UCL Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science

Prof Kate Bowers

Prof Kate Bowers

Head of the Department of Security and Crime Science

Dept of Security and Crime Science

Faculty of Engineering Science

Joined UCL
1st Feb 2004

Research summary

Summary of Recent Research Grants :

May 2015-May 2017

European Commission MARGIN: Tackling Insecurity in Marginalized Areas. Total funding at UCL: £444,581. Co-Investigator

Sept 2013-2016 (as part of a consortium)  ESRC Commissioned Partnership Programme: the What Works Centre for Crime Reduction. Total funding approx. £3.4 million. Co-investigator

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. Co-Investigator.

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. 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

Teaching summary

For many years, Kate was the programme convener for the MSc in Crime Science. Since joining UCL in 2004, she has been integral to the development of a number of the department's courses. She original developed or co-developed many of the past and current modules that make up the MSc Crime Science curriculum. Examples include courses such as Preventing Crimes, Quantitative Methods and Crime Mapping and Spatial Analysis. She is involved in quality assurance exercises to ensure the department deliveries a high standard of teaching. For example, she was centrally involved in the Departments' IQR (Internal Quality Review) of teaching practices. She is interested in new methods of teaching, and has recently developed module material on UCL's online system, Moodle which will enable distance learning students to have a comprehensive learning experience without visiting campus. 


University of Liverpool
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 1999
University of Liverpool
Other higher degree, Master of Arts | 1994
University of Durham
First Degree, Bachelor of Science | 1993


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 over 20 years, with research interests focusing on the use of quantitative methods in crime analysis and crime prevention Her most recent interests are big data approaches and the use of innovative data in understanding crime data. She has published over 100 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 is the incoming Editor-in-chief of Crime Science, serves on a number of other journal editorial boards, and she has number of external appointments such as academic expert for the Crime and Policing Group in the Home Office,expert reviewer for a project run by the US Office of the Assistant Attorney General and other advisory panel memberships.   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 EPSRC, ESRC and AHRC. She has many years of experience in working and collaborating with practitioners and has provided training for and undertaken research with many police forces in the UK and internationally. She was involved in the initial development and subsequent revision of methods, statistics and mapping modules on the MSc courses run by Department of Security and Crime Science. She is now serving as Academic Director of the JDI Research Laboratory, a facility which enables academics and practitioners to share sensitive data.