Presentation at the Understanding Society’s Employment Workshop

As a continuation of our project on labour market non-compliance (see my previous post on our report), our research team successfully submitted an affiliated study application to the Understanding Society survey. This means that, subject to funding, we will be allowed to carry out a large-scale representative survey study on precarious workers in the UK with a respondent-driven sampling element as a methodological innovation. I had a chance to present our proposed research at the Understanding Society’s Employment Workshop. The full programme of the event and my presentation are available below.

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ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship

I was fortunate enough to be awarded a one-year ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship with the ‘industrial strategy steer’ award at the London School of Economics for my project titled ‘Using advanced data analytics to assess the spatial causal effects of policing policies and practices’ (I will start in this position on the 1st of October). My principal aim with this fellowship is to test and advance theoretical understanding of some core causal claims of the policing literature. Specifically, I will scrutinise neighbourhood-level and location-based police effects.

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Release of our final report on labour market non-compliance

Our final report on the advantages and disadvantages of various methodological approaches to examine and assess labour market non-compliance in the UK is available online from the following link (you can also download the pdf after the page break). It was an exciting opportunity to support this scoping project spearheaded by Ella Cockbain (UCL), and work together with Sam Scott (University of Gloucestershire) and Ben Bradford (UCL). We hope that we will have the chance to continue our work and would appreciate any feedback regarding the report.

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How People Judge Policing – Book review


We had the privilege to write a book review with Jon Jackson and Ben Bradford on Tank Waddington’s final book, co-authored with Kate Williams, Martin Wright, and Tim Newburn. There is no point for me to reiterate all the praise that we have given to this methodologically innovative and theoretically rich book (you can find our review here or on my open science account here). Let me say just this: if you are a policing scholar or practitioners interested in procedural justice or citizen perception of the police in general, you should get this book.

Presentation at Waseda University

I was honoured to be invited by Kohei Watanabe and Atsushi Tago to give a talk this Wednesday at Waseda University in Tokyo. Upon their request, I was discussing my paper, which is currently under the second round of peer review at the Journal of Quantitative Criminology, from a methodological perspective. Readers of this blog should be familiar with these techniques (for details see the following thread of posts), for which I have already made available the code and the data to encourage future replications. You can find my presentation below, after the page break.

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CONSIL workshop and ‘Experiments in VR’ presentation

Our ESRC project – From coercion to consent: social identity, legitimacy, and a process model of police procedural justice (CONSIL) – had its first workshop this Thursday, on 28th February. It was an excellent opportunity to discuss our research with team members from other universities and to get feedback from officers of various police forces. Jonathan Jackson and I also gave a presentation on the experimental branch of the project and virtual reality (VR) experimentation in particular.

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Testing Complex Social Theories – Replication materials

As reported on Twitter, my paper on causal mediation analysis with multiple mediators has been published online:

I have already discussed the theoretical background of multiple mediators in other posts (find them here, here, here, and here). Hence, and as promised, I will instead focus on the code that you need to replicate the results of the paper.

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Christmas reading list

As a Christmas tradition, I usually put together a short list of articles that are not directly relevant to my research but I still find intriguing. (Last year I did not do this because I was focussing on finishing my PhD instead.) Because a couple of people have asked me for this list, I decided to post them here (in alphabetic order).

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Police diversity and #biasinbritain 2.

As a followup to last week’s post, I will discuss how the emerging results of police diversity in the UK compare to trends in the US and why it is important to increase ethnic diversity in the police force.

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