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Mike Rowe

Professor of Criminology

Department: Social Sciences languages

He 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. Other interests include on-line victimisation and offender desistance. He has published seven books on policing, crime, race and related issues and is the (co)author of 30 articles in scholarly journals. In recent years he has been a member of the Executive of the British Society of Criminology and Vice-President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology. From 2010-2012 he was an academic member of the Independent Police Commission chaired by Lord Stevens. Previously he was director of the Institute of Criminology at Victoria University Wellington and senior lecturer in criminology at the University of Leicester.



PhD, University of Leicester 1997
BA Politics, University of Leicester 1989

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Mike has completed a variety of research projects examining police diversity training, police occupational culture, the use of positive arrest policies in response to domestic violence and other policing-related matters. Additionally he has researched issues such as youth perspectives on graffiti, race and disproportionality in the criminal justice system, and public perceptions of and attitudes towards crime.

Key Publications

Lister, S. and Rowe, M. (2016) (eds.) Accountability of Policing. Abingdon: Routledge.

Lister, S. and Rowe, M. (2015) 'Electing Police and Crime Commissioners in England and Wales: prospecting for the democratisation of policing. Policing and Society, 25 (4), pp. 358-377.

Rowe, M. and Ross, J.I. (2015) 'Comparing the recruitment of ethnic and racial minorities in police departments in England and Wales with the USA'. Policing, 9 (1), pp. 26-35.

Rowe, M. and Soppitt, S. (2014) ''Who you gonna call?' The role of trust and relationships in desistance from crime. Probation Journal, 61 (4), pp. 397-412.

Rowe, M. (2013) 'Just like a TV show: public criminology and the media coverage of 'hunt for Britain's most wanted man'. Crime, Media, Culture, 9 (1), pp. 23-38.

Rowe, M. (2013) Introduction to Policing, second edition. London: Sage.

Rowe, M. (2012) Race and Crime. London: Sage.

Rowe, M. and Hutton, F. (2012) 'Is your city pretty anyway?' Perspectives on graffiti and the urban landscape', Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 45 (1), pp. 66-86.

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