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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...

Professor Kate Bowers


Address: UCL Department of Security and Crime Science, 35 Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9EZ
Phone No: +44(0)20 3108 3032
Fax No: +44(0)20 3108 3088
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Kate Bowers

Dr Kate Bowers, is a Professor in Crime Science at the UCL Department of Security and Crime Science. Kate has worked in the field of crime science for almost 20 years, with research interests focusing on the use of quantitative methods in crime analysis and crime prevention. She has published 70 papers and book chapters in criminology and in journals such as Criminology, the Journal of Quantitative Criminology and the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency. She has guest edited a special issue of Crime Prevention Studies and co-edited a book on Crime Mapping. She serves on a number of journal editorial boards, and she has number of external appointments such as academic expert for the Crime and Policing Group in the Home Office and expert reviewer for a project run by the US Office of the Assistant Attorney General.   Her work has been funded by grants from the Home Office, the US Department of Justice the Police, the Department for Education and Skills, and UK research councils such as the ESRC and AHRC. She is Co-Investigator on a recently awarded EPSRC grant for £1.4m on Crime Policing and Citizenship.

Education and Qualifications

1996- 1999    Ph.D in Criminology, Department of Civic Design, University of Liverpool.
(Thesis title: Crime Against Non-Residential Properties: Patterns of Victimisation, Impact upon Urban Areas and Crime Prevention Strategies)

1993-1994    MA in Psychology, University of Liverpool. (Final mark awarded: 69%)

1990-1993    Bsc (Hons) in Natural Science, University of Durham (Psychology, Philosophy and Mathematics. Class 2 Division i)  

Selected recent peer-reviewed publications

Bowers, K. J., Johnson, S. D., Guerette, R., Summers, L., Poynton, S. (2011). Do geographically focussed police initiatives displace crime or diffuse benefits? A systematic review. Journal of Experimental Criminology 7(4), 347-374

Bowers, K. J., Johnson, S. D., Guerette, R., Summers, L., Poynton, S. (2011). Spatial displacement and diffusion of benefits among geographically focused policing initiatives. 2011:3 

Mitchener-Nissen, T., Bowers, K. J., Chetty, K. (2011). Public attitudes to airport security: the case of whole body scanners. Security Journal 25(3), 229–243

Sidebottom, A., Belur, J., Bowers, K., Tompson, L., Johnson, S. (2011). Theft in price-volatile markets: on the relationship between copper price and copper theft. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency 48(3), 396-418 

Bowers, K. J., Pease, K. (2010). Research Note: Licence recalls and returns to custody in England and Wales. Crime Prevention and Community Safety 12(3), 194-201

Johnson, S. D., Bowers, K. J. (2010). Permeability and crime risk: Are cul-de-sacs safer? Journal of Quantitative Criminology 26(1), 89-111

Johnson, S., Bowers, K., Gamman, L., Mamerow, L., Warne, A. (2010). Theft of customers' personal property in cafes and bars. Washington: US Department of Justice.

Guerette, R. T. and Bowers, K. (2009) Assessing the extent of crime displacement and diffusion of benefit: A systematic review of situational crime prevention evaluations. Criminology 47(4) 1331-1368

Sidebottom, A. and Bowers, K.J. (2009) Bag theft in bars: An analysis of relative risk, perceived risk and modus operandi. Security Journal: advanced online publication: doi: 10.1057/sj.2008.17

Bowers, K.J., Sidebottom, A. and Ekblom, P. (2009) CRITIC: A Prospective Planning Tool for Crime Prevention Evaluation Designs. Crime Prevention and Community Safety 11 48-70

Johnson, S.D., Bowers, K.J., and Lab, S. (2008).  The Stability of Crime Hotspots: Demonstration and Diagnosis.  Built Environment, 34(1), 32-46

Bowers, K.J., Lab, S., and Johnson, S.D. (2008). Evaluating Crime Prevention Using Survival Analysis.  Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, 2(2), 218-225

Johnson, S.D., Bernasco, W., Bowers, K.J., Elffers, H., Ratcliffe, J., Rengert, G., and Townsley, M.T. (2007).  Near Repeats: A Cross National Assessment of Residential Burglary.  Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 23(3), 201-219.

Johnson, S.D., Birks, D., McLaughlin, L., Bowers, K.J. and Pease, K. (2007) Prospective Crime Mapping in Operational Context: Final Report. Home Office On-line Report 19/07, London: Home Office.

Newton, A. and Bowers, K. (2007) The Geography of Bus Shelter Damage: The Influence of Crime, Neighbourhood Characteristics and Land-Use. Internet Journal of Criminology.

Smith, C., Bowers, K.J., and Johnson, S.D. (2006). Understanding Theft within Licensed Premises: Identifying Initial Steps Towards Prevention.  Security Journal, 19(1), 1-19.

Bowers, K.J., Johnson, S.D., & Hirschfield, A.F.G. (2004). Closing off Opportunities for Crime: An Evaluation of Alleygating.  European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research 10(4), 283-308

Bowers, K.J., Johnson, S. and Pease, K. (2004) Prospective Hotspotting: The Future of Crime Mapping?  British Journal of Criminology 44 (5), 641-658.

Johnson, S.D., Bowers, K.J., Jordan, P., Mallender, J., Davidson, N., & Hirschfield, A.F.G. (2004). Estimating crime reduction outcomes: How many crimes were prevented? Evaluation, The International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice 10(3), 327-348.

Newton, A., Johnson, S.D., and Bowers, K. (2004) On the Buses, an Evaluation of Safer Travel Initiative. Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management 27(3), 302-319

Bowers, K.J., Johnson, S.D. & Hirschfield, A. (2004). The measurement of crime prevention intensity and its impact on levels of crime. British Journal of Criminology, 44(3), 1-22.

Hirschfield, A.,  Bowers, K. & Johnson, S.  (2004). Inter-relationships between Perceptions of Safety, Anti-social Behaviour and Security Measures in Disadvantaged Areas. Security Journal, 17(1), 9-19

Johnson, S.D., & Bowers, K.J. (2004) The burglary as a clue to the future: the beginnings of prospective hot-spotting, The European Journal of Criminology, 1(2), 237-255

Johnson, S.D., & Bowers, K.J. (2004). The stability of space-time clusters of burglary. British Journal of Criminology, 44(1), 55-65

Recent Funded Research Activity

January 2011 for 42 months EPSRC: (with Tao Cheng, Prof Shaw-Taylor and Prof Longley) Crime, Policing and Citizenship (CPC) - Space-Time Interactions of Dynamic Networks. Total funding: approx £1.4 million. As Co-Investigator, the department will receive £39,102 for my contribution and I will act as the primary supervisor for one post-doc position.

July 2011 Community Oriented Policing Services US Department of Justice: Problem solving tool guide on Hot Products. Total grant $9,000. Principal Investigator.

Nov 2009 National Policing Improvement Agency: Campbell collaboration systematic review on spatial displacement among geographically focused policing initiatives. Total funding $47,363. Principal Investigator.

Nov 2006- Nov 2009 Arts and Humanities Research Council (with Prof Paul Ekblom (Central St Martins) and Dr Lorraine Gamman (at Central St Martins): Turning the tables on crime: Boosting evidence of impact of Design Against Crime and the strategic capacity to deliver practical design solutions. Total funding £451,502 (£149,138 at UCL for which I am responsible). Principal Investigator at UCL and supervisor.

October 2004 Home Office/ GOEM: Mapping the Future: A Field Test of Prospective Hotspotting. Total funding £97,560. Named grant holder and supervisor

April 2004 Central Saint Martins College/ Metropolitan Police:  Evaluation of the Anti-Theft Chair. Total funding £13,500. Principal Investigator and supervisor.

Jan 2004 British Academy International Activities Network grant: Predicting patterns of Criminal Activity. Total funding £27,500 (£13,500 from the British Academy and the remainder levered in from the project partners the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR) and Temple University).  Named grant holder.

March 2003 Children and Young People’s Unit: National Evaluation of On Track Phase 2 (community profiling strand). In association with the National Centre for Social Research, Matrix MHA consultants and the Policy Research Bureau. Total funding £196,919. Principal Investigator

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