Dr. Twyman-Ghoshal's research and teaching centers on global crime, crimes of the powerful/white collar crime, and theory. She has published on state crime, environmental harm climate change, maritime piracy, and terrorism. The wide range of her academic work is underpinned by questions on the relation between power, systemic injustice, social harm, and deviance in a globalized world. Her current projects include studying the links between climate change and crime, state co-offending and extraordinary state crime, and the sociological context of Somali maritime piracy, and decolonizing the criminological theories curriculum. In addition, she is working on developing a restorative justice technology platform
She has also created a comprehensive contemporary maritime piracy database, the Contemporary Maritime Piracy Database (CMPD) (1991-2018). The data is available here.
Contemporary Maritime Piracy Database