and Head of School at the School of Law, Politics and Sociology at University of Sussex.

The Committee’s role is:

  • to identify areas of potential research beneficial to the Commission and to the wider criminal justice system
  • to issues calls for relevant research from external providers
  • to assess ad hoc and unsolicited research proposals
  • to monitor the progress of ongoing projects

Any one interested in proposing an academic research project to the Commission should consider following documents:

They should also make themselves aware of published research listed above.

All researchers will be required to sign an appropriate confidentiality agreement before access to CCRC records can be given.