Dr Claire Davis

Lecturer in CriminologyDr Claire Davis

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I joined University of Leicester as a Lecturer in Criminology in May 2018, having previously held posts at Liverpool John Moores University and Nottingham Trent University. I have a first-class BA (Hons) Sociology from Lancaster University and an MSc Clinical Criminology from the University of Leicester. I was awarded my PhD in 2018, my thesis examined police officers’ understandings and experience of leadership. During my PhD, I chaired the British Society of Criminology’s Postgraduate Committee and sat on the Executive Committee of the Society. I have extensive experience of research and teaching in policing. Prior to beginning my PhD, I held research positions at The Police Foundation, the criminal justice consultancy, Morgan Harris Burrows, and the Home Office Regional Research Team in the East Midlands. I am currently an Associate Inspector for Leadership with HMICFRS, Academic Advisor on the College of Policing’s National First Line Supervision Guideline Committee, and Book Review Editor for Policing & Society.


  • Doing Criminological Research (Undergraduate)
  • Critical Issues in Policing (Postgraduate)
  • Dissertations (Postgraduate)

Administrative Responsibilities

  • MSc Course Convenor
  • MSc Personal Tutor

Research Interests

  • Power, authority and leadership
  • Sociology of policing
  • Police occupational culture/s


I am happy to accept applications to supervise PhDs on the following topics:

  • Police leadership and command
  • Critical incident management in the police
  • Recruitment, selection and promotion in the police
  • Police training, education and development
  • Police occupational culture
  • Diversity in the police


Davis, C. and Silvestri, M. (2020) 'Critical Perspectives on Police Leadership' Bristol: Policy Press https://policy.bristoluniversitypress.co.uk/critical-perspectives-on-police-leadership

Davis, C. (2020) 'Rank Matters: Police leadership and the authority of rank' Policing and Society 30(4): 446-461

Davis, C. (2019) ‘Police Leadership and the Authority of Rank’ in P. Ramshaw, M. Simpson and M. Silvestri (eds.) ‘Police Leadership: Changing Landscapes’ Bristol: Policy Press https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030214685

Davis, C. (2018) ‘Book Review: Leading the police: a history of chief constables 1835–2017’, Policing and Society, 28:6, 748-750, DOI: 10.1080/10439463.2018.1484605

Davis, C. and Bailey D. (2018) ‘Police Leadership: The Challenges for Developing Contemporary Practice’ International Journal of Emergency Services 7(1):13-23 https://doi.org/10.1108/IJES-04-2017-0022

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