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Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science

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The History of the JDI

The JDI is the first institute in the world devoted to crime science. Research is concentrated on new ways to cut crime and increase security, drawing upon UCL's vast experience in related disciplines, including architecture, economics, engineering, geography, medicine, psychology, statistics and town planning.

It brings together 30 top research departments and research groups across UCL all with a working interest in the field of security and crime. The JDI aims to promote multidisciplinary research in crime and security and also promote multidisciplinary conferences, events, training and short courses in these fields. Partners and clients include organisations from academia, industry, commerce and government.

In order to offer formal degree qualifications, UCL created the Department of Security and Crime Science as the teaching arm of the JDI. The Department offers an undergraduate programme, master's courses and PhD programmes. Its alumni have gone into roles within Government, the security services and academia.

The current Director of the JDI is Professor Richard Wortley. To find out more about the members of the JDI board of directors and all the people who make the JDI what it is today, click here.