Dr Carina O'Reilly

Course Leader, BA Policing and Criminal Justice, BSc Professional Policing, MA Contemporary Policing, and BA Public Service;

Acting Senior Lecturer, Policing

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

School:Humanities and Social Sciences

Location: Chelmsford, Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Policing

Research Supervision:Yes

Courses taught: Contemporary Policing

Carina’s research areas are the public accountability and legitimacy of policing, with a focus on how legitimacy is negotiated in neighbourhood policing through community engagement.



Carina joined ARU as a full-time Lecturer in 2016 having taught for several years on a part-time basis. Carina’s background is in politics and security; she was deputy leader of Cambridge City Council until May 2016, and before that she worked for seven years as Senior European Security Analyst for HIS Jane’s, and was deputy editor of Jane’s Intelligence Review.

She currently edits Policing Insight, a web-based magazine focusing on policing governance and management. She completed her first degree in Social and Political Sciences at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, before taking Master’s in Strategic Studies at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

Research interests

  • Neighbourhood policing
  • Police legitimacy
  • Community engagement
  • Public services

Carina’s research interests lie in the field of policing and community engagement, particularly at the neighbourhood level, and the way in which public engagement is part of the negotiation of police legitimacy. This overlaps with her interest in theoretical and governmental conceptions of democracy, and the way that realist political theory can be used to examine democratic policing.


  • Policing and Criminal Justice
  • Public Services


  • MScEcon Strategic Studies, University of Wales
  • MA Cantab SPS, University of Cambridge 

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Editor, Policing Insight
  • Member of the British Society of Criminology
  • Member of the BSC Policing Network
  • Member of the Society for Evidence-Based Policing
  • Member of the Society for Research into Higher Education
  • Member of the Organised Crime Virtual Research Network
  • Member of the Standing Group on Organised Crime 

Selected recent publications

"Crime and Dissent: Northern Irish Paramilitaries Rely on Criminality," Jane's Intelligence Review Volume 26, no. No. 3 , 2014

Recent presentations and conferences

  • 2016 ‘Political Realism and Democratic Policing,’ presentation given to the British Society of Criminology conference, Nottingham
  • 2016 ‘Urban regeneration and public engagement,’ presentation to Centrality of Territories international conference in Charleroi, Belgium
  • 2015 ‘Local Policing, Legitimacy and Accountability,’ presented to the British Society of Criminology conference, Plymouth

Media experience

A range of television, radio and press appearances and interviews on topics related to European security, both while at IHS Jane’s and on behalf of Anglia Ruskin University.