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Department of Security and Crime Science

Paul Ekblom

Professor Paul Ekblom

Address: Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design Southampton Row London WC1B 4AP
Phone No: +44 (0)20 7514 8351
Fax No: +44 (0)20 7514 7050
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BSc (Hons), PhD in psychology, UCL

Paul Ekblom read psychology and gained his PhD at University College London. As a researcher in the UK Home Office for many years, Paul initially worked on crime prevention projects including police truancy patrols, shoplifting, drink and disorder, and crime on the London Underground. He then orchestrated the industrial-scale evaluation of the Safer Cities Programme, focusing on the impact of residential burglary projects. His final Home Office responsibilities focused on horizon-scanning; advising on Design against Crime (including on Safer Places, the government guide to crime prevention and the planning system) and developing the professional discipline and knowledge management of crime prevention.

Paul has worked internationally with EU Crime Prevention Network, Europol, UN and Council of Europe and is a member of academic networks including the EPSRC-funded SERVE and International Crime Science Network. He is currently Professor and Co-Director of the University of the Arts London Research Centre on Design Against Crime, based at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Here, he works on design and evaluation of products, places, systems and communications. In parallel with the design work Paul continues to develop frameworks for general crime prevention, community safety and problem-oriented policing such as the Conjunction of Criminal Opportunity, 5Is and the Misdeeds and Security framework (at click on crimeframeworks)

Research Interests
Designing products, places and systems against crime, disorder, drug abuse and terrorism
Situational crime prevention
Conceptual frameworks for integrating crime science
Managing crime prevention knowledge and improving practice
Evaluation methods
Evolution, complexity and design
Crime futures

Selected Research Projects:
Principal Investigator, AHRC-funded project ‘Turning the Tables on Crime’ (2006-9), research, design, implementation and evaluation (with UCL Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science) of clips to reduce bag theft in bars.

Work Package director, EPSRC-funded Design for 21st century project ‘Bikeoff 2’, developing guidelines and standards for secure bike parking designs.

Unfunded project to update Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (2006-)

Book writing – setting out the 5Is framework for knowledge management in crime prevention (2007-8).

Selected Publications
Ekblom, P and Sidebottom, A. (2007) ‘What do you mean, ‘Is it secure?’ Redesigning language to be fit for the task of assessing the security of domestic and personal electronic goods.’ European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research.

Ekblom, P (2007) ‘Making Offenders Richer’ in G. Farrell, K. Bowers, S. Johnson and M. Townsley (Eds.), Imagination for Crime Prevention: Essays in Honour of Ken Pease. Crime Prevention Studies 21: Monsey, N.Y.: Criminal Justice Press/ Devon, UK: Willan Publishing.

Ekblom, P (2005) ‘The 5Is Framework: Sharing good practice in crime prevention.’ In E. Marks, A. Meyer and R Linssen (Eds.) Quality in Crime Prevention. Hannover: Landespräventionsrat Niedersachsen.

Roach, J, Ekblom, P and Flynn, R (2005) ‘The Conjunction of Terrorist Opportunity: A Framework for Diagnosing and Preventing Acts of Terrorism.’ Security Journal 18 (3):7-25.

Ekblom, P (2005) ‘Designing Products against Crime’ in N. Tilley (ed.), Handbook of Crime Prevention and Community Safety’. Cullompton: Willan

Ekblom, P (2005) ‘How to Police the Future: Scanning for Scientific and Technological Innovations which Generate Potential Threats and Opportunities in Crime, Policing and Crime Reduction’, in M. Smith and N. Tilley (eds.), Crime Science: New Approaches to Preventing and Detecting Crime. Cullompton: Willan.

Ekblom, P (2004) ‘Shared Responsibilities, Pooled Resources: a Partnership Approach to Crime Prevention’, In P. Ekblom and A Wyvekens A Partnership Approach to Crime Prevention. Strasbourg: Council of Europe Publishing.

Ekblom, P (2002) ‘From the Source to the Mainstream is Uphill: The Challenge of Transferring Knowledge of Crime Prevention Through Replication, Innovation and Anticipation.’ In: N. Tilley (ed.) Analysis for Crime Prevention, Crime Prevention Studies 13: 131-203. Monsey, N.Y.: Criminal Justice Press/ Devon, UK: Willan Publishing.

Ekblom, P (1999) ‘Can we Make Crime Prevention Adaptive by Learning from other Evolutionary Struggles?’, Studies on Crime and Crime Prevention, 8/1: 27-51.

Ekblom, P (1997) ‘Gearing up against Crime: a Dynamic Framework to Help Designers Keep up with the Adaptive Criminal in a Changing World’, International Journal of Risk, Security and Crime Prevention, 2/4: 249-265.

Ekblom, P, Law, H and Sutton, M (1996). Safer Cities and Domestic Burglary. Home Office Research Study 164. London: Home Office.

Ekblom, P and Pease, K (1995). ‘Evaluating Crime Prevention’, in M Tonry and D Farrington, Eds, Building a Safer Society: Strategic Approaches to Crime Prevention, Crime and Justice 19:585-662. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Selected Conference Presentations
‘Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design – Time for an upgrade?’ and ‘Designing Products Against Crime – A Think Thief perspective.’ 17th Annual Conference on Problem-Oriented Policing, Madison, Wisconsin, September 2006.

‘Identification and application of Best Practice in Crime Prevention - some fundamental questions and some attempted answers.’ European Crime Prevention Network (EUCPN) Best Practices Conference, Hämeenlinna, Finland, November 2006.

'Striking Sparks: Fresh and evolving ideas from the collision of Situational Crime Prevention and Design' and 'Managing the risks of evaluating crime prevention interventions using the 5Is framework'. International Environmental Criminology and Crime Analysis seminar, UCL, London, July 2007.

'Crime Reduction Through Surveillance and Design', International Crime Reduction Conference in Banff, Canada, organised by the Province of Alberta, October 2007.

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