Winnie Agnew-Pauley

Research Fellow

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Criminology , Policing

Winnie is a researcher in criminology and policing, with a particular interest in policing practices, illicit drug policy and social bias within the criminal justice system.

Twitter: @WAgnewPauley



Winnie has a background in criminology and has worked as a researcher across a range of criminal justice and policing related projects in Australia and in the UK. Winifred graduated from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) with a Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice (Honours) and completed her Honours thesis (with Distinction) on the use of drug detection dogs by police. She has worked as a researcher for the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research in Sydney, Department of Security and Crime Science at University College London (UCL) and the International Drug Policy Unit (IDPU) at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

At PIER, Winnie works on a number of collaborative research projects across a range of areas including crime prevention, community policing and public confidence, domestic abuse and sex offending. She also designs and conducts evaluations of police-led initiatives.

Winnie is currently undertaking her PhD at Flinders University (Australia), within the Centre for Crime Policy and Research. She is conducting a comparative study on the police use of stop and search in Australia and the UK.

Research interests

  • Criminology
  • Policing
  • Illicit drug policy
  • Drug law enforcement
  • Domestic violence


  • BCCJ, Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of New South Wales (UNSW) (Distinction)
  • BCCJ.Hons, Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice (Honours), University of New South Wales (UNSW) (Upper Second Class)
  • PhD Candidate, Flinders University

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Research Editor, Police Practice and Research (An International Journal)
  • Member, Society of Evidence Based Policing

Selected recent publications

Agnew-Pauley, W., & Hughes, C. (2019). Trends and offending circumstances in the police use of drug detection dogs in New South Wales 2008 – 2014. Current issues in Criminal Justice, 31 (1). DOI: 10.1080/10345329.2018.1556280

Agnew-Pauley, W. (2019). ‘Diversion in the Criminal Justice System: Examining interventions for drug-involved offenders’, in Collins, J., Agnew-Pauley, W., and Soderholm, A. (eds) Rethinking Drug Courts: International Experiences of a US Policy Export. London: London Publishing Partnership. pp. 123–147.

Collins, J., Agnew-Pauley, W. and Soderholm, A. (2019) Rethinking Drug Courts International Experiences of a US Policy Export. Edited by J. Collins, W. Agnew-Pauley, and Alex Soderholm. London: The London Publishing Partnership.

Belur, J., Agnew-Pauley, W., McGinley, B., & Tompson, L. (2019). A systematic review of police recruit training programmes. Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice. DOI:10.1093/police/paz022

McGinley, B., Agnew-Pauley, W., Tompson, L. & Belur, J. (2019). Police recruit training programmes: A systematic map of research literature. Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice. DOI:10.1093/police/paz019

Belur, J., Agnew-Pauley, W., & Tompson, L. (2018). Designing a graduate entry route for police recruits: lessons from a rapid evidence assessment of other professions. Police Practice and Research. DOI: 10.1080/15614263.2018.1526685.

Mayor's Office on Policing and Crime (MOPAC) (2018). Developing an Evidence Based Police Degree Holder Entry Programme: Final Report. Edited by Hough, M. & Stanko, B., with contributing authors including Agnew-Pauley, W.

Media Publications

Hughes, C., & Agnew-Pauley, W. (2019). It’s time to change our drug dog policies to catch dealers, not low-level users at public events. The Conversation (17 February 2019).

Recent presentations and conferences

Presentation and Panel: Drug Courts Panel: Evidence, Lessons and Recommendations, 21 October 2019, 5th International Law Enforcement and Public Health Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland. Presented on 'Drug Courts in Australia'

Presentation and Panel: New Approaches to Drug Consumption Policies in Latin America, 23 April 2018, London UK, hosted by Canning House and LSE International Drug Policy Unit (IDPU). Presented on 'Assessing the Evidence Base of Drug Courts as a Criminal Justice Intervention'

Conference presentation: Transforming Learning in Policing Conference, 23 February 2018, London UK, hosted by MOPAC in collaboration with the College of Policing. Presented findings of two projects: A Rapid Evidence Assessment of Graduate Conversion Courses and Learning from Other Professions – Stakeholder interviews

Poster presentation: Harm Reduction International Conference, 14-17 May 2017, Montreal Canada. Street-level drug law enforcement and harm reduction: The use of drug detection dogs in New South Wales 2008 to 2014