Our research

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Research with added value

A large part of our work will be the facilitation and delivery of research, both, for and with those working in policing and related agencies. Our approach to research is based on four key principles:

Practitioner-academic partnership

Wherever possible we will facilitate research that is very much a collaborative partnership between academics and practitioners and work within frameworks that allow for the co-production of knowledge where practitioners are directly involved in research inquiries at every stage of the process.

Trans-disciplinary perspectives

The types of research questions that we address are complex and multi-faceted and as such often benefit from the perspectives of different disciplines. Consequently, one of the main roles of PIER will be to harness and coordinate the existing research strengths of our faculties to offer truly trans-disciplinary approaches to police and crime issues.

Inter-agency solutions

Many crime and public safety challenges can only be met by close joint working between the police and other public sector agencies. Therefore, we endeavour to explore collaborated, interagency solutions, for example working with social care or the health service to address underlying issues, rather than simply finding policing solutions to the symptoms of deeper underlying problems.

Impact maximization

We are committed to maximising the potential impact of our research activities for the police service and the public they serve. To do this we will endeavour to ask the ‘right’ questions; employ appropriate research designs and analyses to answer them, and disseminate findings in a timely, widely accessible and innovative manner in order to maximize policy and operational impact

Current research projects: