Dr Julian Constable

Course Leader, Public Service

Senior Lecturer, Public Service, Policing and Criminology

Policing Institute for the Eastern Region (PIER)

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences

Department:Department of Humanities and Social Sciences

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Public service , Initial police training

Courses taught: Criminology and Sociology, Public Service (Top-Up)

Julian’s research interests are in initial police training and the development of police occupational culture. His teaching interests are also in these area but also the wider political and policy related developments in uniformed and emergency public services.



Julian Constable is Senior Lecturer in Public Services and started his occupational life in the Police Service. He completed his undergraduate degree at Anglia Ruskin in 1985 and went on to study for an MA immediately after that focusing on masculinity and psychoanalysis. He had a period with the Science and Technology Studies Unit under Professor Andrew Webster carrying out many interviews for an ESRC project looking at links between universities and higher education. He then taught for many years at Cambridge Regional College working with mature students returning to education. He also had a period training teachers in further and higher education at University Campus Suffolk. He started teaching at Anglia Ruskin University in 2008, where he also completed his PhD in 2017.

Research interests

After starting work at Anglia Ruskin University he has been focusing on initial police training for his MPhil/PhD. This fits with prior interests in teaching and learning in the post-compulsory sector of education. His PhD is part evaluation, part sociological research on the Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP). He is interested in the teaching and learning strategies and methods used in initial training and in how occupational culture develops over the initial training period.


Current modules taught:

  • Understanding Public Services
  • Working in Public Services
  • Policing and Crime Control
  • Resilience and Emergency Management
  • Politics and Public Services
  • Public Services Policy


  • BA (Hons) Sociology and History, Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology
  • PGCE, University of Huddersfield
  • MA Sociology, University of Essex
  • PhD, Anglia Ruskin University

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

Project Lead, Commissioned research on barriers to recruit of BAME police officers to Essex Police, April 2017 – April 2018, £10,000

Selected recent publications

Constable, J., 2018. (Forthcoming). The one that got away: A case study of resignation from initial police training. International Journal of Emergency Services.

Constable, J. 2017. Continuity and change: a case study of police initial training. PhD Anglia Ruskin University.

Constable, J and Smith, J., 2015. Police Occupational Culture and Initial Police Training. In: Management Guide to Emergency Police Services. New York: Springer

Webster, A. and Constable, J., 1990. Strategic Research Alliances and Hybrid Coalitions. Industry and Higher Education, 4, pp.225-230.

Recent presentations and conferences

Conference papers

Constable, J., 2015. Continuity and change in initial police training. British Society of Criminology Conference.

Constable, J., 2011. Continuity and change in initial police training. In: Higher Education Forum for Learning and Development in Policing. Police Learning: Professionalisation and Partnerships.