Welcome to the DCGC website
DCGC is a three-year interdisciplinary, collaborative PhD-programme which combines the expertise and strengths of four universities with established reputations in the field.
Internationally prestigious Excellence ProgrammeFunded by the European Union as an Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate and recognised as delivering training of outstanding quality, the DCGC brings together the expertise of four leading universities:
- The University of Kent, UK
- Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Hungary
- The University of Hamburg, Germany
- Utrecht University, Netherlands.
Working in the newly emerging fields of cultural criminology, global criminology, the criminology of security, human rights and social exclusion, the programme supervises critical, leading-edge doctoral research and provides a broad training that combines international mobility, an integrated structure and individually tailored flexibility.
Mobility....You conduct research in one of four thematic areas and are supervised by an international team based in your two chosen universities, spending at least one year in each.
The DCGC has established partnerships with associate members outside the university sector, drawn from fields directly relevant to its research themes. These associates are also involved in the programme and provide candidates with valuable research internship opportunities. Associates include a wide range of organisations involved in civil society action (mainly NGOs), policymaking, crime control and criminal justice. In addition we have university associate partners in countries outside Europe, which may act as bases for fieldwork in particular projects.
The DCGC is staffed with academics who have conducted high-quality, world-renowned research. All four partners in
the consortium are nationally and internationally recognised centres of research excellence, providing a complementary and interdisciplinary combination of both social science and law-based dimensions of criminology. The DCGC partner universities provide a rich and diverse research environment, promoting the development and exchange of ideas. Each institution organises frequent research seminars, workshops, academic events and international conferences which facilitate regular contact with world-leading researchers, visiting scholars and peers from a wide range of disciplines to help develop global career and social networks.
Global, transnational and cultural themes run across all four centres: in crime, control and social exclusion (ELTE and Kent); in the drug trade and its cultures (Kent, Utrecht, Hamburg); in the links between the local and the global
in youth crime, culture and control (Kent, Hamburg, Utrecht); in the trade-offs between security measures and human rights (Hamburg, ELTE); in environmental damage and the associated blurred boundaries between crime and social harm (Utrecht); and in the relationship between migration, social and legal exclusion.
As a doctoral researcher, you conduct critical research with identified impact in one of four main research themes:
- Crime, Media and Culture
- Criminal Justice Policy, Social Change and Exclusion
- Globalisation, Transnational Crime and Control
- Human Rights and International Security
Every aspect of the DCGC training is oriented to enhance the employment prospects of successful doctoral graduates. The programme allows you to develop a politically engaged, international understanding of crime, social harm and crime control, and prepares you to work in a broad range of employment areas concerned with understanding, preventing and responding to crime in a way that takes account of global, cultural and political contexts.
Our doctoral trainees are recognised as early career researchers who develop the knowledge and skills necessary
to work in both academic and non- academic research and policy environments, including universities, research institutes, policy bodies, civil society organisations and criminal justice agencies.
We expect successful DCGC graduates to publish research
in academic (peer-reviewed journal article and monograph forms)
and in other media aimed at policy audiences and the general public.
The international mobility and cultural perspectives of the programme ensure that graduates also bring considerable added value to any organisation through their qualities, skills and competence as well as their innovative, interdisciplinary, cross-cultural perspectives.
Enhanced career prospects
For more information, please contact P.Carney@kent.ac.uk.