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I am a Reader in Criminology and Criminal Justice and have a diverse range of research and teaching interests.  I have been working in the field of criminal justice as a pracitoner and a researcher for over 15 years.  My main topics of interest are police and prisons with a speicif focus on organisational change.  I am also interested in inqualities enacteed through the way that crimianl jusitce is practised.  I have worked for the police service as an analyst and worked for charitiable organisations like the Children's society.  I have researched a rnage of vulnerable groups including young offenders and female offenders.  I have also completed research with agencies including Police Scotland, the Home Office and Scottish Priosn Service.  I teach in the areas of prisons and policing.  I am also as Associate Director for the Scottish Institute of Police Research and on the Steering Committe for the British Scoiety of Criminology's Women and Criminal Justice Network. 

Area of academic expertise - outline

My area of expertise is Criminology and Criminal Justice, more specicially I research in the field of Policing and Prisons.  I am interested particularly in the Professioanlisation agenda and organisational change within the Criminal Justice Field.  My PhD research examined the challenges of New Public Management for Policing.  I am interested how occupational cultures can impact upon change.  I am also interesed in the develpment of police knolwedge and learning and recently have worked with both the Scottish Prison Service and the Police on thier professionalisation agenda's.  I am also currently examining the applicaiton of evidence-based practice to policing.  More specically examining the use of Edcuation for Criminal Justice Professioanls.  I have also worked in other areas of policing and criminal justice including emergency service collaboration, the invetigations of child abuse cases and crime prevention.  I am also interested in females offenders and alternatives to custody and how these might better support womens needs. 

Current research activities

I am currently working on a number of projects, two examining the different ways in which we can assist females offenders in developing thier self-confidence and developing thier skills which may help lead to desistance.  I am currently developing a project on Police Professionalisation and conducting an evalution of Prevention First for Renfrewshire Council

Target collaborative organisations

Police Scotland

Norway Academcy of Police

Austrialian Institute of Police Management

External positions

Steering Committee BSC WWCJN, British Society of Criminology

8 Dec 2016 → …

Associate Director Education and Leadership Network, Scottish Institute for Policing Research

1 Oct 2016 → …

External Examiner , Canterbury Christ Church University

1 Sep 2016 → …

External Examiner , UHI

1 Sep 2016 → …

Grant Assessment Panel , Economic and Social Research Council

1 Jul 2013 → …


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Criminal Justice
  • Policing
  • Prisons
  • professional practice
  • Organisational Culture
  • HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
  • inequality
  • Structural

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Research Output 2011 2017

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Policing Child Abuse: Challenges and Opportunities for Specialist Units

Martin, D., Kelly, L., Jackson, S. & Byszko, S., 23 Feb 2017, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice. 3, 2

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Child Abuse

Introduction to Policing Research: Taking Lessons From Practice

Mark, B. (ed.), Tong, S. (ed.) & Martin, D. (ed.), 15 Jan 2016, 1 ed. Oxon: Routledge. 230 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

empirical research

Policing protest: public order policing

Martin, D. & Graham, W., Nov 2015, Introduction to Policing Research : Taking Lessons from Practice . Brunger, M., Tong, S. & Martin, D. (eds.). 1 ed. Oxon: Routledge, Vol. 1. p. 149-162 13 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Violence and the education system

Deuchar, R. & Martin, D., 2015, Oxford Textbook of Violence Prevention: Epidemiology, Evidence, and Policy. Donnelly, P. D. & Ward, C. L. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 117-122 (Oxford Textbooks in Public Health).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Lisa Borchardt

Person: Doctor of Philosophy

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