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Quantitative Criminology Lab

Dr Stephanie Jane Bennett  Stephanie.Bennett@chi.ac.uk

The Quantitative Criminology Lab uses statistical data to help understand and predict criminal behaviour, measure the impact of crime on society, and also to help improve investigative practice.

Research data is typically collected via survey methodology, field research and by gaining access to official records.  Secondary data is used to examine patterns of offending behaviour over time and place.

Statistical analysis is also used to compliment research studies which have been designed to incorporate both quantitative and qualitative data collection strategies to give a much more informed viewpoint of the topic under investigation.

Current projects:

Project lead:

Forensic interviews for children who have been trafficked into the UK, developing best practice.

Consulting on:

Policing the Pandemic – University of Portsmouth & Hampshire Constabulary.

Families First – Supporting children and families with a parent in Prison – Open University and YSS.

Recent Past projects

Voluntary resignations from the police service: the impact of organisational and occupational stressors on organisational commitment – Collaboration with University of Portsmouth.

Children and young people living through a serious family illness – Collaboration with Open University and Hope support.

Empirical Approaches to Improving the Use of DNA in Crime Scene Investigative Practice.  – Collaboration with University of Portsmouth and Hampshire Constabulary.

Recent publications

Selected publications:

Bennett, S., Illett, C., Inkpen, R, Ghaemmaghami, A G., Charman, S., Smith, P., Newiss, G.  (2021)  Analysis of Police response to the Pandemic. Policing Quarterly (In preparation)

Bennett, S, Milne., R (2021) Interviews with child victims of trafficking, developing best practice Journal of Forensic Practice (In preparation).

Illett, C & Bennett, S. Inkpen, R, Ghaemmaghami, A G., Charman, S., Smith, P., Newiss, G.  (2021) Public Perceptions of Compliance in the context of Pandemic Policing, Journal of Psychology, Policing, and Law. (In submission).

Vakcova, P., Bennett., S., Plowright-Pepper., L (2021) Childrens’ narratives of loss, death and dying during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Accepted).

Ghaemmaghami, A., Inkpen, R., Charman, S., Illett, C., Bennett, St., Smith, P. and Newiss, G. (2021). Responding to the public during a pandemic: perceptions of ‘satisfactory’ and ‘unsatisfactory’ policing. Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice (In review).

Newiss, G., Charman, S., Illett, C., Bennett, S., Ghaemmaghami, A., Smith, P., Inkpen, R.  (2021). Taking the strain? Police wellbeing in the Covid-19 era. The Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles. (In review).

Ilett, C., Newiss, G., Charman, S., Bennett, S., Ghaemmaghami, A., Inkpen, R. & Smith, P. (2021). Police preparedness and response to Covid-19. Evidence submitted to the Home Affairs Select Committee. https://committees.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/22325/pdf/

Charman., S., Bennett S., (2021) Over and out: Understanding the rise of voluntary resignations from the police service. Policing Insight. Retrieved from https://policinginsight.com/features/analysis/over-and-out-understanding-the-rise-of-voluntary-resignations-from-the-police-service/

Charman, S. & Bennett, S. (2021). Understanding voluntary resignations from the police service. The Strategic Review of Policing in England and Wales. Retrieved from https://www.policingreview.org.uk/understanding-voluntary-resignations-from-the-police-service/?mc_cid=b2c2fc3859&mc_eid=8155d07430

Charman, S., Bennett., S (2021) Voluntary Resignations from the Police Service: the impact of organisational and occupational stressors on organisational commitment. Policing & Society.   https://doi.org/10.1080/10439463.2021.1891234

Payler, J., Cooper, V. and Bennett, S. (2019) Children and young people living through a serious family illness: structural, interpersonal and personal perspectives. Children & Society. DOI: 10.1111/chso.12348.

Cooper, V. L., Payler, J. and Bennett, S. (2019) ‘Beyond talk: Learning from children and young people experiencing a family health crisis’, in Robb, M., Montgomery, H. and Thomson, R. (eds.) Critical Practice with Children and Young People (2nd edition), Bristol, Policy Press, pp. 143 – 160.

Denault, V., Plusquellec, P., Jupe, L. M., St-Yves, M., Dunbar, N. E., Hartwig, M., … van Koppen, P. J. (2019). The analysis of nonverbal communication: The dangers of pseudoscience in security and justice con https://committees.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/22325/pdf/texts. Anuario de Psicología Jurídica. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.5093/apj2019a9

Bennett, S. Cooper, V. and Payler, J. (2018) The Need for Support: Young People Living Through a Family Health Crisis. Report of research commissioned by Hope Support. http://oro.open.ac.uk/56167/

Smith, P. A., Mound, S., Brown, N., Leonard, R., Lovell, C., & Bennett, S. (2017). Empirical Approaches to Improving the Use of DNA in Crime Scene Investigative Practice. International Journal of Police Science & Management, (Issue 1), 54. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1461355716688921 

Selected presentations

Charman, S., Bennett, S.,  Ghaemmaghami, A., Inkpen, R., A Illett, C., Newiss, G., Smith, P., ‘Them and Us’: An analysis of public attitudes towards policing and compliance during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Open University Centre for Policing Research and Learning Annual Conference “Resilience in Policing and Publics”, 26th-28th April 2021

Charman, S., Illett, C, Newiss, G., Smith, P., Inkpen, R., Bennett, S., Ghaemmaghami, A. Responding to change,  An early analysis of one force’s response to policing a pandemic. UCL Institute for Global City Policing. London Policing Seminar Series 2021. Police Perspectives on Policing the Pandemic, 3 February 2021.

Bennett, S. & Milne, R. Forensic interviews with children who have been trafficked, developing best practice. British Psychological Society Wessex Branch, July 2019.

Bennett, S., & Milne, R. Forensic Interviews with Child Victims of Trafficking: Understanding the ChallengesPaper presented at the 3rd International Conference on Missing Persons and Adults, Dundee, U.K, June 2017.

Bennett, S. & Milne, R. Forensic interviews with child victims of trafficking, developing best practice. EAPL, Mechelen, May 2017.

Bennett, S., Wakefield et al. Evaluating a critical incident: analyzing data collected during and directly after a critical incident exercise part of symposium for International Emergency Response Day, Portsmouth, Mar 2017.

Bennett, S., Wakefield et al. Evaluating a critical incident: analyzing data collected during and directly after a critical incident exercise part of symposium for British Psychological Society 5th Military Psychology Conference, Nov 2016.