Dr Matt Tonkin

Lecturer in Criminology

Contact details

  • Tel: +44 (0)116 252 3750
  • Email: mjt46@le.ac.uk
  • Office: Room 2.12, 2nd floor, 154 Upper New Walk

Personal details

I joined the Department of Criminology in 2016, having previously worked as a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology at Birmingham City University. Prior to this, I worked as a Research Assistant in the Dangerous and Severe Personality Disorder Unit based within Rampton High Secure Forensic Psychiatric Hospital.

My academic qualifications include a BSc in Psychology, an MSc in Forensic Psychology and a PhD (on crime linkage) from the University of Leicester.

Administrative responsibilities

  • Departmental Ethics Officer
  • Coordinator of major/minor degrees



  •   Forensic and Legal Psychology (postgraduate)
  •  Doing Criminological Research (undergraduate)
  •  Investigative Psychology (undergraduate)
  •  Legal Psychology and Offender Rehabilitation (undergraduate)

Office hours

By appointment


Bell, N., Tonkin, M., Chester, V., & Craig, L. (in press). Adapting measures of social climate for use with individuals with intellectual developmental disability in forensic settings. Psychology, Crime and Law.

Craven, R., & Tonkin, M. (2017). Negative relating styles of learning-disabled and non-learning-disabled offenders. Journal of Forensic Practice, 19, 198-206.

Tonkin, M., Pakkanen, T., Sirén, J., Bennell, C., Woodhams, J., Burrell, A. … & Santtila, P. (2017). Using offender crime scene behavior to link stranger sexual assaults: A comparison of three statistical approaches. Journal of Criminal Justice, 50, 19-28.

Robinson, J., Craig, L. A., & Tonkin, M. (in press). Perceptions of social climate and aggressive behaviour in forensic services: A systematic review. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse.

Tonkin, M., & Woodhams, J. (2017). The feasibility of using crime scene behaviour to detect versatile serial offenders: An empirical test of behavioural consistency, distinctiveness and discrimination accuracy. Legal and Criminological Psychology, 22, 99-115.

Sturgess, D., Woodhams, J., & Tonkin, M. (2016). Treatment engagement from the perspective of the offender: Reasons for non-completion and completion of treatment: A systematic review. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 60, 1873-1896..

Woodhams, J., & Tonkin, M. (in press). Offender profiling and crime linkage. In G. M. Davies & A. R. Beech (Eds.), Forensic psychology: Crime, justice, law, interventions (3rd ed.). Chichester: Wiley.

de Vries, M. G., Brazil, I. A., Tonkin, M., & Bulten, B. H. (2016). Ward climate within a high secure forensic psychiatric hospital: Perceptions of patients and nursing staff and the role of patient characteristics. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 30, 342-349.

Tonkin, M. (2016). A review of questionnaire measures for assessing the social climate in prisons and forensic psychiatric hospital settings. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 60, 1376-1405.

Schalast, N., & Tonkin, M. (2016). Essen Climate Evaluation Schema EssenCES: A manual and more. Göttingen: Hogrefe Publishing.


  • Investigative psychology and crime analysis
  • Prisons and forensic psychiatric hospital settings

I have conducted research on a range of topics within investigative psychology, including offender profiling, geographical profiling and crime linkage. For example, I'm one of the founding members of the Crime Linkage International Network (C-LINK), which is a group of academics and police practitioners from seven countries that was set up with support from the Leverhulme Trust. The aim of the network is to conduct research that enhances the evidence base for crime linkage. For more information on the work of C-LINK, visit our website.

I have also conducted a wide range of research in partnership with various prison and forensic healthcare providers, including research on prison bullying, the use of novel psychoactive substances in prison, art and drama therapy in prison settings, offence paralleling behaviour, aggression and self-harm.

I am also particularly interested in social climate, treatment readiness and offender motivation. For example, I led the first multi-site validation study in England of the Essen Climate Evaluation Schema (EssenCES), which is a short questionnaire designed to measure the social climate in prisons and forensic psychiatric hospital settings. I also co-authored the first statistical manual of the EssenCES with Dr Norbert Schalast (the measure’s developer).

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  • Prisons and forensic psychiatric hospitals
  • Investigative psychology
  • Police decision-making and crime analysis (particularly offender profiling, behavioural investigative advice, geographical profiling and crime linkage

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154 Upper New Walk

T: +44 (0)116 252 3946/2458
F: +44 (0)116 252 5788
E: criminology@le.ac.uk


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