star Research Students

The following Postgraduate Research Students have completed their doctorate during the REF census period. For a list of current students please view departmental pages. Where possible, we have linked to the full-text electronic version of the PhD theses. The other PhD theses are available on request by contacting

Name Project Title
MCCARTHY, Keith Richard Cameron Crime, Risk and Security in the Postal System - The Identification and Management of Risk and Security Concerns in the 'Horizontal Distribution Pipeline' of Royal Mail
SHAWYER, Andrea Mary Investigative Interviewing: Investigation, Counter Fraud and Deception
HALL, Nathan Richard John Policing Hate Crime in London and New York City
WINSTONE, Jane Margaret Reducing Youth Reoffending: Can a Multiple Service Model 'Work' in a Young Offenders Institution?
ZENGIN, Cevdet The Effectiveness of the In-Service Training Function in the Turkish National Police: A Baseline Assessment
BOWN, Kim Nicholas The safety and wellbeing of looked after young people: an analysis of looked after young people’s experiences and perceptions with implications for contemporary safeguarding policy and practice
JENKINS, Sion David Charles From victimisation to mobilisation: the dynamics of campaigning against miscarriage of justice
AL HASHEMI, Ahmed Examining the relationship between migration, labour and crime in UAE: the case of Dubai
CAIN, Debbie Gender within a specialist police department: an examination of the cultural dynamics of a firearms unit
CORCORAN, Donal P Responding to change? a cultural analysis of Garda perceptions of police reform agendas within in the Republic of Ireland
MOHAMED RAFEEK, Mohamed Mousoon Fiqh al-Aqlliyyat (Jurisprudence for Minorities) and the Problems of Contemporary Muslim Minorities of Britain from the Perspective of Islamic Jurisprudence
O'NEILL, Martin Patrick What makes a successful volume crime investigator?
OSBORN, Nicholas Kevin To what degree have the non-police public services adopted the National Intelligence Model? What benefits could the National Intelligence Model deliver?
WINGRAVE, James Reflection in policing: a study of how student constables in the Metropolitan Police conceptualise reflection (Doctor of Criminal Justice)
BAIN Andrew John Social intervention: supporting success, guiding desistance
BHAIRAM Robin “Clark Kent drives my bus” - a study of safety and risk in public spaces through the narratives of young people
GILMOUR Nicholas Essays on the econometric analysis of electronic banking in Greece
HARRIS Francis Holding Police Accountability Theory to Account
KLEIVEN Maren Eline From mission idealisn to operational realism: a study of Norwegian contribution to international police reform missions
MANTZIOS Michail The development of self-compassion and mindfulness as a possible intervention for weight loss
MESSENGER Ian An examination of the dynamics of multi-agency arrangements in different cultural and legal contexts: the case of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre and the International Child Protection Network
O'MAHONEY Brendan Michael Explore how intermediaries experience their role in facilitating communication for vulnerable defendants*****
PAMMENT Nicholas John Working it out: young offenders’ perceptions of community reparation
POYSER Samantha Watchdogs of the wrongly convicted: the role of the media in revealing miscarriages of justice
RICHMOND Jillian Time is on my side...or is it? do our subjective experiences of time perspective and representations of time influence emotions and goal achievement?
THWAITES Caroline Increasing the effectiveness and impact of Community Safety Partnerships in two London boroughs: Practitioners’ Perspectives
WAINWRIGHT Lucy Elizabeth Exploring resilience in children at risk of offending

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star Research Collaborations

The University of Portsmouth has an international reputation for multi-disciplinary research on crime, law enforcement and social and criminal justice, much of which is policy-oriented with high external impact. The University’s aim is to develop that standing further and build on the strong basis of collaboration with other academic and practitioner partners, and staff are engaged in a range of collaborations with other institutions, in the UK and overseas.

Within the Policing, Crime and Investigation Cluster, collaborations include: Milne with Griffith University, Australia, on research on the cognitive interview; Savage with colleagues from the Universities of Lille and Versailles on research into comparative police performance management; Smith with the Saxony University of Police Science, Germany, and National Crime Office, Saxony Police, on joint research on new forensic technologies. Within the Risk, Security and Counter Fraud Cluster, collaborations include: Wang with the University of Swansea on research into cyber communities; Wakefield and the University of Ghent, Belgium on research into private security. Within the Youth, Crime and Social Justice Cluster, collaborations include: Ellis and the University of Swansea on research on anti-social behaviour, with the University of Kyoto, Japan on research on penal populism, and with Kyonggi University, South Korea on research on comparative policing and probation; Finn has collaborated with the University of Melbourne, Australia on research into labour markets; Hayden has been part of the federation of researchers that make up the International Observatory of Violence in School since its inception in 1998. Hayden was also a core member of the ESRC funded research seminar series Restorative Justice in Schools (2009-2011) and has been the UK researcher of two European funded networks: Safer Schools Partnership development (2008-2009) and Violence and Delinquency in Schools (2009); Pycroft has collaborated with the Universities of Swansea, Northern Iowa, George Mason (Virginia), Monash (Australia), St Francis Xavier (Nova Scotia), Calgary, and North Carolina in developing a research around the application of complexity theory to criminal justice and social work.

Institute of Criminal Justice Studies hosts a number of international and national conferences and workshops. Notable examples include the 2012 British Society of Criminology Conference, addressing the multi-disciplinary nature of criminological research and the multi-agency context for criminal justice and crime reduction. Criminology and Social and Criminal Justice co-hosts an Annual Conference on Counter-Fraud and Forensic Accounting with the Portsmouth’s Business School. The Centre for Counter Fraud Studies was launched in 2009 with a one-day conference held at the House of Commons and chaired by Bruce George, MP. In 2013 the Centre for the Study of Missing Persons hosted a three-day International Conference of Missing Children and Adults. In 2013 it also hosted an International Stop and Search Seminar.

Staff in the Criminology and Social and Criminal Justice groups belong to discipline-based bodies or policy/practitioner networks, providing an opportunity to both showcase the staff’s research expertise and to enable staff to keep as close as possible to new and emerging policy and research agendas: Button was a member of the Security Institute Board of Directors (2008-10) and is a member of the Academic Group of National Fraud Authority; Button was also Expert Advisor for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Intergovernmental Expert Group on Civilian Private Security Services July-Oct 2011; Finn is Associate Director of the Centre for Economic and Social Exclusion; Grieve was one of four Commissioners of the Independent Monitoring Commission for aspects of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland until 2011, and is Independent Chair of the Home Office/Ministry of Justice Independent Advisory group on Hate Crime; Hayden is a member of the International Observatory on Violence in Schools and was a Core Member of the ESRC Seminar Series on Restorative Justice and Schools (2009-11); James is a member of the Association of Chief Police Officers Working Group on the National Intelligence Model; Loveday has played a major governmental advisory role on the introduction of police and crime commissioners; Nash advises the Office for Criminal Justice Reform on high risk offenders, and sits on the Houses of Parliament scrutiny committee on MAPPA; Pakes is a member of the Professorial Penal Catholic University, Louvain, Belgium and of the Expert Reference Group for the Offender Health Collaborative, Dept of Health; Shalev-Greene is a member of the Association of Chief Police Officers Strategic Oversight Group on Missing People; Wakefield is a board member of the Security Institute and a member of the Security Industry Authority Research Forum and the Transnational Private Security Research Network; Williams is Treasurer of the British Society of Criminology.

University staff are on editorial boards for a range of journals: Savage is Co-Editor of the International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice; Ellis is Editor of the Internet Journal of Criminology and Assistant Editor of the Police Journal; Button is on the Editorial Advisory Boards of the Security Journal, the International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice and the Asia Pacific Journal of Law, Crime and Justice; Carney is on the Editorial Board of the British Journal of American Legal Studies; Hayden is on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Violence and Schools and Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties; Nee is Associate Editor of Legal and Criminological Psychology; Wakefield is on the Editorial Board of the Security Journal; Grieve and Savage are on the Editorial Board of Policing: a Journal of Policy and Practice, Tunley is on the Editorial Board of the Internet Journal of Criminology.

Staff in the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies regularly review articles for journals, including: the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology (Button); the British Journal of Community Justice (Nash); the British Journal of Psychology (Milne); the British Journal of Social Work (Nash, Pycroft); the British Journal of Sociology (Charman); Comparative Criminology (Pycroft); Child and Family Law Quarterly (Newnham); Child and Family Social Work (Hayden); Crime Prevention and Community Safety (Ellis, Brooks, Button); Criminology and Criminal Justice (Savage); Criminology, Psychology and Law (Nee); the journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology (Pakes); the International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice (Nash, Pakes, Wakefield); the International Journal of Offender Therapy (Pycroft); Law, and Criminal Psychology (Nee); the Journal of Physical Security (Wakefield); the Journal of Police Practice and Research (Pakes); Policing and Society (Button, Milne, Pakes, Savage, Wakefield); Psychological Science (Nee); Public Administration (Wakefield); Punishment and Society (Ellis); Regulation and Governance (Savage) and Theoretical Criminology (Button).

Staff have been invited as plenary or guest speakers at a range of national and international events, including: Button was keynote speaker to United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Intergovernmental Expert Group on Civilian Private Security Services Vienna (October 2011), to the European Healthcare Fraud and Corruption Network Annual Conference, Brussels, Belgium (Sept 2010), and at Kyonggi University and Yong In University, South Korea (June 2011), he has also given various keynote addresses to the Midlands Fraud Forum, Cabinet Office and Institute of Internal Auditor conferences. Carney gave an invited lecture on Leveson to the Foundation for Law, Justice and Society, Oxford University (2013) and to the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (2013) and was invited to speak at Shandong University, China (2013); Ellis chaired the Symposium on Penal Populism in South East Asia and Australasia (Kyoto, Japan, 2009) and was invited speaker at the first Norwegian Symposium on Capital Punishment (Oslo, 2010); Grieve was invited speaker at the ACPO Professional Ethics Conference (London, 2013); Hayden has been an invited as plenary speaker to the Crime, Anti-Social Behaviour and Schools Conference (Oxford University, 2010) and the Gangs and Weapons in Schools Conference (Anglia Ruskin University, 2008), and as seminar speaker to ESRC Seminar series, Restorative Approaches in Schools and Residential Care (Nottingham, 2010) and Secondary School Pupil’s Perceptions of Safety, Gang Activity and Weapons Carrying (University of Brighton, 2008); Milne was keynote speaker to the conference on ‘650 years of Justices of the Peace’ (Birmingham, 2011) and speaker for the UN Lebanon Tribunal on witness interviewing (September 2009); Newnham gave the keynote speech to the Future of Family Justice conference for the Westminster Legal Policy Forum (September 2012). Pakes was invited speaker at the University of Leiden (October 2012); Savage was invited to speak on his research by the Centre de Recherche Sociologique sur le Droit et les Institutions Penales (CESDIP), University of Versailles (October 2011); Wakefield was invited speaker to the Women in Security Annual Lecture Series, Canadian Security Partners Forum, Ottawa (February 2013).

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