Our research

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We work with policing and other public agencies to facilitate and deliver research that is relevant to issues faced in current practice. Some of our research projects include:

Research with added value

Our approach to research is based on four key principles:

Practitioner-academic partnership

We work in partnership with practitioners to co-produce knowledge and understanding – where practitioners are directly involved in research inquiries at every stage of the process

Trans-disciplinary perspectives

Police and crime issues are often complex and multi-faceted. Recognising this, we bring together research strengths and perspectives from different disciplines across the university, to enable a truly trans-disciplinary approach to research in these areas.

Inter-agency solutions

Many crime and public safety challenges are a cause of deeper rooted issues that require an inter-agency approach. We work with the police and other public sector agencies, like social care or the health service, to explore collective solutions that can help effectively tackle these challenges.

Impact maximisation

We are committed to maximising the potential impact of our research activities for the police service and the public they serve. To do this we will endeavour to ask the ‘right’ questions; employ appropriate research designs and analyses to answer them, and disseminate findings in a timely, widely accessible and innovative manner in order to maximize policy and operational impact