Staff profile

Professor Ken Pease

Professor of Policing


Criminology and Criminal Psychology


College of Business, Law and Social Sciences


Criminology and Social Sciences

Research centre

Better Society


Derby Campus



I am a forensic psychologist and have held Professorships at Manchester University, the University of Saskatchewan and Huddersfield. I have held or hold Visiting Professorships at Loughborough, Manchester and Huddersfield Universities, and the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan. I have worked in prisons and secure hospitals and headed the Police Research Group of the Home Office. I was awarded the OBE for services to crime prevention and the RV Clarke award from the Environmental Criminology Association.

Teaching responsibilities

I contribute as requested to a range of crime-related courses offered by the University.

Professional interests

I am interested in a wide variety of topics and has published on subjects as diverse as the physiology of vision and child pedestrian behaviour. I am currently obsessed by the measurement of supply of and demand for policing services.

Research interests

My research interests are correspondingly diverse. Recent publications concern how to identify lies about one's age, how specialised are the careers of criminals, what are the ethical and practical issues bearing on the retention of the DNA samples of convicted offenders, and which minor offences best predict serious criminality.

Membership of professional bodies


PhD Psychology (Manchester)

PhD (Hon) Nottingham Trent University

FBPsS (British Psychological Society)

CPsychol (Forensic) British Psychological Society.


Recent conferences

International experience

I worked for the United Nations Crime Branch (as it was then called) in Vienna and for the Correctional Service of Canada as a consultant.

Additional interests and activities

I am an active member of the Green Party for whom I have fought many elections.

Recent publications

Self Selection Policing (2016). With Hason Roach London: Routledge.

Evolutionary Psychology and Terrorism (2015) With Jason Roach and Max Taylor. London: Routledge.

Using Modelling to Predict and Prevent Victimisation (2014) with Andromachi Tseloni. New York: Springer