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Dr. Ronald V. Clarke

University Professor (Center for Conservation Criminology)


Ph.D. (1968) University of London

Office Location

CLJ, 557

Areas of Specialization

Rational choice theory & situational crime prevention
Problem-oriented policing & crime analysis
Wildlife Crime


Dr. Clarke was Dean of the School of Criminal Justice from 1987-1998. Before moving to the United States in 1984, he was employed for fifteen years in the British government’s criminological research department, the Home Office Research and Planning Unit. He became the Director of the Unit in 1982. While at the Home Office, he jointly developed the rational choice perspective on crime with Derek Cornish and helped to launch the British Crime Survey. He also led the team that originated situational crime prevention and is now considered to be the world’s leading authority on that approach. Dr. Clarke is the founding editor of Crime Prevention Studies and is author or joint author of more than 300 books, monographs and papers, including Problem-Oriented Policing, Successful Case Studies, (Routledge, 2020), 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 Publishing, 2003)

Dr. Clarke is the Associate Director of the Center for Problem-oriented Policing, a virtual institute (www.popcenter.org), and he has been Visiting Professor at University College London since 2001. In 2012, his colleagues and former students published a festschrift in his honor (The Reasoning Criminologist, Routledge) and in 2015 he was awarded the Stockholm Prize in Criminology.

Click here to watch Dr. Clarke’s ASC Oral History of Criminology interview 


Recent & Key Publications

Petrossian, G. and Clarke, R.V. (2020).  Disaggregating illegal fishing losses for the 22 countries of the West African Coast. Maritime Studies, DOI 10.1007/s40152-020-00197-9, 2020

Scott , M.S. & Clarke, R.V (2020).  Problem-oriented policing: Successful case studies. Abington, Oxon, New York, NY: Routledge.

J. Eck & Clarke, R.V. (2019) Situational crime prevention: Theory, practice and evidence.  In Marvin D. Krohn, Gina Penly Hall, Alan J. Lizotte and Nicole Hendrix (Eds.) Handbook of crime and deviance, 2nd edition. Springer International Publishing AG.

Clarke, R.V.(2018) Regulating crime: The birth of the idea, its nurture and the implications for contemporary criminology.  Annals of the American Society of Political and Social Science, 679(1):20-35

Clarke, R.V. & Cornish, D. (2017)  Rational choice perspective In R. Wortley and M. Townsley (eds.) Environmental Criminology and Crime Analysis (2nd Edition). Abington, UK: Routledge.

Clarke, R.V., & Bowers, K. (2017) Seven misconceptions of situational crime prevention. In: N. Tilley and A. Sidebottom (eds.), Handbook of Crime Prevention and Community Safety. (2nd Edition) Abington, UK: Routledge.

Perry. P,  Apel, R., Newman, G.R., & Clarke, R.V. (2016) Situational prevention of terrorism; An evaluation of the Israeli West Bank Barrier. Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 33, 727–751.

Clarke, R.V., De By, R., & Petrossian, G. (2016)  Illegal longline fishing and albatross extinction risk.  Oryx: The International Conservation Journal, 52, 336-345.

Clarke, R.V. (2016) Criminology and the fundamental attribution error.  The Criminologist, Newsletter of the American Society of Criminology, 41(3). May/June.