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Using Research and Design to Rethink Stubborn Policing Problems

Lecture Theatre 011, Design Building, City Campus East


Using Research and Design to Rethink Stubborn Policing Problems

Refreshments will be served in the Design Building Foyer Space from 5pm. The lecture will take place from 5.30pm - 6.30pm

In a period when police resources are constrained and demands on services are becoming more complex, the need for effective problem-solving is more pressing than ever. This seminar will explore the ways in which problem-solving approaches change styles and models of policing and, using a case study of cyber-crime, reflects on how principles from design might be applied to policing. Some of the challenges in adopting a design-led approach to police problem-solving, relating to organisational culture and the wider context in which police operate, are explored and it is argued that problem-solving is most effective when considered as a strategic approach rather than an applied work plan.

Professor Mike Rowe, Professor in Criminology, Northumbria University

Mike has an international reputation for his research and publications in the field of policing, paying particular attention to policing, culture and reforms, race and racism, police culture, and the policing of domestic violence.

Sarah Soppitt, Associate Professor of Criminology and Faculty Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) Arts, Design and Social Sciences, Northumbria University

Sarah’s research and teaching interest have adopted an applied approach to criminal justice practice and the experience of service users. Sarah has developed a  number of key partnerships, including Newcastle Youth Offending Team which supports the teaching, learning and research agenda

Dr Nick Spencer, Programme Leader, MA/MSc Multidisciplinary Innovation

 In this role Nick helps to develop international educational partnerships that develop new forms of innovation for external commercial and third sector organisations through novel academic, student and community co-creation

This lecture is part of the Police Research and Education Network series that will draw upon leading research expertise within Northumbria University. Each seminar will provide an opportunity for staff to present their research findings on key topics for contemporary policing, reflecting on the challenge of developing evidence based for police practice.

The seminars are free to attend. They will be informal and are designed to promote debate between academics and practitioners from the police and other relevant agencies.

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Lecture Theatre 011, Design Building, City Campus East
Newcastle upon Tyne


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