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Professor Roger Graef OBE

Professor Roger Graef OBE
Professor Roger Graef OBE is an award winning filmmaker, criminologist, broadcaster and writer. He is best known for his unstaged observational films in normally closed places like government ministries, corporation board rooms, international institutions including the EU and UN, as well as prisons, probation, special schools, and social work.

Many of his films have influenced business, diplomacy, policing, social and criminal justice policy. Recently, The Trouble with Adoption: A Panorama Special helped the government promise speedier adoptions. Other recent films include The Trouble with Pirates about Somalia, and Great Ormond Street, following consultants making life and death decisions. His current online project is for Google - CERNpeople, a series of shorts following the search for the Higgs Bosun.

He writes and broadcasts regularly on social and criminal justice and communications. He is the author of Talking Blues, Police in their Own Words, Living Dangerously: young offenders in their own words, and Why Restorative Justice? He is one of four commissioners on the RIBA Future Homes Commission whose report on ways out off the housing crisis was just published.

In 2004 he was the first documentary maker awarded the BAFTA Fellowship for lifetime achievement. In 2006 he was given an OBE. He was News International Visiting Professor of Communications at Oxford University, and is now Visiting Professor at the Mannheim Centre for Criminology at the LSE. He has been an Independent Advisor to the Metropolitan Police on race since 1999, and is an advisor to the Sentencing Council.


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