London Met Lab: The Crime Challenge
Our researchers have spent years exploring the drivers and impacts of crime, in areas as diverse as knife crime and gang culture, to cybercrime and fraud.
London has one of the highest crime rates of any British city, in part due to the scale of inequality in the capital. Our researchers have spent years exploring the drivers and impacts of crime, in areas as diverse as knife crime and gang culture, to cybercrime and fraud.
We want to help reduce crime. We want to support our partners to reduce gun and knife crime, domestic violence, hate crime, harassment and persecution at their root, and foster safer communities for all.
Research and projects
Rising knife crime in London
Dr James Alexander responds to the latest national crime statistics which show that knife crime saw a record high from December 2018-19, with London accounting for a third of cases.
Knife crime: realities and misconceptions
There is a need to tackle the underlying issues of knife crime, which is rooted in poverty and social deprivation.
Should cannabis be legalised?
London Met lecturers say any legalisation framework should aim to help illegal dealers make the transition to the legal market, so as not to turn weed dealers into crack dealers.
Experts urge action on Violence Against Women and Children during COVID-19
The Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit (CWASU) at London Met say the crisis creates a conducive context for all forms of violence against women and children to flourish and escalate.
Developing a public health framework around youth knife crime
Criminologist Dr James Alexander will evaluate Camden’s Youth Safety Task Force which advocates early intervention and multifaceted support systems for at-risk young people.
Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit
CWASU is the only research unit in Europe that integrates a focus on all forms of violence against women and child abuse.
Students and the community
Masculinity and conflict in the community
Kevin Brazant discusses his work on subjects including gender-based violence, relationship breakdown, family conflict, and topics around masculinity and male identity.