Cartwright, Tom

Start date:
October 2011
Research Topic:
Community Safety in an Age of Austerity
Research pathway:
Research Supervisor:
Prof. Gordon Hughes and Mr Adam Edwards
Supervising school:
School of Social Sciences,
Primary funding source:
ESRC Studentship

My research is concerned with identifying the governing arrangements for community safety in the current political and economic climate. Through a mixed methods approach the research seeks to test a number of propositions identified in the literature regarding the debates about the future of community safety. These propositions range from the wholesale disbandment of community safety agendas to more optimistic assessments that there may be a continuance of community safety at a local level enabled through innovation by local actors and the peculiarities of local governance.  Through the testing of these propositions the research seeks to acquire an understanding of what factors help or hinder the maintenance of community safety agendas in an age of austerity.