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 from Nottingham Trent University, my PhD thesis examined police officers’ understandings and experience of leadership. 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 also an Associate Inspector for Leadership with HMICFS and part of the Executive Committee of the British Society of Criminology.


  • Policing (undergraduate)
  • Working in Criminal Justice (undergraduate)
  • Critical Issues in Policing (postgraduate)

Administrative Responsibilities

  • BSc Policing Course Convenor
  • Campus Based Year 1 Personal Tutor


Claire is currently working on a long term ethnographic study of police discretion with colleagues at the University of Liverpool and University of Manchester as part of the Police Ethnography Research Collaboration. For more information please click here.

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. (2019) ‘Police Leadership and the Authority of Rank’ in P. Ramshaw, M. Simpson and M. Silvestri (eds.) ‘Police Leadership: Changing Landscapes’ Bristol: Policy Press

Davis, C. and Silvestri, M. (2020) 'Critical Perspectives on Police Leadership' Bristol: Policy Press

Davis C and Bailey D. (2018) Police Leadership: The Challenges for Developing Contemporary Practice International Journal of Emergency Services 7(1):13-23

Davis, C (2018) 'Rank Matters: Police leadership and the authority of rank' Policing and Society

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E: criminology@le.ac.uk


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