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Liam Ralph

Research Fellow

Department: Social Sciences

Liam Ralph is a current Research Fellow on an ESRC funded Visible Policing project working with Professor Mike Rowe (Northumbria University), Professor Andrew Millie (Edge Hill University), and Dr Matt Jones (The Open University). The project is in collaboration with four Police Services in England and Wales, and The College of Policing. He recently completed his PhD that captured best practice in police use of social media. For this, Liam worked closely with Police Scotland. At the same time as doing his PhD, Liam undertook an internship with The Scottish Government and examined Scottish Crime and Justice Survey data on public confidence in the police and satisfaction during encounters.

His main research interests are: policing, police legitimacy, public confidence, technology, and social media

Futher Information about the ESRC Visible Policing project can be foud via the website:


Liam Ralph



  • Criminology MRes September 01 2015
  • Criminology BA (Hons) April 01 2014

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Developing police social media practices in Scotland in accordance with a citizen-focused and democratic policing approach, Ralph, L. 2019
  • Communication between the police and citizens via social media in Scotland, Ralph, L. 2017
  • Police use of social media: Empirical research is necessary, Ralph, L. 28 Apr 2016


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