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Professor Mike Rowe


Professor of Criminology

Contact details:
Dept of Social Sciences
Northumbria University
Lipman Building
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tel: +44 (0)191 243   


Mike joined Northumbria University in 2009 as Reader in Criminology. His teaching and research interests have focused on issues relating to policing in broad terms but particular attention to policing, race and racism, police culture, and the policing of domestic violence. He has published widely on these and other topics and is currently writing a book on race and crime for Sage. Previously he was director of the Institute of Criminology at Victoria University Wellington and senior lecturer in criminology at the University of Leicester.


Research and Consultancy 

Research 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. 


Journal Articles

Rowe, M. (forthcoming) 'Just like a TV show: public criminology and the media coverage of 'hunt for Britain's most wanted man'. Crime, Media, Culture.

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.

Bradley, T., Rowe, M. and Segdwick, C. (2011) 'Not in My Backyard? Crime in the neighbourhood' Howard Journal of Criminal Justice 50(1): 34-51

Grant, S. and Rowe, M. (2011) 'Running the risk: Police Officer discretion and family violence in New Zealand'. Policing and Society, 21 (1), pp. 49-66.

Rowe, M. (2009) 'Notes on a scandal: the official enquiry into police deviance and corruption in New Zealand'. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 42 (1), pp. 123-38.

Hughes, G. and Rowe, M. (2007) 'Neighbourhood policing and community safety: researching the instabilities of the local governance of crime, disorder and security in contemporary UK'. Criminology and Criminal Justice, 7(4), pp. 317-346.

Rowe, M. (2007) 'Rendering visible the invisible: police discretion, professionalism and ethics'. Policing and Society, 17 (3), pp. 279-294.

Rowe, M. (2007) 'Tripping over molehills: ethics and the ethnography of police work'. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, Theory and Practice, 10 (1), pp. 37-48.

Rowe, M. (2006) 'Follow the leader: frontline narratives on police leadership'. Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, 29 (4), pp. 757-67.

Rowe, M. and Garland, J. (2003) ''Have you been diversified yet?’ Developments in police community and race relations training in England and Wales'. Policing and Society, 13 (4), pp. 399-411.


Hughes, G. and Rowe, M. (2007) 'Policing diversity: policing communities? Dilemmas and opportunities', Criminology and Criminal Justice, 7 (4), pp. 315-316.


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

Rowe, M. (2008) Introduction to Policing. London: Sage.

Rowe, M. (2007) (ed.) Policing beyond Macpherson. Cullompton: Willan.

Das, D. K. and Palmiotto, M. (with Rowe, M.) (2006) (eds.) World police encyclopedia. London: Routledge.

Rowe, M. (2004) Policing, race and racism. Cullompton: Willan Publishing.

Book Chapters

Rowe, M. (2010) ‘Police diversity training in Britain: lessons and limitations’, in Sagant, V. and Shaw, M. (eds.) Crime prevention and community safety: trends and perspectives. Québec: International Centre for the Prevention of Crime, pp. 151-53.

Rowe, M. (2009) ‘Policing and "cracking down on crime": tough questions and tough answers', in Maxwell, G. (ed.) Addressing the causes of offending: what is the evidence? Wellington: Institute of Policy Studies, pp. 185-92.

Rowe, M. (2009) 'Policing, race and diversity: thinking outside the (tick)box', in Bui, H. (ed.) Race and criminal justice. London: Sage, pp. 49-65.

Rowe, M. (2007) 'Introduction: policing and racism in the limelight – the politics and context of the Lawrence Report', in Rowe, M. (ed) Policing beyond Macpherson. Cullompton: Willan, pp. xi-xxiv.

Rowe, M. and Garland, J. (2007) 'Police diversity training: a silver bullet tarnished', in Rowe, M. (ed.) Policing beyond Macpherson. Cullompton: Willan, pp. 43-65.


Key Roles and Responsibilities in the Department

Mike is Chair of the Departmental Ethics Committee.  

PhD Students

(Continuing) Sarah Wright - 'The Image of a Panic: Bailey Kurariki and the Phenomenon of ‘Killer Kids’' (Victoria University Wellington)

(2008) Robert Vodde - 'Andragogy and Police Training in the US' (University of Leicester)

(2007) Neil Chakraborti - 'Warm Beer and Invincible Green Suburbs'? Examining the Reality of Rurality for Minority Ethnic Households' (University of Leicester)

(2002) Mehmet Arican - 'Police Detention: a Comparative Analysis of the Effects of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act, 1984 and the Turkish Procedure Act' (University of Leicester)

(1999) Ihsan Bal - 'Prevention of Terrorism in Liberal Democracies: a Case Study of Turkey' (University of Leicester)

Affiliated Research Website

The Northumbria Centre for Offenders and Offending