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Understanding Theft of 'Hot Products'. Problem-Oriented Guides for Police, COPS, US Department of Justice

The Problem-Oriented Guides for Police summarize knowledge about how police can reduce the harm caused by specific crime and disorder problems. They are guides to preventing problems and improving overall incident response, not to investigating offenses or handling specific incidents. More...

Copper Cable Theft - Revisting the Price- Theft Hypothesis

To test the commonly espoused but little examined hypothesis that fluctuations in the price of metal are associated with changes in the volume of metal theft.

Consistency and specificity in burglars who commit prolific residential burglary: Testing the core assumptions underpinning behavioural crime linkage

Behavioural crime linkage is underpinned by two assumptions: (a) that offenders exhibit some degree of consistency in the way they commit offences (their modus operandi [MO]); and, (b) that offenders can be differentiated on the basis of their offence behaviour. The majority of existing studies sample at most three crimes from an offender's series of detected crimes and do not examine whether patterns differ across offenders. Here, we examine patterns observed across the entire detected series of each sampled offender, and assess how homogeneous patterns are across offenders. More...

Human trafficking for labour exploitation: Innovative approaches to prevention, prediction and protection

Dr Ella Cockbain has recently been awarded a prestigious Economic and Social Research Council Future Research Leaders Fellowship. The award is for a three-year study into trafficking for labour exploitation, under the mentorship of Professor Kate Bowers. The project is designed to improve understanding of and responses to labour trafficking, which is a recognised priority in the Home Office’s counter-organised crime strategy and research agendum. Key foci include assessing the scope, nature and impacts of labour trafficking and developing predictive models of risk, using empirically-substantiated individual- and area-level risk factors. A combination of qualitative and quantitative methods will support a nuanced, multi-faceted assessment of this complex issue. The study will include a three-month international placement at the Netherlands Centre for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement. The project has the support of the UK Human Trafficking Centre, the National Crime Agency and the Dutch National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings. More...

An exploratory study of the sexual exploitation of boys and young men in the UK

We are pleased to announce UCL’s participation in a Nuffield-funded study into the sexual exploitation of boys and young men. UCL is working with Barnardo’s and NatCen Social Research on this collaborative project, designed to find out more about the characteristics of male victims, their exploitation and support needs. This scoping study is the first of its kind in the UK to focus specifically on male victims. UCL researchers are conducting a large-scale analysis of over 9,000 suspected CSE cases (led by UCL’s principal investigator Dr Ella Cockbain) and an evidence assessment (led by Dr Helen Brayley). Our partners at NatCen (the consortium lead) are conducting in-depth interviews with professionals. We are working with young people and practitioners to receive feedback on our findings. The study is expected to inform responses to male victims, who have often been overlooked in research, policy and practice. More...

Staff Seminars

Short Courses
  • The aim of the seminars is to give staff and students more insight into the diverse research being conducted in teh department, and to provide a forum in which to share ideas, discuss research problems and learn new skills.
  • It is import that presenters keep their seminars as informal as possible to ensure they are interactive and will instigate discussion.  Suggestions for seminars include:

An update on the latest developments in a current research project.

A tutorial sharing some expertise or skill which can be used in other projects. e.g. a tutorial on data mining or using a new software package.

Explanation of a specific problem(s) encountered in a project to get ideas on how it/they can be tackled.

Journal paper assessment. e.g. Summarise a seminal or recent high impact publication from your field before opening up the forum for discussion.

  • Presentations should last no longer than 30 - 40 minutes (uniterrupted).  This will allow much of the seminar to focus on questions and discussion.
  • Seminars may be followed by a short (5 minute) tips and tricks session given by a member of the department.
  • Seminars will be given by: Crime Science PhD students, RA's, Lecturers and SECReT PhD students remaining in the department.
  • The seminars will be held at lunchtime on Tuesdays (unless re-scheduling is necessary) in the teaching room.
  • As it is an informal lunchtime seminar; sandwiches, drinks and crisps may be brought along (but please try and keep rustling noises to a minimum!).
  • Presenters should send an email reminder to the department a few days in advance of the seminar detailing its title, start time and location.
  • Presenters are responsible for emailing a copy of their presentation to Catherine Wheatcroft (
  • Please inform Kevin Chetty is you are unavailable on your seminar date, or have swapped with someone else.
Presenter Seminar Title
Date and Time
Shane Johnson
Beyond the journey to crime: connectivity, place and space
Tuesday 18 January 2011, 1pm
Ruth Morgan
Problems in Forensic Science
Tuesday 1 February 2011, 12.30pm
Paula Kautt
Multilevel modelling
Tuesday 8 February 2011, 12.30pm
Lisa Wainer
Predicting and identifying hot products stolen in property crime
Tuesday 22 February 2011, 12.30pm
Lucia Summers
The street network and serious violence
Tuesday 1 March 2011, 12.30pm
 Kacper Gradon
 Teaching Crime Science in Policant. CSI: Warsaw
 Tuesday 22 March 2001, 12.30pm
Herve Borrion
Resilience of infrastructure and building security
Tuesday 19 April 2011, 12.30pm
Rachel Briggs
 The geography of radicalisation (Outside speaker from the Institute of Strategic Dialogue)
Tuesday 26 April 2011, 12.30pm
Spencer Chainey
How long should police retain data
to be confirmed
Nick Tilley
Understanding the global crime drop
to be confirmed
Kevin Chetty
Crime, Science and Crime Science
to be confirmed
Noemie Bouhana
Radicalisation, de-radicalisation, counter-radicalisation: Evidence-base Vs Knowledge base
to be confirmed
Presenter Seminar Title
Date and Time
Justin Kurland
Football Disorder: What do we really know?
Friday 9 April 2010, 12.30pm
Sunniva Meyer
Secrecy versus openness: Protecting public sites against terrorism
Friday 7 May 2010, 12.30pm
Aiden Sidebottom
Malawi Debrief
Friday 21 May 2010, 12.30pm
Chen Peng
Modelling crime patterns in complex transportation networks
Friday 23 July 2010, 12.30pm
Lisa Tompson
Applying script analysis to illegal waste activity
Friday 13 August 2010, 12.30pm
Richard Wortley
Situational factors and the onset of child sex offending
Friday 3 September 2010, 12.30pm
Kate Bowers
A systematic review of the displacement literature
Friday 10 September 2010, 12.30pm
Jyoti Belur
Countering Naxal terrorism
Tuesday 7 December 2010, 12.30pm

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