Christmas reading list 2019

Last year I posted my Christmas reading list and I thought it could be a nice tradition to do the same this year. I had a way more ambitious list back then, partly because I could take a longer holiday and also, there were not as many projects/grant applications that I had to work on. This year I have more modest goals, one series of papers and a book.

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‘Police in Schools’ preliminary findings

As I mentioned in an earlier post back in September, I am the lead researcher on the ‘Police in Schools’ project (also see my post from a couple of weeks back on the police training that I attended). The data collection is still ongoing, but I produced a short report summarising the preliminary findings of the research (using non-technical language) for the funders of the project.

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‘Police in the classroom’ training at Kent Police

I spent Thursday and Friday at Kent Police as an observer of the ‘Police in the classroom’ training. This training is primarily for PCSOs (Police Community Support Officers) or other police personnel who engage with schools (in some regions they could be school police officers). These trainings are funded by the PSHE Association and the NPCC, I have discussed the surrounding research project in more detail in another post. I have also added a couple of pictures about Kent Police to the post 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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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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Police diversity and #biasinbritain 1.

Thanks to the referral of Ben Bradford, I had the privilege to work with Vikram Dodd from The Guardian who asked me to have a look at some data on police diversity in Britain. Vikram’s excellent piece can be read here, and he mentioned me by name in the article. In this post, I will discuss the analysis I did and how it informed the Bias in Britain project.

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A 32-year old White Alabamian man* and the luxury of quantitative criminology

I have been conducting online experiments with MTurk and other similar online platforms for almost four years now. I usually leave a little feedback box at the end of each experiment, where participants can share their thoughts, make some comments, and potential complaints about the study. I have found this a very useful tool, especially during the piloting of the experiments, where many attentive respondents have pointed out several typos and other mistakes over the years. Continue reading “A 32-year old White Alabamian man* and the luxury of quantitative criminology”