School of Law

Police-University Research Collaborations: making evidenced-based policing a reality

29 September 2015 | 09:45h - 16:00h | Conference
Learning and Development Centre, Wakefield

Key stakeholders from policy, practice and research will discuss how strategic collaborations between policing partners and universities can facilitate the use of research evidence to the benefit of policing nationally.

The conference has two key purposes. First, it will showcase the collaborative work being conducted by the University of Leeds, West Yorkshire Police and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire with the support from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Second, the conference will discuss how closer collaborative relationships between police and universities might be developed in the future.

The conference will focus in particular upon the four central themes to the ERSC pilot project, namely: acquisitive crime of burglary and shoplifting, public order, community engagement and policing partnerships. A panel will discuss some of the key issues, and respond to questions from the audience.

The conference will provide delegates with an understanding of ...

  • how police-university collaboration, has impacted on, and added value to, research and practice focused on contemporary policing challenges
  • new ways in which research evidence can be used to address policing problems
  • how the Knowledge Exchange pilot project might inform future strategic collaborations
  • and the future for police-university collaboration to facilitate research informed policing practice.

A review of the conference is also available on the PolicingInsight website, written by PhD student Sean Butcher


  • Mark Burns-Williamson (Police and Crimes Commissioner for West Yorkshire)
  • Professor Betsy Stanko (Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime)
  • Professor Gloria Laycock (What Works Centre for Crime Reduction)


‘Creative Disruptions’ - Cultural and organisational change through police-university collaborations
Professor Adam Crawford, University of Leeds

‘What Works’: Evidence Based Approaches - The work of the Commissioned Partnership Programme
Professor Gloria Laycock, UCL Jill Dando Professor of Crime Science

Hub 1: Community Engagement
Stuart Lister, University of Leeds and Paul Money, West Yorkshire Police

Hub 2: Understanding Acquisitive Crime through Collaborative Spatial Analysis of Burglary and Shoplifting
Dr Nick Malleson, School of Geography, University of Leeds

Evidence Matters
Dr Nicky Miller, Research Evidence Partnerships Manager, Knowledge, Research and Practice Unit, College of Policing

Public Order & Public Safety Policing
Dr Clifford Stott, University of Leeds
Supt. Owen West, Insp. Richard Cawkwell; Chief Insp. Derek Hughes and Supt. Dave Lunn, West Yorkshire Police.

Book a place

Full details of the event including a programme for the day can be found at Eventbrite.

Tickets for this event are strictly limited so please register with the events team if you would like to attend.

If you would like to speak to a member of the events team, please contact Lauren Gale at or by telephone on 0113 343 7041.

Location Details

Learning and Development Centre
Bishopgarth House
Carr Gate
Bradford Road

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