The Doctorate in Cultural and Global Criminology (DCGC) is a joint doctoral degree programme with the participation of the University of Kent, University of Utrecht, University of Hamburg and ELTE. Hence the programme offers its doctoral candidates collaborative European and international cooperation involving four centres of excellence and four distinctive cultural contexts, each providing different yet complementary specialisms, supervision and training in an integrated programme.

The programme has four main research themes:

  • Crime, media and culture
  • Criminal justice policy, social change and exclusion
  • Globalisation, transnational crime and control
  • Human rights and international security

The originality of the Doctorate in Cultural and Global Criminology lies in the development of an international and inter-cultural outlook on crime and crime control, facilitated by the interdisciplinary convergence of the two components of criminology: social science and law. This groundbreaking approach, using innovative methodologies, enables a far better criminological understanding and response to new crimes and related social problems. Hence the programme has a critical focus on the direct relevance of academic work to civil society action and criminal justice policy, mirrored in its synergistic relationship to key national and international agencies in civil society action and criminal justice policy. Through an international and inter-cultural perspective, it addresses the concerns of both academics and policy makers who increasingly reflect on the problem of ‘harm’ in two different ways: first, the varying ways in which harm is criminalised and, second, the balance of harms caused by crime and crime control. Associated with this societal engagement is a novel cultivation of the transferable skill set of global-critical citizenship, which is embedded in all aspects of the programme. Finally, in its structures and processes, the doctorate fully integrates the philosophy of international, inter-cultural and intersectoral mobility with its global and cultural research perspective.

The pervasive nature of, and dynamic change in, crime and its social, economic and political consequences, means that there is an urgent need for fresh insights, new approaches and, above all, professionals with the highest level of skills and competences which have been developed in an interdisciplinary and international environment. In addition to producing high-quality original and innovative research, doctoral graduates will

  • have developed globally-aware and culturally-sensitive approaches to criminology throughout their doctoral research and training;
  • possess creative, interdisciplinary perspectives, informed by both social science and law;
  • have high level communication skills and an ability to communicate complex, specialist knowledge to a wider audience of non-specialists;
  • understand the importance of relevance and impact in research, and have a commitment to disseminating knowledge and understanding;
  • have developed network and intercultural skills through working with fellow candidates, members of the academic team and external stakeholders in internships and work placements.


Programme Director at ELTE: Prof. Dr. Miklós Lévay
DCGC Academic Coordinator: Dr. Dávid Vig
Former Academic Coordinator: Dr. Andrea Borbíró
Student Liaison: Dr. Léna Podoletz

For more detailed information, please contact our DCGC staff or visit the official DCGC website: http://www.dcgc.eu/