Monika Baylis

Teaching FellowMonika Baylis

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I am a Teaching Fellow at the School of Criminology. Currently, I am in my final year of Ph.D. within Department of Criminology at the University of Huddersfield. My Ph.D. focuses on police decision making processes when addressing Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) amongst young people in Poland and England. For my Ph.D. study I followed the mix method approach which involved conducting semi-structured interviews and utilising decision board analysis with 67 serving Police officers from England and Poland. This helped me to explore and compare their decision-making processes and various factors that influence them when addressing anti-social behaviour among young people. I have also used the rational decision-making model to support theoretically my findings and utilise Evidence - based practice (EBP). My Ph.D. data has been analysed using descriptive content, thematic analysis and I also conducted numerous statistical tests. The project is featured on the College of Policing Research Map (What Works Centre for Crime Reduction). I am a member of the National Academy of Science in Poland (PAN) and Society of Evidence Based Policing (UK).

This also includes training Polish and English serving police officers and being registered as an expert on policing Anti-social Behaviour, youth crime, hate crime and terrorism with the CEPOL (European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training), the Police Academy in Szczytno (Poland) and Polamk (Police University College) in Finland.

I have received numerous awards that reflect my research skills, involvement in teaching and developing collaboration between the Police and academia. These include:

  • Huddersfield University Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship Award for Academic Excellence (2014) that has encouraged me to work further on my research skills.
  • Postgraduate Research Award in November (2016) that was granted by the Institute for Research in Citizenship and Applied Human Sciences (IRCAHS) for the best-presented research paper (Police discretion on ASB in Poland and England) during a multidisciplinary conference at the University of Huddersfield.
  • ‘Stand out’ student/researcher at the Department of Criminology (2017/18) received from Dr Carla Reeves (the Principal Lecturer & Subject Leader, Criminology).
  • The Huddersfield Association of Women Graduates Outstanding Female PhD Student Prize (2020).

In the past, I used to work within CJS’s environment as a professional Polish interpreter for Police, CPS, Probation Office, and Courts (UK).

Research

During my studies I have assisted with various research projects that have involved collecting, analysing and storing data such as:

  • The EU Commission project ‘Security for multimodal passenger transport terminal: best practice toolkit’ proposed by Dr Andrew Newton (former Acting Director of the Applied Criminology Centre at Huddersfield University and Professor Rachel Armitage (my PhD supervisor)).
  • Trillion Project - a European Union Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme looking at the reporting of incidents to different policing authorities via social networks and mobile applications.

I am interested in researching the following topics:

  • Comparative policing/Criminology
  • Youth Crime
  • Anti-social Behaviour
  • Police discretion/ Decision Making
  • Comparative Criminal Justice Systems

Publications

Baylis, M. (2021, June) “Police and professional policing in Poland”. Presentation and chairing a session on the History of Nordic Police Education was delivered at Police University College in Finland.

A book chapter: ‘Police and policing in Poland’ in an edited volume by Mbuba, J. M. (2021). Global Perspectives of Policing and Law Enforcement. Lexington Books.

Baylis, M. (2021, February) “The police’s approach to the coronavirus (Covid-19) situation when addressing Domestic Violence (DV) in England”. Paper was delivered at Polish Police Academy in Szczytno, Poland.

Baylis, M. and Lockwood A. (2021, February) “New trends in crime across England and Wales as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic – The West Yorkshire Police approach”. Paper was delivered at Polish Police Academy in Szczytno, Poland.

Baylis, M. (2021) “Policja w UK” [The Police in the UK] in Gazeta Policyjna, Numer 1/01.2021.

Baylis, M. & Matczak, A. (2019) ‘Police training and education in Poland’ in the Special Edition of Police, Research and Practice.

Baylis, M. (2018, May) ‘Kiedy Diabel tkwi w szczegolach’ [When the devil is in the details’]. Paper was presented at the University of Warsaw; Collegium Civitas/Criminology Department (23rd May); Polish Police - Reforms after the 1989, Warszawa, Poland.

Baylis, M. (2017, September) Police discretion on ASB – Polish and English approaches. Paper was presented at 17th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology (13-16 September); ‘’Challanging ‘’Crime’’ and ‘’Crime Control’’ in Contemporary Europe’’, Cardiff, UK.

Baylis, M. (2017, July) Police discretion on ASB – Polish and English approaches. Paper presented at British Society of Criminology Conference 2017 (4-7 July); ‘’Forging Social Justice: Local Challenges, Global Complexities’’, Sheffield,UK.

Baylis, M. (2017, April) Police discretion on ASB – Polish and English approaches. Paper presented at Institute for Research in Citizenship and Applied Human Sciences (IRCAHS) Research ‘’Engage’’ Festival Conference (25-28 April), Huddersfield, UK.

Baylis, M. (2016, November) Police discretion on ASB in Poland and England. Paper presented at Institute for Research in Citizenship and Applied Human Sciences (IRCAHS) Research Festival Conference, Huddersfield, UK.

Baylis, M. (2015, November) A comparative study exploring police discretion, police methods and tools, whilst addressing Anti-social Behaviour (ASB) amongst young people in Poland and England. Poster presented at Institute for Research in Citizenship and Applied Human Sciences (IRCAHS) Research Festival Conference, Huddersfield,UK.

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