UoA 40: Social Work and Social Policy and Administration

The UCL Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science (JDI) is the first in the world devoted specifically to reducing crime. The Institute brings together scientists, designers and practitioners to examine patterns in crime, and find practical ways to disrupt them. The JDI’s broad aims are: To change the way in which crime and its control are thought about; to apply scientific techniques to crime prevention/detection; and to improve quality of life through research, teaching and influencing public policy.

The JDI was founded in 2001, following the donation of £1million to UCL by the Jill Dando Trustees, and is part of the Faculty of Engineering Sciences. It became a department in its own right in March 2006. Professors Pease (O.B.E.) and Clarke were instrumental in JDI’s foundation.

JDI currently has a Director (Laycock), two Readers (Bowers and Johnson), two lecturers (including Morgan), a director of GIS (Chainey), two Senior Research Fellows (Townsley and Erol), six Research Assistants, two Category C visiting professors (Clarke and Pease), three further visiting professors and five PhD students.

The JDI is organised into three centres of excellence – the National Crime Mapping Centre, the Designing Out Crime Group and the Crime Policy and Evaluation Group. Staff work within and across these groups and across UCL and the wider research community. Active international collaborations are also ongoing with institutions such as Rutgers (US), Temple (US) and Griffith (AUS) Universities.

The vast majority of JDI’s research involves end users directly – generally the police, crime analysts, other crime prevention practitioners and government departments.  Some examples of their involvement include providing data, developing research methods and participating in advisory panels.

Since 2001, staff have been awarded over £3 million in external research/consultancy funding. This is an average research income of approximately £401K per head. Around £2.5 million of this was awarded by UK government departments and agencies (including the Home Office, the Department for Transport, DEFRA, DTI and DVLA) and local government bodies, reflecting our interest in policy development. Further funding has been received from the EU (£70K), UK industry (£56.6K) and UK charities (£101K). Research council (EPSRC, AHRC, ESRC and British Academy) awards total £370K. Research council funding has been particularly significant in recent years (2004 onwards).

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