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Recipient of the Stockholm Prize in Criminology

University Professor Dr. Ronald V. Clarke served as dean of the School of Criminal Justice for more than a decade, 1987-1998, and mentored many rising stars in the field of criminology. A native of Great Britain, Clarke previously worked in various capacities for the Home Office Research and Planning Unit (Home Office), the British government’s criminological research department, where he ultimately became director in 1982. While at the Home Office, Clarke helped to develop the rational choice theory on crime and launch the British Crime Survey, which is the British counterpart to the U.S. National Crime Victimization Survey. Clarke also led the team that originated situational crime prevention; he now is considered to be the world’s leading authority on that approach.

In November 2014 Clarke was honored with the highest award in crimonology: the Stockholm Prize in Criminology. The 1,000,000 Swedish kronor prize (approximately $135,500) recognizes “outstanding achievements in criminological research or for the application of research results by practitioners for the reduction of crime and the advancement of human rights,” according to the Swedish Ministry of Justice, which established the award. Clarke and and co-recipient Patricia Mayhew will receive the prize at a ceremony in Stockholm City Hall on June 9, 2015.

Clarke is the associate director of the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing (www.popcenter.org), a virtual institute supported by the Community Oriented Police Services, “the office of the U.S. Department of Justice that advances the practice of community policing in America’s state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies.” The Center for Problem-Oriented Policing enables police practitioners, researchers, and universities to use collaboratively problem-oriented policing to address specific crimes and disorders.

The founding editor of the anthology Crime Prevention Studies, Clarke also is author or joint author of more than 250 books, monographs and papers. His published work includes Outsmarting the Terrorists (Praeger, 2006), Become a Problem Solving Crime Analyst (U.S. Dept of Justice, 2005), and Superhighway Robbery: Preventing E-commerce Crime (Willan, 2003). In 2011, he was the subject of a book (The Reasoning Criminologist: Essays in Honour of Ronald V Clarke) written by former colleagues and students to recognize his “enormous and enduring” contribution to criminology and crime science.

Clarke began his teaching career in the United States in 1984 as a Temple University professor and has been a visiting professor at the Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science at University College London since 2001. He received his doctoral degree in psychology and master of clinical psychology from the University of London. He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology and philosophy from the University of Bristol.

His areas of expertise include rational choice theory, situational crime prevention, problem-oriented policing and crime analysis, and wildlife crime.