1st Edition

Mixed Methods in Criminology

By Vicky Heap, Jaime Waters Copyright 2019
    314 Pages 45 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    314 Pages 45 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Mixed Methods in Criminology is the first book to bring together the discipline of criminology with the mixed methods research strategy, which has become increasingly prominent within criminological teaching and research.

    The book is structured so that it charts the course of a criminological mixed methods study. Starting with an introduction to mixed methods and its implications for criminology and criminological research, the book then works systematically through the planning stages of a research project. Developing research questions, aims and objectives is discussed alongside literature searching skills and the project planning process, before the principles and practice of ethical research are summarised. Next come chapters on philosophy, mixed methods design, combining the data, research design and sampling, data collection methods and data analysis; delivering a comprehensive overview of how to undertake a mixed methods research project in practice. This is followed by a chapter on troubleshooting, which provides useful advice from experienced mixed methods researchers, before a detailed account of how to write-up mixed methods research is presented. The book concludes with a range of real-life mixed methods case studies to demonstrate how the techniques outlined in this book have been employed in reality and to inspire new criminological mixed methods projects.

    Providing straightforward, easy to follow guidance, Mixed Methods in Criminology is the essential student companion for any criminological mixed methods research project. Drawing on the authors' years of experience teaching research methods, the book is written in a supportive and encouraging tone that will serve as a reference and guide for those embarking on their adventures 'in the field'.

    Foreword Professor Shadd Maruna


    List of Figures

    List of Tables

    Chapter 1. Introduction to Mixed Methods

    Chapter 2. Creating a Mixed Methods Question and Project Planning

    Chapter 3. Ethics

    Chapter 4. Philosophy

    Chapter 5. Mixed Methods Design

    Chapter 6. Combining the Data

    Chapter 7. Research Design and Sampling

    Chapter 8. Data Collection Methods

    Chapter 9. Data Analysis

    Chapter 10. Critique

    Chapter 11. Troubleshooting

    Chapter 12. Writing-Up

    Chapter 13. Case Studies

    Glossary of Key Terms



    Vicky Heap is Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Fellow of the Sheffield Institute for Policy Studies at Sheffield Hallam University. She conducts research and lectures in the areas of anti-social behaviour, crime prevention and research methods. Her current research examines victims’ experiences of anti-social behaviour and the implementation of the Community Trigger and Community Remedy policies from the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act (2014).

    Jaime Waters is Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Fellow of the Sheffield Institute for Policy Studies at Sheffield Hallam University. She has been teaching criminological research methods since 2004 and publishes on methodological issues. Her main research interests include illegal drug use, gambling, and emotional labour, and she published her first research monograph, Illegal Drug Use Through the Lifecourse (with David Moxon, Routledge) in 2017.