Staff profile

Professor Ken Pease

Professor of Policing




College of Business, Law and Social Sciences


Criminology and Social Sciences


Derby Campus



Ken is a forensic psychologist who has held Professorships at Manchester University, the University of Saskatchewan and Huddersfield. He has held or holds Visiting Professorships at Loughborough, Manchester and Hudderfield Universities, and the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan. He has worked in prisons and secure hospitals and jeaded the Police Research Group of the Home Office. He was awarded the OBE for services to crime prevention and the RV Clarke award from the Environmental Criminology Association.

Teaching responsibilities

He contributes as requested to a range of crime-related courses offered by the University.

Professional interests

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

Research interests

Ken's 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

British Psychological Society.

Environmental Criminology Association (ECCA)


PhD. Psycjology (Manchester)

PhD (Hon) Nottingham Trent University

F.B.Ps.S. (British Psycological Society)

C.Psychol. (Forensic) British Psychological Society.


Recent conferences

Society for Evidence Based Policing 2017

Excellence in Policing 2018.

International experience

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

Ken is an active member of the Green Party for whom he has 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