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Clifford Shearing



Clifford Shearing is Professor, Public Law Department, University of Cape Town. He leads the Global Risk Governance Programme at the Institute for Humanities in Africa (HUMA).

A major focus of his academic work has been on broadening the boundaries of criminology, with a primary focus on ‘security governance’ – and more recently – criminology’s role in responding to the challenges of enhancing environmental security.





Froestad, J. & Shearing, C. 2013. Security Governance, Policing, and Local Capacity. Advances in Police Theory and Practice Series. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

Cartwright, J. & Shearing, C. 2012. Where’s The Chicken? Making South Africa Safe. Cape Town: Burnet Media.

Gunningham, N., Holley, C. & Shearing, C. 2012. The New Environmental Governance. London: Earthscan.

Johnston, L. & Shearing, C. 2011. Eds. Innovative Possibilities: Global Policing Research and Practice. (Police Practice and Research) IPES Series. London: Routledge.

Ayling, J., Grabosky, P. & Shearing, C. 2009. Lengthening the Arm of the Law: Enhancing Police Resources in the 21st Century. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Wood, J. & Shearing, C. 2007. Imagining Security. Cullompton: Willan Publishing.



Johnston, L. & Shearing, C. 2009. Eds. Special Anniversary Issue [special issue]. Police Practice and Research: An International Journal, 10(5&6).

Shearing, C. & Wood, J. Eds. 2007. Re-shaping Policing: Ideas in Action [special issue]. Police Practice and Research: An International Journal, 8(2).



Holley, C. & Shearing, C. Forthcoming. Environmental Policing: Harms, Enforcement and Collaboration. In: Bradford, B., Jauregui, B., Loader, I., Steinberg, J. Eds. Handbook of Global Policing. Sage. 

Shearing, C. & Stenning, P. Forthcoming. The Privatisation of Security: Implications for Democracy. In: Leander, A. & Abrahamsen, R. Eds. Routledge Handbook of Private Security. Taylor & Francis/ Routledge.

Berg, J. & Shearing, C. Forthcoming.  Strain Theory. In: Barkhuizen J. & Beukman, B. Eds. Criminology: Explaining Crime in South Africa. Oxford University Press.

Holley, C. & Shearing, C. Forthcoming. Nodal Governance. In: Turner, B.S. Ed. The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social Theory. John Wiley & Sons.

Holley, C. and Shearing, C. Forthcoming. A Nodal Perspective in Governance: Advances in Nodal Governance Thinking. In Drahos, P. Ed. Regulation, Institutions and Networks. ANU Press.

Froestad, J., Shearing, C. & Van der Merwe, M. Forthcoming. Criminology: Re-imagining Security. In: Bourbeau, P. Ed. Security: Dialogue across Disciplines. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Berg, J. with Shearing, C. 2015. New Authorities: Relating State and Non-state Security Auspices in South African Improvement Districts. In: Kyed, H. & Albrecht, P. Eds. Policing and the Politics of Order-Making. Oxon: Routledge, 91- 107.

Van der Spuy, E. & Shearing, C. 2014. Curbing the Killing Fields: Making South Africa Safer. In: Rotberg, R. Ed. Governance and Innovation in Africa: South Africa after Mandela. Waterloo, ON: CIGI, 237-258.

Berg, J., Nakueira, S. & Shearing, C. 2014. Global Non- State Auspices of Security Governance. In: Bersot, H. & Ariigo, B. Eds. The Routledge Handbook of International Crime and Justice Studies. New York: Routledge, 77-97.

Herbstein, T. & Froestad, J., Shearing, C. & Nel, D. 2013. Insurance, 'Climate Risk' and the Barriers to Change. In: Börzel, T.A. & Hamann, R. Eds. Business and Climate Change Governance: South Africa in Comparative Perspective. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 156-172.

Shearing, C. 2013. Foreword. In: Nalla, M.K. & Newman, G.R. Eds. Community Policing in Indigenous Communities. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, ix-xiii.

Shearing, C. 2012. Tapestries on Policing. Foreword. In: Palmer, D., Berlin, M. & Das, D. Eds. Global Environment of Policing. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, xiii -xv.

Stenning, P. & Shearing, C. 2012. The Shifting Boundaries of Policing: Globalization and its Possibilities. In: Newburn, T. & Peay, J. Eds. Policing: Politics, Culture and Control: Essays in Honour of Robert Reiner. Oxford: Hart Publishing, 265 -284.

Froestad, J., Shearing, C., Herbstein, T. & Grimwood, S. 2012. City of Cape Town Solar Water Heater Bylaw: Barriers to Implementation. In: Cartwright, A., Parnell, S., Oelofse, G. & Ward, S. Eds.  Climate Change at the City Scale: Impacts, Mitigation and Adaptation in Cape Town. London: Earthscan, 244 - 262.

Froestad, J. & Shearing, C. 2011. Re-imagining Justice from the Bottom Up. In: Carnelley, M. & Hoctor, S. Eds. Law, Order and Liberty: Essays in Honour of Tony Matthews. Scottsville: University of Kwa-Zulu Natal Press, 237-250.

Shearing, C. & Marks, M. 2011. Criminology’s Disney World: The Ethnographer’s Ride of South African Criminal Justice. In: Bosworth, M. & Hoyle, C. Eds. What is Criminology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 125-140.

Dinnen, S., Cartwright, J., Jenneker, M., Shearing, C., Wai, I., & Maia, P. 2010. Community-building and Security: Case Studies. In: Luker, V. & Dinnen, S. Eds. Civic Insecurity Law, Order and HIV in Papua New Guinea. Canberra: The Australian National University Press, 237-264.

Shearing, C. 2010. The Curious Case of the Patten Report. In: Doyle, J. Eds. Policing the Narrow Ground: Lessons from the Transformation of Policing in Northern Ireland. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy, 27-38.

Shearing, C. & Froestad, J. 2010. Nodal Governance and the Zwelethemba Model. In: Quirk, H., Seddon, T. & Smith, G. Eds. Regulation and Criminal Justice: Innovations in Policy and Research. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 103-133.



Shearing, C. Forthcoming. Criminology and the Anthropocene. Criminology and Criminal Justice, 15(3).

Shearing, C.  Forthcoming. Reflections on the Nature of Policing and its Development. Police Practice & Research.

Honig, M., Petersen, S., Herbstein, T., Roux, S., Nel, D. & Shearing, C. Forthcoming. A Conceptual Framework to Enable the Changes Required for a One-planet Future. Environmental Values.

Stenning, P. & Shearing, C. 2015. Privatisation, Pluralisation and the Globalisation of Policing. Research Focus, 3(1): 1-8.

Petersen, S., Shearing, C & Nel, D. 2015. Sustainability Transitions: An Investigation of the Conditions under Which Corporations are Likely To Reshape Their Practices to Reverse Environmental Degradation. Environmental Management and Sustainable Development, 4(1): 85-105.

Van der Spuy, E. & Shearing, C. 2014. Curbing the Killing Fields: Making South Africa Safer. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 652(1): 186-205.

Pasquini, L., Ziervogel, G., Cowling, R.M. and Shearing, C. 2014. What Enables Local Governments to Mainstream Climate Change Adaptation? Lessons Learned from Two Municipal Case Studies in the Western Cape, South Africa. Climate and Development [online]:

Pasquini, L. & Shearing, C. 2014. Municipalities, Politics, and Climate Change: An Example of the Process of Institutionalizing an Environmental Agenda within Local Government. Journal of Environment and Development, 23(2):271-296.

Froestad, J., Grimwood, S., Herbstein, T. & Shearing, C. 2015. Policy Design and Nodal Governance: A Comparative Analysis of Determinants of Environmental Policy Change in a South African City. Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research & Practice, 17(2): 174-191.

Van Steden, R., Wood, J., Shearing, C & Boutellier, H. 2014. The Many Faces of Nodal Policing: Team Play and Improvisation in Dutch Community Safety. Security Journal [online]:

Froestad, J. & Shearing, C. 2013. Meditative Reflections on Nils Christie’s ‘Words on Words’ through an African Lens. Restorative Justice Journal: An International Journal, 1(1): 31 - 46.

Nel, D., Shearing, C. & Reyers, B. 2011. Insurers could help address climate risks. Nature, 476(7358):33.

Berg, J. & Shearing, C. 2011.The Practice of Crime Prevention: Design Principles for More Effective Security Governance. SA Crime Quarterly, 36:23-30.

Shearing, C. & Marks, M. 2011. Being a New Police in the Liquid 21st Century. Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, 5(2): 1-9.

Shearing, C. 2011. Re-considering the Field of Policing: A Review of The Policing Web. Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 53(3): 325-342.

Bradlow,B., Bolnick, J. & Shearing, C. 2011. Housing, Institutions, Money: The Failures and Promise of Human Settlements Policy and Practice in South Africa. Environment and Urbanisation, 23(1): 267-275.

Wood, J., Shearing, C. & Froestad, J. 2011. Restorative Justice and Nodal Governance. International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice, 35(1):1-18.

Shearing, C. & Johnston, L. 2010. Nodal Wars and Network Fallacies: A Genealogical Analysis of Global Insecurities. Theoretical Criminology, 14(4): 1-20.


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