Julian Constable

Course Leader and Senior Lecturer, Public Service

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences

Department:Department of Humanities and Social Sciences

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Public service

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

Julian is Senior Lecturer with the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, teaching on a number of degree courses including Public Service, and Sociology and Criminology.

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Julian 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.

Research interests

Since joining Anglia Ruskin, Julian 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 research is part evaluation, part sociological research on the Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP). He's interested in the teaching and learning strategies and methods used by students and trainers/teachers in the police service. The research also concentrates on how it is possible to understand better the kind of police officer that emerges from initial training.

Areas of research supervision

  • Policing
  • Public services


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

Memberships, editorial boards

  • British Society of Criminology
  • Higher Education Forum for Learning and Development in Policing

Selected recent publications

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

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

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