Current work

Critical analysis of government reform of criminal justice, criminal law and pre-trial detention provisions

  • 1998 PGCHE, Middlesex University
  • 1995 PhD "Balance in Pre-Trial Criminal Justice: Suspects' Experiences in the Nick Under the Revised PACE Code of Practice C", Faculty of Law, London School of Economics, University of London
  • 1991 BA Law and Sociology, Middlesex University
  • 1988 Certificate in Group Analysis, Institute of Group Analysis, London.
  • 1986 Diploma in Psychosocial and Family Centred Nursing, Cassel Hospital, London
  • 1983 Registered General Nurse, Lister Hospital, Stevenage, Herts.


  • 1996 - Middlesex University. Current: Principal Lecture; Head of Department, Criminology and Sociology 2007-2013
  • 1993-1994 Lecturer (PT), London School of Economics, University of London
  • 1980-1991 Various Nursing positions

Selected publications

  • Adams, C. (2000). Suspect Data: Arresting Research. In R. D. King : E. Wincup (eds), Doing Research on Crime and Justice. Oxford: Oxford


  • Adams, C. (1995), In the Nick: 'Balance', Rights and Suspects, The British Criminology Conference, Loughborough
  • Adams, C. (1998). Managing Student Learning in Higher Education. London Guildhall University

Professional Membership

  • Member of the Higher Education Academy

Honours and Prizes

  • 1992-1995 ESRC Postgraduate Training Award
  • 1991-1992 Kahn-Freund Award in Law, LSE
  • Criminal Justice: Systems and Policing Studies
  • Criminal Law and Pre-trial Criminal Procedure
  • Research Methodologies
  • Socio-Legal Studies
  • Pre-trial criminal procedure
  • Suspects in the criminal process
  • Impact of law on society