MPhil, PhD Policing
The University has particular strengths in policing, criminal justice and criminology and has a vibrant research culture and engage with both national and international research projects. The policing team are celebrating 25 years of teaching and research in policing. The team include a variety of supervisors with professional and academic backgrounds and a wide range of specialist research. All policing research staff are members of the Canterbury Centre for Policing Research (CCPR) and committed to supporting and advancing policing research.
The School offer a PhD or PhD by Portfolio in policing and academics within the School are happy to discuss proposals with applicants before submission.
Enquiries should be directed to Professor Stephen Tong (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Available MPhil and PhD supervisors
Professor Robin Bryant:
- investigative reasoning and decision-making
- Digital crime
- Crime and intelligence analysis.
Dr Sofia Graca:
- Domestic violence
- Gender, migration and the justice system
- Socio-legal theories of the invocation of law
Dr Katja Hallenberg:
- Police and policing, particularly police training and education, police professionalisation, and organisational culture
- Sustainability and justice, including education for sustainable development within criminal justice context
- Qualitative methodology, particularly interviewing and narrative research
Dr Katarina Mozova:
- Vulnerability in the Criminal Justice System; including the treatment of victims, witnesses and defendants and public perceptions of the system
- Youth justice; including street gang membership, treatment of young people in the justice system and child sexual exploitation
- Professionalisation of policing; including police education and utilising science to improve police practice
Dr Martin O’Neill:
- The history of criminal investigation, criminal investigation processes, and investigative decision-making,
- The police response to sudden death, homicide investigation, and the police response to threats to life.
- The investigation of sexual offences and domestic abuse, and the police management of sexual offenders in the community
Dr Amanda Spalding
- Immigration Law
- Criminal Law
- Human Rights Law
- Gender and the Law
- Border Criminology
Dr Paul Stephens:
- Cybercrime investigation training and education
- Digital forensics and cybersecurity
- Digital Policing
Dr Paul Swallow:
- Interpol, Europol and International police and judicial cooperation
- Terrorism and political violence: policing and legislative responses
- Organised crime and criminal investigations: the role of the private security sector
Professor Stephen Tong:
- Policing and police reforms
- Criminal investigation
- Police training, education and professionalisation
- International Policing
Dr Emma Williams:
- Police education and professionalisation
- The investigation of rape
- Policing and public legitimacy and confidence
Dr Dominic Wood:
- Political dimensions of policing (particularly with relevance to police ethics)
- Police governance
- Police education and training.
How to apply
Applicants are strongly advised to explore the research interests of available supervisors and to contact the appropriate staff member before making a formal application.
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