Research projects

Research excellence, innovation and impact is at the heart of what we do.

Below is a selection of some of the large- and small-scale projects that we have conducted:


Hit-and-run: Why do drivers fail to stop after an accident?

Dr Matt Hopkins, Sally Chivers and Gail Stevenson-Freer completed research for the Motor Insurers Bureau (between September 2015 and January 2017). A national survey of hit-and-run drivers was completed (695 responses); in-depth interviews with offenders using a crime scripts approach (n=52) and interviews with ‘industry experts’. The interviews identified six typologies of hit-and-run drivers, as well as a number of potential preventative strategies.

Find out more on the MIB website


Beyond the gaze: Working practices, safety and regulation of internet-based sex workers in the UK

Professor Teela Sanders and Dr Rosie Campbell have been funded by the ESRC to investigate how digital technologies have affected the sex industry. So far, the research team have conducted a survey with sex workers and customers, and interviews with sex workers, police officers across forces in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, and key players in web design/marketing for platforms. This study will lead to the development of an outreach info service for sex workers via the internet and a Netreach toolkit for good practice guidance on models of internet outreach & working with internet based sex workers.

Find out more on the Beyond the Gaze website


A postcode lottery? Mapping the support needs of hate crime victims in the West Midlands

Professor Neil Chakraborti and Dr Stevie-Jade Hardy have been commissioned by West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner to conduct a study that will identify the support needs of hate crime victims and determine whether existing support provision is meeting the needs of hate crime victims. The study is being undertaken using a mixed-methods approach of a large-scale survey and in-depth, semi-structured interviews in order to capture the experiences and expectations of actual and potential hate crime victims. The empirical evidence generated as a result of this project and the recommendations that come from it will help to inform and improve the wider delivery of hate crime support services in the West Midlands.

Find out more on the Centre for Hate Studies website


Identifying and assessing the risks of money laundering

Dr Matt Hopkins and Nikki Shelton have, in partnership with Transcrime in Italy and VU Amsterdam in Holland, been engaged in a project that aims to develop a model for identifying and assessing the risk of money laundering (ML) and terrorist financing (TF) in European countries and to test/implement this model in three key EU member states: Italy, Netherlands and United Kingdom. The project is funded by the European Union and based on the notion that using a ‘risk based approach’ (RBA) to assess money laundering would be beneficial to countries required to complete national risk assessments of the problem. The final report for the project is not due to be published until the summer of 2017, though an international ‘IARM’ conference was run in Milan in December 2016 where initial findings were presented.

Find out more on the IARM website


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