Staff profile

Dr Phil Jones

Lecturer in Policing (Research Methods)

Phil Jones

Research centre

Social, Cultural and Legal Research Centre





I am a lecturer in policing (research methods) specialising in teaching academic research skills, social research methods, and evidence-based policing for policing students.

I am a geographer, having earned my PhD in human geography specialising in quantitative methods and GIS.

Teaching responsibilities

I currently teach on the following programmes:

I am the module leader for the following modules:

Research interests

I specialise in quantitative social research methods and GIS. I am primarily interested in the spatial and geographical structure seen in all kinds of social phenomena.

Most recently I have been a postdoctoral researcher on the Thatcherism and Crime project. I contributed geographical skills and produced much of the project's geographical analysis. In collaboration with the project leaders - Prof. Steve Farrall and Dr. Emily Gray - we authored a number of publications listed on my ORCID page.

My PhD was in the geography of health inequalities and health resilience. I used GIS, quantitative methods, and spatial microsimulation to evaluate the effects of policy changes over the last decade.

I am a member of the Business, Law, and Social Science College Research Ethics Committee

Membership of professional bodies


Recent conferences

I've presented research nationally and internationally, including at the European Society of Criminology and American Society of Criminology.

Experience in industry

Before studying for my PhD I worked as a social researcher in the public sector for a number of years.

In the media

Recent publications

See my ORCID profile