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Liam Ralph

Assistant Professor

Department: Social Sciences

Liam Ralph is a Criminology lecturer and teaches on Criminology and Policing degrees, as well as The Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) and the Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP). Liam joined Northumbria University as a Research Fellow on an ESRC-funded Visible Policing project in 2019. Liam was awarded his PhD in 2020 on police use of social media in Scotland. He also has experience of working in the Scottish Government with Justice Analytical Services (JAS). Whilst working here, Liam contriuted to the Public Confidence Steering Group drawing on his analysis of Scottish Justice Crime Survey data linked to improving public confidence in the police and satisfaction during encounters.

Main research interests: policing, police legitimacy, public confidence, technology, and social media

Liam Ralph


  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Police use of Twitter during a sporting mega-event, Aitken, A., Ralph, L., Robinson, P. 8 Apr 2023, In: Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice
  • The dynamic nature of police legitimacy on social media, Ralph, L. 9 Aug 2022, In: Policing and Society
  • Maintaining police-citizen relations on social media during the COVID-19 pandemic, Ralph, L., Jones, M., Rowe, M., Milllie, A. 3 Jul 2022
  • Visible Policing: Uniforms and the (Re)Construction of Police Occupational Identity, Rowe, M., Jones, M., Millie, A., Ralph, L. 13 Aug 2022, In: Policing and Society
  • The Abstract Police and Occupational Culture, Rowe, M., Ralph, L., Millie, A., Jones, M. 1 Feb 2022, The Abstract Police, The Hague, Eleven International Publishing

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Other: Written expert statement on new technologies and the application of law to the House of Lords Justice and Home Affairs Committee. 2021
  • Other: Written expert statement on possible issues arising from emerging technological developments in policing to the Independent Advisory Group on Emerging Technologies in Policing to Scottish Government 2021

  • Criminology PhD July 01 2020
  • Criminology MRes September 01 2015
  • Criminology BA (Hons) April 01 2014

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