Laura Bui is Lecturer in Criminology at the Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice. She is also Chartered Psychologist, with an educational background in criminology and psychology. She holds a PhD from the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge; MA from Boston University; and BA from the University of California, Irvine. Before joining The University of Manchester, she was Programme Lead and Lecturer in Criminology at Liverpool Hope University; and prior to full-time lectureship, she contributed to research projects in higher education and third-sector organisations in the US and UK, with the most recent role being Postdoctoral Researcher at the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, Queen Mary University of London. There, she worked on statistical analyses and co-authored the NIHR-funded report, Improving risk management in mental health services: A multi-methods approach.
Bui’s main research interests are young people, violence prevention, and social narratives on crime and criminality. Her current work is on our understanding of crime in Japan, and she is co-author of Crime in Japan: A psychological perspective, which was recently published by Palgrave Macmillan. With her research, she is drawn to the relationship and interaction between psychological and sociological phenomena, mixed-methods approaches, and quantitative analyses.
Some of her favourite criminological works are: Bottoms’s (2008) The relationship between theory and empirical observations in criminology; Moffitt’s (1993) Adolescence-limited and life-course-persistent antisocial behavior: A developmental taxonomy; Sampson and Laub’s (1993) Crime in the making: Pathways and turning points through life; and Cullen et al.'s (1997) Crime and the bell curve: Lessons from intelligent criminology.