UCL Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science

Prof Herve Borrion

Prof Herve Borrion

Professor of Crime Science

Dept of Security and Crime Science

Faculty of Engineering Science

Joined UCL
1st Jul 2004

Research summary

Main research projects

  • Crime during the COVID pandemic (on-going), with gov. department and police forces in ten countries.
  • EPSRC ACCEPT - on human factors in cybercrime (Co-I, on going)
  • EU-FP7 PRIME - on Lone Actor extremism
  • EU-FP7 RIBS - on Resilient Infrastructure and Building Security (PI)
  • EU-FP7 BASYLIS - on Infrastructure Security

Consultancy projects

    • The True Scale of Environmental Crime in England & Wales (Environment Agency)
    • Theft of Heritage Property (Historic England)
    • Resilience of International Students to Sex Crime (HEFCE)

    Teaching summary


    -Risk and Contingency Planning

    -Simulation for Research

    Previously a convenor for the following courses:

    -Systems and Problem Solving; Project in Security and Crime Prevention; Doing Research in Security Science; Doing and Designing Research in Security Science; Ethics, Security and Research; Defence Systems; Resilience; MRes Research Project


    University College London
    Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2006
    To be updated
    Other higher degree, Master of Science | 2002


    Prof. Borrion is a crime scientist interested in crime prevention. His work involves analysing crime and security events using crime scripting, virtual reality experiments, agent-based modelling and simulation. His two main research goals are:

    (1) Harnessing the potential of crime intelligence analysis techniques and digital technology to support police work.

    (2) Better understanding how the design of smart physical and cyber infrastructures can reduce crime risks.

    He was the main academic advisor on the MoRiLe project (development of a risk model for 80+ law enforcement agencies).

    He pursued his postgraduate education at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Aéronautique et de l’Espace (Masters) and at University College London (PhD). He developed a strong interest in sensor-based applications at the Commissariat à l’Énergie Atomique (Paris), Los Alamos National Laboratory (US), UCT-CSIR (Cape Town) and Tsinghua University (Beijing).

    He is committed to the promotion and enhancement of teaching and learning practices in our field:

    • Prof Borrion is currently the Deputy Head of Department of the UCL Department of Security and Crime Science. 
    • He has served as Director of Studies between 2017 and 2020, and developed and directed four pioneering programmes (BSc, MSc, MRes, PhD) in our field. He wrote various publications on the interdisciplinary dimension of crime science, and how this should be acknowledged in our teaching practice.  
    • He was the PI of a HEFCE-funded project that promoted the recording of data on sexual assaults at university, and contributed to UCL's pioneering university policy on sexual misconduct.
    • He contributed his expertise in education as part of strategic committees (incl. EU Centre for National Infrastructure Protection, UK Council for Graduate Education, London Technology Board, External Reviewer or the Open University).