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Better Policing, Safer Communities PhD Cluster

The Better Policing, Safer Communities PhD cluster consists of four fully-funded PhD projects that have been co-produced with Humberside Police to address four priorities for frontline policing: improving police response to domestic abuse, collaborating to tackle violence, prevention of child criminal exploitation, and investigating online sexual exploitation of children.

Professor Iain Brennan
Arts, Culture and Education
Professor Iain Brennan
Professor of Criminology

The Challenge

The Better Policing, Safer Communities PhD cluster brings together expertise from across the University to create a multidisciplinary PhD cluster. The aim of this cluster is to produce research that improves community safety through better policing and to produce researchers who will make a significant contribution to the future of policing and community safety through their research.

The Approach

Impact and collaboration are at the heart of these four projects. They are all designed to contribute impactful research that has immediate value to frontline policing. To facilitate this, the project researchers benefit from a novel, continuous co-production model of supervision that includes:

  1. Three supervisors: Two academics and a co-supervising senior officers from Humberside Police
  2. Twelve weeks of placement with Humberside Police
  3. Annual mini-conferences presenting to stakeholders
  4. Monthly supervisor meetings and quarterly cluster meetings
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OUR AIMS

  • To advance the multidisciplinary nature of policing research at University of Hull
  • To deliver research projects that address the challenges of contemporary policing
  • To develop researchers who apply cutting-edge ideas to the practicalities of contemporary policing

Projects

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  • Protecting children from organised crime gangs – Bethany Darby (Supervisors: Dr Simon Green; Dr Luke Cartwright)

  • Improving police response to domestic abuse - Leticia Couto (Supervisors: Dr Nicola O’Leary; Professor Iain Brennan)

  • Understanding the multi-agency sharing of information about violence – Roksana Malkowska-Michalak (Supervisors: Professor Iain Brennan; Professor Thomas Phillips)

  • Preventing online child sexual exploitation – Hannah Allison (Supervisors: Dr Dionysios Demetis; Professor Yasmin Merali)

Members


PHD Students

Hannah Allison

Preventing online child sexual exploitation

Dr Dionysios Demetis, Professor Yasmin Merali

Leticia Couto

Improving police response to domestic abuse’

Dr Nicola O’Leary, Professor Iain Brennan

Bethany Darby

Protecting children from organised crime gangs

Dr Simon Green, Dr Luke Cartwright

Roksana Malkowska-Michalak

Understanding the multi-agency sharing of information about violence

Professor Iain Brennan, Professor Thomas Phillips

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