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University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
United Kingdom

About Matthew Hall

Matthew Hall is a Professor of Law & Criminal Justice in the College of Social Science. He graduated with a Ph.D. from the University of Sheffield in 2007 having previously graduated from Sheffield’s MA in International Criminology programme. He became a Lecturer in Law and Criminal Justice in 2008 and a Senior Lecturer in 2011 both at the University of Sheffield School of Law, before moving to Lincoln in 2014. Matthew was interviewed on behalf of the European Commission as an expert contributor in the field of victimology to assist the development of the 2012 Directive establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime and has also advised the South African Department of Justice and Constitutional Development concerning a review of South Africa’s Victim Empowerment Scheme. He has also provided advice on victims’ rights issues to the South Korean and Irish governments. More recently Matthew has pioneered research on environmental victimisation and the application environmental justice principles in the criminal justice system at the national and international levels.

Department Responsibilities

Director of Research

Subject Specialism

Criminal Justice, Criminal Law, Criminology, Law of Evidence, Victimology, Green Criminology, Gender Studies


  • Ph.D. — University of Sheffield, 2006
  • MA International Criminology — University of Sheffield, 2003
  • LL.B. — University of Leiciester, 2002


  • Green Criminology Research Seminar Series ES/J022551/1 - £18,000 — ESRC,
  • The role of victims in the enforcement of EU environmental law — University of Sheffield (Faculty of Social Sciences) Faculty Network Enhancement Fund,


- Presently commissioned by the Trust for the Study of Homicide to conduct research on the training of Family Liaison Officers in South Yorkshire Police. Also commissioned by local MP Meg Munn (Sheffield Healey) to conduct research on ‘Everyday Sexism’ in the local area (2013/14, see also section 2.2 above). - Presently organising some fieldwork at the Environment Agency to look at Victim Personal Statements and their use in environmental cases for the Agency’s Chief Prosecutor (2013/14). - Consulted by the Colombian Ministry of Justice and the Attorney General’s Office concerning their programme of reform concerning victims of crime. Provided written report on the options (2012/13). - Consulted by Gwent Police on ways to improve victim satisfaction, provided detailed literature review and discussion (2012/13). - Interviewed on behalf of the European Commission as an expert contributor in the field of victimology to assist in the development of a new Directive on establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection for victims of crime. The Directive came into force in 2012 (2011/12). - Consulted by MP Meg Munn (Sheffield, Heeley) on the provision of services to victims of domestic violence. Ms Munn subsequently mentioned the Sheffield Centre for Criminological Research in the House of Commons (2011/12). - Advised the group Professionals Against Child Abuse (PACA) on evidential issues and assisted in the drafting of a parliamentary question regarding General Medical Council disciplinary proceedings (2010/11 onwards). - Consulted by the South African Department of Justice and Constitutional Development for a review of South Africa’s Victim Empowerment Scheme (2010/11). - Consulted by the South Korean Department of Justice as part of their review of state-funded compensation for victims of crime and provided a discussion document (2009/10). - Provided a discussion paper to the Greater Manchester Police Force on prosecuting domestic violence (2009/10). - Consulted by the NGOs Victim Support Queensland and Victim Support Australasia on matters pertaining to victims of crime within criminal processes, and have provided them with reviews of the relevant literature (2009/10 onwards). - Interviewed by Science magazine concerning the psychological effects of criminal procedure (2012/13). - Consulted by Firstlook TV for the internationally broadcasted series ‘Evil Up Close’ (2011/12). - Consulted by Blast Films on the production of a documentary series commissioned by the BBC on ‘New challenges to the criminal justice system’ (2009/10). - Co-founder and on the Management Committee of the European Society of Criminology Postgraduate and Early Stage Researchers Working Group - Currently an editor of the International Review of Victimology (2010/11 onwards). The IRV recently celebrated its 20th anniversary with a special issue to which I contributed both an article as well as the usual commissioning and editorial and work. - Previously book reviews editor for the International Review of Victimology (2007/08 – 2010/11).

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Research Interests

  • Criminal Justice

  • Criminal Law

  • Criminology

  • gender studies

  • Green Criminology

  • Law of Evidence

  • Victimology

Research in the Lincoln Repository

Professional Affiliations

  • Society of Legal Scholars — Full member
  • Social-Legal Studies Association — Full member
  • World Society of Victimology — Full member
  • European Society of Criminology — Full member
  • British Society of Criminology — Full member