Challenges of Effecting Change in Policing Through Research: Evidence from Programmes of Research Co-production and Participatory Action Research in the UK

The Sydney Institute of Criminology presents the first lecture in our 2018 seminar series. Join us as Professor Adam Crawford reflects on the social impacts of research on policing.

About the Event

This presentation will assess and explore some of the challenges in fostering organisational change in policing through research knowledge and evidence. In so doing it will engage with debates about Evidence-Based Policing, its claims and implications. To illustrate the arguments, it will draw on two programmes of research and knowledge exchange in the UK. The first is the N8 Policing Research Partnership, a long-term collaboration of the eight research intensive universities in the North of England and 11 police forces and Police and Crime Commissioners as well as other policing partners that Professor Crawford has been leading. The second is a recently completed participatory action research project for the Police Knowledge Fund  (College of Policing) that explored and developed the use of restorative justice in policing.

The presentation will examine and analyse the attributes and challenges of knowledge co-production in the context of policing. In so doing, it argues for a transformation in both the way academic researchers engage with policing partners and the place and value of knowledge, data and evidence within policing

About the Speaker

Adam Crawford is Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice in the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Leeds where he is the Director of the Leeds Social Sciences Institute. For nearly 30 years, his research has focused on policing, urban security, community safety partnerships, the regulation of public space, restorative justice and victims of crime. He is Director of the N8 Policing Research Partnership; a collaboration between universities and policing partners in the north of England. The N8 PRP is seeking to transform the ways in which research knowledge is produced and evidence is utilised and mobilised by policing practitioners. Together with Professor Joanna Shapland (University of Sheffield), he has just completed a project exploring the use of restorative justice in policing in three English forces (funded by the College of Policing’s Police Knowledge Fund). He is also working with colleagues on a recently completed AHRC project entitled: ‘The future prospects of urban parks’ and was the principal investigator on an ESRC research seminar series exploring the subject of ‘Markets in Policing’ (2015-17).

The event will be chaired by Dr Garner Clancey of the Sydney Institute of Criminology

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