Publications & Team

Current Research

Mike formally retired from ICPR in September 2016, but continues to have close links to the institute as a Visiting Professor in the School of Law. Procedural justice theory remains a strong research interest, and he is also involved in ICPR's evaluation of the College of Policing's What Works Centre for Reducing Crime. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the International Self-report Delinquency Study, and is the Principal Investigator for the UK part of this project.

Background and Expertise

Mike Hough started his research career in the Home Office, and was a member of the team that started the British Crime Survey. Leaving in 1994, he set up an academic policy research centre. This was originally based at London South Bank University; it moved to King's College London in 2003, and to Birkbeck, University of London, in 2010.

Mike Hough's current research interests include: procedural justice theory and public trust in justice; public perceptions of crime and justice; policing and police legitimacy; sentencing and sentencing guidelines; offender rehabilitation and desistance (and its evaluation).


Policing, New Public Management and Legitimacy

  • Author(s) Hough, M.
  • SubjectCriminal justice agencies and services
  • Year2010
  • LocationBasingstoke
  • Publisher/PublicationPalgrave Macmillan
  • Misc infoin (Eds.) Brookes, S and Grint, K., The New Public Leadership Challenge: The Rhetoric and Reality of Public Reform

Punishing Disadvantage: A profile of children in custody

Key predictors of compliance with community supervision in London

Gold standard or fool's gold: The pursuit of certainty in experimental criminology

  • Author(s)

    Hough, M.

  • SubjectCriminological research methods
  • Year2010
  • LocationUK
  • Publisher/PublicationCriminology and Criminal Justice, 10 (1): 11-22

Unjust deserts: Imprisonment for Public Protection

Procedural Justice, Trust and Institutional Legitimacy

  • Author(s) Hough, M., Jackson, J., Bradford, B., Myhill, A. and Quinton, P.
  • SubjectCourts, sentencing and attitudes to justice
  • Year2010
  • LocationUK
  • Publisher/PublicationPolicing, 4(3): 203-210

Remanded in Custody: An analysis of recent trends in England and Wales

  • Author(s) Player, E., Roberts, J., Jacobson, J.,  Hough, M. and Robottom, J.
  • SubjectCourts, sentencing and attitudes to justice
  • Year2010
  • LocationLondon
  • Publisher/PublicationHoward Journal, 49(3): 231-251

Differential treatment in the youth justice system

An evaluation of Bristol's 'Restorative Approaches in Schools' programme

An evaluation of Bristol RAiS

  • Author(s) Skinns, L., Du Rose, N. and Hough, M.
  • SubjectCrime and the community
  • Year2009
  • LocationLondon
  • Publisher/PublicationICPR
  • DownloadsRAiS Full Reportv6.pdf