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
London Met opens new Digital Forensics Laboratory
The new lab will facilitate impactful research, industry collaboration and opportunities for continuing professional development.
London Met signs the Can’t Buy My Silence Pledge
University does not use non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) for complaints about sexual harassment, bullying and other forms of misconduct.
London Met criminologist to evaluate violence reduction in Tower Hamlets
A grant of £17,500 will see the University's Youth Safety Research Group assess a specialist violence and re-offending reduction programme in the East London borough.
Developing a public health framework to tackle Violence Against Women and Girls
London Met's Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit will develop the city of London’s next Violence Against Women and Girls strategy, focused on prevention and early intervention.
London Met to develop new Digital Forensics Laboratory
Cyber Security student Dipo Dunsin has been hired to advance the project as part of London Met's commitment to providing students with valuable work experience for their future careers.
New research to inform national change in police approach to sexual violence
London Met's Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit collaborated with experts around the UK on a project to improve the experiences of victims and tighten the grip on offenders.
Exploring the links between extremism and violence against women
London Met's Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit is undertaking research on religious and racial supremacist movements and how they connect to violence against women and girls.
London Met academic helps secure compensation for thousands of abuse survivors
As many as 2000 individuals who were abused in the care of Islington Council could receive compensation, following the work of the Islington Survivors Network.
Changing the conversation: from women's safety to women's freedom
Professor Liz Kelly, Director of London Met's Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit, asks what it is about our culture that allows women to be harmed, and what it would take to change this
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.
British Council recognises the achievements of Cyber Security Research Centre
A grant, awarded from the British Council, is being used to run a two day international workshop on Adversarial Cyber Security.
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.
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.
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.
Criminology lecturers team up with Evening Standard for cannabis project
Dr James Morgan and James Alexander spoke to six cannabis dealers about decriminalisation
Innovate UK fund London Met cyber security
London Metropolitan University’s cyber-security team recently won funding from Innovate UK to develop products which will enhance UK security.
Social Work Academic Mentor to deliver course on positive father involvement
Kevin Brazant's seminar will reflect a narrative literature review of UK and US studies in social work practice and parenting interventions with substantial findings.
London Met founder member of innovative crime research network
Professor John Grieve CBE QPM is part of the newly launched London Policing Research Network, a policing network which focuses exclusively on modern crime in London.
€5 million cybersecurity project involving London Met researchers receives praise after first year
Professor Kazemian and his team from Intelligent Systems Research Centre are part of an innovative EU-funded Horizon 2020 project, helping law enforcement agencies stop cybercriminals
Reforming UK drug policies
Dr James Morgan recently attended an All-Party Parliamentary Group session to discuss and engage with contemporary drug policies.
London Met hosts Innovative Drugs Policy conference
London Met brings together world-renowned experts for one day event.
Contributing to the Independent Inquiry Into Child Sexual Abuse
London Met’s Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit has published a report looking into prior historical discussions surrounding child sexual abuse.
London Met commissioned to carry out review for national child sex abuse inquiry
London Met has been commissioned to carry out a review of literature as part of the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse.
Rehabilitation programmes for domestic violence perpetrators can work
The vast majority of men who abuse their partners stop their physical and sexual violence if they attend a domestic violence perpetrator programme, according to new research.
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
Empowering London Student Spotlight Interview with Bethany Barlow
The spotlight interview focuses on Bethany Barlow, a third-year BA Criminology and Law student who did her Empowering London work placement at Islington Council.
London Met graduates shortlisted for prestigious TV Award
Inertia, a short film made by alumni Sam Harrop and Jordan Duff, is nominated in the editing category of the Royal Television Society Student Awards.
London Met presents the Big House Theatre and Bullet Tongue Reloaded
The "ferocious and powerful" play will be streamed live, using immersive theatre to lead its audience into the hidden world of marginalised young people involved in gang activity.
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.
"Progress on Stephen Lawrence improvements to community policing not sustained," Dr Neville Lawrence
The father of Stephen Lawrence, the London teenager who was stabbed to death in 1993, was joined by Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick, to speak at a London Met symposium.
Funding the future of cybersecurity
Muhammad Ali Kazmi, a PhD student in the School of Computing and Digital Media, has been awarded a Cisco scholarship to further his research into cybersecurity.
Crime: Meet our Challenge Champions
Introducing the academic and professional staff who are championing the Crime Challenge.