We undertake a range of commissioned research and consultancy projects, which aid the development of law, policy and practice.
We also welcome PhD study in the policing and forensic science field, long and short-term visits from police officers or academics who want to undertake research, and partnerships with organisations who want to conduct collaborative research or comparative policing research.
Our areas of research expertise include:
- Investigative interviewing of suspects, witnesses and victims
- Witness memory, including voice recognition
- Neighbourhood policing
- Young people
- Partnership working
- Evidence-based practice and problem solving
- Domestic violence, homicide and abuse
- Serious sexual offences
- Kidnapping and abduction
- Serious, organised, transnational and corporate crime
- Forensic handwriting and document analysis
- Children with autism within the criminal justice system.
Recent research projects:
Domestic abuse research
With domestic violence accounting for 10% of all UK crime, two of the Institute's senior lecturers are undertaking doctoral research on the subject of domestic violence, which will consider how the police assess those who are at risk and will look at strategies to help reduce violence and abuse in the home.