I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement. I am also a Visiting Research Fellow for the Policy Evaluation and Research Unit at Manchester Metropolitan University.
My research focuses on the spatial and temporal patterning of crime and police demand. I am also interested in data visualisation, mapping and promoting the use of open software in social science.
This website provides an overview of my ongoing work, but for a complete summary please check my CV.
PhD in Criminology, 2020
Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
MSc in Sociology and Social Research, 2016
Utrecht University, the Netherlands
BSc in Social Policy with Government, 2012
London School of Economics, UK
In recent years, a consensus has begun to emerge over the suitability of street segments for visualising and analysing the geographic patterning of crime. A number of studies have argued / demonstrated that these so-called ‘micro’ places are not only theoretically meaningful behavioural spaces, but that most action occurs among street segments.
Over the past few weeks I have spent a bit of time exploring police recorded crime trends before and after the UK-wide lockdown. There has been talk of lockdowns representing the largest criminological experiment in history.
Understanding what has happened to crime during lockdown is challenging. We are in uncharted territory and it’s proving hard to draw definitive conclusions from the latest police recorded crime data.
From reporting election results to issuing weather forecasts, maps offer a powerful, accessible and visually appealing way to convey complex information. Yet even the most beautiful maps can introduce some degree of misrepresentation.
On a day-to-day basis, the exposure citizens have to the police is often fleeting, with officers passing by in a blur as they respond to emergency calls. Official crime figures can be disputed, but the long-term trend appears to be that levels of crime in England and Wales are heading downward.