Project Team


Professor Adam Crawford

N8 PRP Director, University of Leeds



Steph Abraham

N8 PRP Project manager, University of Leeds



Lauren Gale

N8 PRP Events and Communications, University of Leeds



Policing Innovation Forum

This strand should constitute a dynamic ‘engine’ of innovation at the heart of the overall project that regularly spawns new synergies, identifies novel research co-production opportunities, stimulates knowledge exchange and drives innovation. Key policing partners and wider stakeholders will be central to the design and operation of the forum which will generate ideas that feed into the Research Co-production strand (below).


Dr Stephen Brookes

University of Manchester



Dr Geoff Pearson

University of Manchester




Data Analytics

This strand will seek to provide a data analytics infrastructure enabling the pooling and sharing of significant policing and other appropriate datasets. The infrastructure will act as a forum, clearing house and, where appropriate, provide a gateway to secure data repository services; improving access to sources of police data that are otherwise inaccessible and under-used.

The infrastructure aims to add significant value data and open new avenues for research, analysis, visualisation and data exploitation for the police and academic communities.

Data Analytics page 


Professor David Allen

University of Leeds



Dr Nick Malleson

University of Leeds



Dr Carly Lightowlers

University of Leeds



Fiona McLaughlin

University of Leeds



Mohammed Almas

University of Leeds



People & Knowledge Exchange Platforms

This strand will provide significant staff mobility and interaction between police/partner agencies and academics (including early career researchers) in HEIs. The intention is to foster greater mutual understanding and trust between the partners via people exchange, including secondments, internships and placements and also to facilitate research into priority policing issues. A systematic and sustainable infrastructure with dedicated resources and services that support the regional knowledge exchange partnership will also be provided. Opportunities to dovetail with universities Impact Acceleration Accounts (ESRC and EPSRC) will be promoted where available.


Professor Nicole Westmarland

N8 PRP Deputy Director, Durham University



Dr Donna Marie Brown

Durham University



Research Co-production

The aim of this strand is to build excellent and sustainable research capacity and capability to tackle new and emerging fields of enquiry and policing challenges. It will embed innovation directly within the programme of research co-production and generate spin-off research grant applications and teams of research collaborators from across the partnership. It is also intended to support a cohort of new generation research studentships that benefit from experimental learning opportunities and close collaborations with policing partners.

See the latest announcements about our small grants funding and PhD studentships.


Dr Jill Clark

Newcastle University



International Programme

The aim of this strand is to develop and share our knowledge about how best to undertake collaborations between researchers and police on policing,  drawing from international experience, and to exploit the international impact of policing research.


Professor Joanna Shapland

University of Sheffield



Dr Layla Skinns

University of Sheffield



Dr Matthew Bacon

University of Sheffield



Training & Learning

The aim of this strand is to enhance research training and learning among police and partner organisations to secure research impact and maximise the practical benefits to policing innovation and the exploitation of data.


Professor Corinne May-Chahal

Lancaster University


Dr Jude Towers

Lancaster University



Dr Cheryl Simmill-Binning

Lancaster University



Evaluation and Monitoring

The role of this strand is to evaluate the impact, value and effectiveness of the different activity strands as they develop and to monitor the implementation and effectiveness of the plans and delivery structure.


Charlie Lloyd

University of York



Geoff Page

University of York