Professor Clifford Shearing

Designation: 
Director: The Centre of Criminology
Expertise: 
Environmental and physical security, with a focus on the development of theoretical understandings that can be used to enhance the quality of security and justice governance
Professor Clifford Shearing

Professor Clifford Shearing is currently a Senior Scholar at the University of Cape Town’s Law Faculty, and a Professor at the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University, Australia. Prior to 2014 Shearing held the positions of the South African National Research Foundation Chair in Security and Justice, as well as the Chair of Criminology and the Director of the Centre of Criminology at the University of Cape Town from 2006-2013. 

He obtained a Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Toronto in 1977 and is an A-rated scholar. Clifford is a well-established and internationally recognised scholar in the field of policing and security. His research and writing has focused on the development of theoretical understandings that can be used to enhance the quality of security and justice governance. A particular focus of his work has been contributing to the development of institutions and processes that enhance the ability of poor collectivities to both direct and add value to their security and justice. He has also been developing research on environmental security.

Clifford has made many contributions to policy development for security strategy. That includes his service on the Advisory Board of The Safety Lab, Western Cape Department of Community Safety (DOCS), reshaping security governance in the Western Cape for the Provincial Government, Western Cape. He was on the editorial panel and contributed to the South African National Science Plan developed as part of the Global Change Grand Challenge in 2008. Other policy contributions were to the "Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Strategic Review Panel" 2007 – 2008. Previous policy contributions include developing policing strategy with the Canadian Law Commission, the Patten Commission on Policing for Northern Ireland and as a member of the Goldstone Commission playing a role in developing the strategy for policing South Africa's first democratic elections.

He has published numerous accredited journal articles and book chapters. In 2012 he published (with Neil Gunningham and Cameron Holley) an article entitled The New Environmental Governance, Earthscan. Another publication: Where’s The Chicken? Making South Africa Safe, with John Cartwright was also published in 2012 by Burnet Media. Innovative Possibilities: Global Policing Research and Practice edited by Johnston, L. & Shearing, C., was published by Routledge in 2011.

clifford.shearing@uct.ac.za