Portrait of Professor Alex  Hirschfield Professor Alex Hirschfield

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Biography

Qualifications: BA (Hons), PhD, FFPH, FHEA

Alex took up the position of Professor of Criminology and Director of the Applied Criminology Centre at the University of Huddersfield in September 2004. Alex graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA and a Ph.D. in Human Geography. In 1989, after five years as a policy planner in local government, he became Research Coordinator of a multi-disciplinary ESRC-funded Regional Research at the University of Liverpool. In 1998 he was appointed a senior lecturer (Department of Civic Design, University of Liverpool) and in 2001 secured a readership in urban research.

His research interests include environmental criminology, situational and technological approaches to crime reduction, urban regeneration, policy evaluation and health impact assessment. He has secured research funding from ESRC (Crime and Social Order Programme), EPSRC (Technologies for Crime Prevention and Detection), the EU and a range of government agencies including the Home Office, Department of Health, Department for Transport, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM), Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure and numerous regeneration partnerships. Between 2002 and 2009 he served as Home Office Senior Adviser to Government Office North West and until recently was a Knowledge Transfer Champion with the Regional Development Agency, Yorkshire Forward. He was appointed to the Board of the Yorkshire and Humberside Fraud Forum in 2008.

In July 2008 Alex chaired the local organising committee for the hosting of the British Society of Criminology Annual Conference attended by over 350 delegates; the first time the event has been held in Huddersfield. In September 2011 Alex was elected for a second time to serve on the University of Huddersfield Senate. His other research work is in public health and in 2006 he was elected a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health. He became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2011. He is currently serving on the Advisory Panel for Independent Commission on the Future of Policing led by Lord John Stevens and has been commissioned to write a position paper on the role of the police in crime prevention.

Research and Scholarship

University research group memberships

Alex is currently a member of the Institute for Research in Citizenship and Applied Human Sciences and is the Director of the Applied Criminology Centre.

Research interests

  • Policy Evaluation and Analysis
  • Crime, Crime Prevention and Health
  • Situational Crime prevention
  • Communities, Crime and Quality of Life
  • Crime Reduction Technologies
  • High Crime Neighbourhoods
  • GIS and Crime Mapping
  • Environmental Criminology
  • The Geography of Crime and Offending: The public engagement video Designing out Crime: Building Safer Communities, on the subject of designing out crime, demonstrates the concepts and also the effectiveness of this crime reduction measure.

Research projects

Publications (other)

(For a list of published outputs see research outputs)

  • Hirschfield, A. (Ed.) (2008). Crime in the City, Built Environment 34, No.1, 2008. Special Edition.
  • Hirschfield, A. (2004). The Impact of the Reducing Burglary Initiative in the north of England. Home Office Online Report 40/04, London: Home Office.

Selected conference presentations

  • Hirschfield, A. (2012) A systematic model for drafting recommendations. COPING Project Workshop on Research Findings and Recommendations, Mercure Josefshof Hotel, Vienna, Austria, 2nd - 5th April, 2012.
     
  • Hirschfield, A.(2011) The GeoCrimeData Project. Live demonstration of project outputs. JISC Show and Tell Event, Ravensbrook College, Greenwich, London 28th - 29th November 2011.
     
  • Hirschfield, A., (2011) GeoCrimeData: Exploring Geospatial Data for Crime Analysis. Presentation of outputs from a JISC-funded project. End user's Workshop, Centre for Advance Spatial Analysis (CASA), UCL, London, 20th September, 2011.
     
  • Hirschfield, A. (2011) Coping Work Package 6: The Development of Recommendations. COPING Project Consortium Meeting, Langholmen, Stockholm, Sweden 12 - 16th September 2011.
     
  • Hirschfield,A. (2011) Extended Geo-demographic Models of urban spatial structure and land use. 17th European Colloquium on Quantitative and Theoretical Geography . Hosted by Harokopio University, Department of Geography, Athens, Greece, 2-5 September 2011 (with Birkin,M., Malleson, N., and Newton, A).
     
  • Hirschfield, A. (2011) Framing Recommendations for Coping: A closer look at Work Package Interactions. COPING Project Consortium Meeting, Paris, France 16 - 18th March 2011.
  • Hirschfield, A.(2010) An Introduction to Environmental Criminology. Annual Policing Conference, Belgorod Policing Institute and the University of Belgorod, Belgorod, Russia 12th-14th October 2010.
     
  • Hirschfield,A. (2008) ‘The Impact of Changes in the Licensing Act on Crime and Disorder in British Cities’, Presentation to the Club Health Conference, Santa Eulalia, Spain, 23rd – 25th June 2008 (with Newton, A.D.)
     
  • Hirschfield A. (2008) The Burglary/Target Hardening Relationship. Presentation to the Home Office Burglary Symposium, St. Ermine’s hotel, London, 16th October 2008.
     
  • Hirschfield, A. (2008) Mapping and Analysing Crime Data using GIS Geographical Association 6th Form Conference, James Parsons Building, Liverpool John Moores University 5th March 2008.
     
  • Hirschfield, A. (2007) The governance of student robbery in Manchester. One day conference on student robbery, University of Manchester, 5th September 2007 (with Rogerson,M., and Smithson, H.).
     
  • Hirschfield, A.(2007) ‘Surveillance and Crime Theory: A Framework for the Deployment of New Technology’, International Crime Science Conference, 16th – 17th July 2007, British Library, London.
     
  • Hirschfield, A.(2007) Location ! Location ! Location ! The Importance of Neighbourhoods in Understanding Crime. School of Human and Health Sciences Public lecture, 27th June 2007.
     
  • Hirschfield, A.(2007) ’Evaluating Crime Prevention’, half day Master Class delivered to Wyre Community Safety Partnership, Poulton-Le-Fylde, 27th February 2007.
     
  • Hirschfield, A.(2006) From Geography to Criminology: My Voyage of Discovery. Professorial Inaugural Lecture, Harold Wilson Building, University of Huddersfield, 19th October 2006.
     
  • Hirschfield, A.(2006) ‘Methods for Measuring and Mapping Crime and Disorder in and around Licensed Premises.’ Presentation to the Club Health Conference, Piran, Slovenia, 20th – 22nd September 2006 (Newton, A.D.).
     

     

  • Hirschfield, A. (2006) ‘Business Crime in the North West: Victimization Surveys in Context’ GONW Business Crime Seminar University of Central Lancashire, Harris Knowledge Park, Preston, 26th April 2006.
     
  • Hirschfield,A.(2006) ‘Adding Value to Crime Analysis: Relating Burglary to Burglary Prevention in Manchester’. Yorkshire & Humber Community Safety Regional Researchers’ &Analysts Seminar, Leeds Town Hall, Leeds, 6th April 2006 (Invited plenary)
     
  • Hirschfield, A. (2006)‘Bridging Gaps: Research into Policy and Practice’, Invited Workshop Presentation to the UNESCO International Forum on the Social Science Policy Nexus, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 20th – 24th February, 2006.(with Cullingford, C.)
     
  • Hirschfield, A. (2005) Locating Spatial Analyses of Crime: The Crime Analysis Framework, 8th International Investigative Psychology Conference, The Keyworth Centre, South Bank University, London, 15th-16th December 2005 (Invited Plenary).
     
  • Hirschfield, A. (2005) ‘Exploring the Policy Implications of Social Context of Pathways in Crime Research (SCOPIC).’ American Society of Criminology 57th Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada, 15th-19th November 2005 (with Wilcox, A)
     
  • Hirschfield, A. (2005) A Framework for GIS & Crime Analysis, ’ All Wales Analysts’ Forum, Castle of Brecon Hotel, Becon, Wales, 29th - 30th Sept 2005 (Invited plenary).
     
  • Hirschfield, A. (2005) The Health Impact Assessment of Crime Prevention. The 29th International Congress on Law and Mental Health, 2nd – 8th July 2005, Descartes University, Paris, France.
     
  • Hirschfield, A. (2005) ‘Surveillance and Situational Crime Prevention: Lessons for counter-terrorism’. Invited presentation to the International Seminar on Cross National Comparisons of Interagency Coordination between Health and Law Enforcement Agencies, RTI, Durham, North Carolina, USA. 14th April 2005.
     
  • Hirschfield,A.(2005) ‘A Framework for GIS and Crime Analysis’ Home Office Crime and Justice Theme User's Conference, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, 11th March 2005. Invited presentation.
     
  • Hirschfield, A.(2005) ‘Crime prevention Policy Analysis Tools’, Western Society of Criminology ,Annual Conference Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, 18th – 19th February 2005.

Publications and Other Research Outputs

2015

Jones, A. and Hirschfield, A. (2015) ‘Child- Sensitive Justice for Children of Imprisoned Parents’. In: Child-friendly Justice: A Quarter of a Century of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. : Martinus Nijhoff Publishers. . ISBN 9789004297425

Boduszek, D., Dhingra, K. and Hirschfield, A. (2015) ‘Gang Re-engagement Intentions among Incarcerated Serious Juvenile OffendersJournal of Criminology , 2015. ISSN 2090-777X

2014

Ekblom, P. and Hirschfield, A. (2014) ‘Developing an alternative formulation of SCP principles – the Ds (11 and counting)Crime Science , 3 (1). ISSN 2193-7680

Hirschfield, A. and Armitage, R. (2014) Designing out Crime: Building Safer Communities [Video]

2013

Hirschfield, A., Armitage, R., Ekblom, P. and Roach, J. (2013) ‘Holding the line: The sustainability of police involvement in crime prevention’. In: The Future of Policing. London, UK: Routledge. pp. 299-316. ISBN 9780415821629

Hirschfield, A., Birkin, M., Brunsdon, C., Malleson, N. and Newton, A. (2013) ‘How places influence crime: The impact of surrounding areas on neighbourhood burglary rates in a British CityUrban Studies . ISSN 0042-0980

2012

Batley, R., Rogerson, M., Nellthorp, J., Wardman, M., Hirschfield, A., Newton, A., Shires, J., Monchuk, L., Armitage, R., Sharratt, K., Johnson, D. and Chintakayala, P. (2012) Evaluating measures to improve personal security and the value of their benefits Rail Safety and Standards Board

Hirschfield, A., Christmann, K., Wilcox, A., Rogerson, M. and Sharratt, K. (2012) Process Evaluation of Preventing Violent Extremism Programmes for Young People Youth Justice Board

2011

Hirschfield, A (2011) ‘Reducing Opportunities for Burglary: The Impact of Alley GatesRivista Italiana Della Sicurezza (Italian Journal of Security) , 1, pp. 19-27.

Hirschfield, A (2011) ‘Mapping and Using Crime Data in Criminological Research’. In: Doing Criminological Research. London, UK: Sage Pubications. pp. 108-138. ISBN 9781848606531

2010

Hirschfield, A., Newton, A. and Rogerson, M. (2010) ‘Linking Burglary and Target Hardening at the Property Level: New Insights Into Victimization and Burglary ProtectionCriminal Justice Policy Review , 21 (3), pp. 319-337. ISSN 0887-4034

Hirschfield, A (2010) ‘Framing recommendations from research’. In: COPING Consortium Conference, 15th - 16th September 2010, Iasi, Romania

Hirschfield, A (2010) ‘What can crime prevention tell us about preventing terrorism?’. In: Short Course on Hologrammatic Terrorism: Terrorist Groups' exploitation of Internet and media, 16th - 22nd September 2010, United Nations Interregional Crime Research Institute (UNICRI), Rome, Italy

Hirschfield, A (2010) ‘Exploring guardianship and broken windows in the context of terrorism: how far are there parallels with crime?’. In: ECCA Brisbane: Environmental Criminology and Crime Analysis Symposium 2010, 5th - 7th July 2010, Morton Island, Brisbane, Australia

Newton, A., Hirschfield, A., Sharratt, K. and Rogerson, M. (2010) Building an evidence base on alcohol supply points: A pilot project to generate intelligence for managing areas with licensed premises Alcohol Education Research Council

Hirschfield, A (2010) ‘New Deal for Communities’. In: Encyclopedia of Victimology and Crime Prevention. : Sage Publications. pp. 596-597. ISBN 9781412960472

Hirschfield, A (2010) ‘The Importance of Places in Understanding Crime’. In: Launch event for the University of Huddersfield, Institute for Applied Criminology and Forensic Science (IACFS), 17th March 2010, Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds

Hirschfield, A (2010) ‘It’s Not Just Your Neighbourhood, it’s What’s Next to it That Counts’. In: 9th International Investigative Psychology Conference 2010, 21st - 22nd January 2010, London, UK

2009

Hirschfield, A (2009) ‘A strategic approach to crime against Business: mapping, evaluation and impact’. In: 3rd MITKE International Conference, 27th November 2009, Wakefield, UK

Hirschfield, A (2009) ‘Violence and security in nightlife’. In: Club Health Inaugural Meeting 2009, 15th - 16th September 2009, Ljubljana, Slovenia , pp. 22-23

Foomany, F., Hirschfield, A. and Ingleby, M. (2009) ‘Toward a dynamic framework for security evaluation of voice verification systems’. In: 2009 IEEE Toronto International Conference Science and Technology for Humanity (TIC-STH). Toronto, Canada: IEEE. pp. 22-27.

Hirschfield, A (2009) ‘Policy Analysis in Crime Prevention: A new research frontier?’. In: Brasilia ECCA 2009: Environmental Criminology and Crime Analysis Symposium, 6th - 10th July 2009, Brasilia, Brazil

Newton, A. and Hirschfield, A. (2009) ‘Measuring violence in and around licensed premises: The need for a better evidence baseCrime Prevention and Community Safety: An International Journal , 11 (3), pp. 171-188. ISSN 1460-3780

Newton, A. and Hirschfield, A. (2009) ‘Violence and the night-time economy: A multi-professional perspective. An introduction to the Special IssueCrime Prevention and Community Safety: An International Journal , 11 (3), pp. 147-152. ISSN 1460-3780

2008

Newton, A. and Hirschfield, A. (2008) ‘The UK Licensing Act 2003: Measuring Its Impact on Crime and Disorder in Five Urban Areas’. In: 17th Environmental Criminology and Crime Analysis Symposium, 23rd - 26th July 2008, Anchorage, Alaska

Hirschfield, A. and Newton, A. (2008) ‘The Licensing Act 2003: Measuring its impact on Crime & Disorder in Five English Cities’. In: British Society of Criminology Conference 2008, 9-11 July 2008, University of Huddersfield, UK

Newton, A., Rogerson, M. and Hirschfield, A. (2008) ‘Relating Target Hardening to Burglary Risk: Experiences from LiverpoolPapers from the British Criminology Conference , 8, pp. 153-174. ISSN 1759?0043

Hirschfield, A (2008) ‘Geographical Information Systems’. In: Dictionary of Policing. London, UK: Willan Publishing. pp. 121-122. ISBN 978-1-84392-288-9

Hirschfield, A. and Newton, A. (2008) ‘The Crime-Crime Prevention Relationship: A Manchester Case StudyBuilt Environment , 34 (1), pp. 104-120. ISSN 02637960

Hirschfield, A (2008) ‘Crime mapping’. In: Dictionary of Policing. London, UK: Willan Publishing. pp. 57-59. ISBN 978-1-84392-288-9

Hirschfield, A (2008) ‘The Multi-Faceted Nature of CrimeBuilt Environment , 34 (1), pp. 5-20. ISSN 02637960

Newton, A., Hirschfield, A., Armitage, R., Rogerson, M., Monchuk, L. and Wilcox, A. (2008) Evaluation of Licensing Act: Measuring Crime and Disorder in and around Licensed Premises, Research Study SRG/05/007 Technical Annex prepared for the Home Office University of Huddersfield

Newton, A. and Hirschfield, A. (2008) Evaluation of Licensing Act: Measuring Crime and Disorder in and around Licensed Premises, Research Study SRG/05/007 Supplementary Annex prepared for the Home Office University of Huddersfield

Newton, A., Hirschfield, A., Armitage, R., Rogerson, M., Monchuk, L. and Wilcox, A. (2008) Evaluation of Licensing Act: Measuring Crime and Disorder in and around Licensed Premises, Research Study SRG/05/007 Final Report prepared for the Home Office University of Huddersfield

Newton, A., Hirschfield, A., Armitage, R., Rogerson, M., Monchuk, L. and Wilcox, A. (2008) Evaluation of Licensing Act: Measuring Crime and Disorder in and around Licensed Premises, Research Study SRG/05/007 Annex 1: Blackpool, prepared for the Home Office University of Huddersfield

Newton, A., Hirschfield, A., Armitage, R., Rogerson, M., Monchuk, L. and Wilcox, A. (2008) Evaluation of Licensing Act: Measuring Crime and Disorder in and around Licensed Premises, Research Study SRG/05/007 Annex 3: Croydon, prepared for the Home Office University of Huddersfield

Newton, A., Hirschfield, A., Armitage, R., Rogerson, M., Monchuk, L. and Wilcox, A. (2008) Evaluation of Licensing Act: Measuring Crime and Disorder in and around Licensed Premises, Research Study SRG/05/007 Annex 2: Birmingham, prepared for the Home Office University of Huddersfield

Hirschfield, A (2008) ‘Using intelligence on crime patterns to reduce crime opportunities’. In: New Developments in the Forensic Science of Firearms, 17th March 2008, Huddersfield, UK

Hough, M., Hirschfield, A. and Newton, A. (2008) ‘The Impact of the Licensing Act 2003 on Levels of Crime and Disorder: Evaluation methods. Appendix B Technical ReportHome Office Research Report , 4/08, pp. 1-14. ISSN 1756-3666

Newton, A., Hirschfield, A., Armitage, R., Rogerson, M., Monchuk, L. and Wilcox, A. (2008) Evaluation of Licensing Act: Measuring Crime and Disorder in and around Licensed Premises, Research Study SRG/05/007 Annex 4: Guildford, prepared for the Home Office University of Huddersfield

Newton, A., Hirschfield, A., Armitage, R., Rogerson, M., Monchuk, L. and Wilcox, A. (2008) Evaluation of Licensing Act: Measuring Crime and Disorder in and around Licensed Premises, Research Study SRG/05/007 Annex 5: Nottingham, prepared for the Home Office University of Huddersfield

Newton, A., Armitage, R., Hirschfield, A., Monchuk, L., Rogerson, M., Wilcox, A. and Jacobson, J. (2008) The Impact of the Licensing Act 2003 on Levels of Crime and Disorder: Key Findings of the Blackpool Case Study, prepared for the Home Office King's College London

Newton, A., Armitage, R., Hirschfield, A., Monchuk, L., Rogerson, M., Wilcox, A. and Jacobson, J. (2008) The Impact of the Licensing Act 2003 on Levels of Crime and Disorder: Key Findings of the Birmingham Case Study, prepared for the Home Office King's College London

Jacobson, J., Newton, A., Armitage, R., Hirschfield, A., Monchuk, L., Rogerson, M. and Wilcox, A. (2008) The Impact of the Licensing Act 2003 on Levels of Crime and Disorder: Key Findings of the Nottingham Case Study, prepared for the Home Office King's College London

Newton, A., Armitage, R., Hirschfield, A., Monchuk, L., Rogerson, M., Wilcox, A. and Hunter, G. (2008) The Impact of the Licensing Act 2003 on Levels of Crime and Disorder: Key Findings of the Guildford Case Study, prepared for the Home Office King's College London

Newton, A., Armitage, R., Hirschfield, A., Monchuk, L., Rogerson, M., Wilcox, A. and Hunter, G. (2008) The Impact of the Licensing Act 2003 on Levels of Crime and Disorder: Key Findings of the Croydon Case Study, prepared for the Home Office King's College London

2007

Hirschfield, A. and Wilcox, A. (2007) ‘Pathways into policy: Exploring relationships between research, policy and government.’. In: The fourth annual SCoPiC Conference, 10-11 December 2007, Cambridge, UK

Hirschfield, A (2007) ‘Surveillance from all angles? Some observations and comments’. In: Scottish Institute for Policing Research First Annual Conference, 12 September 2007, Edinburgh, Scotland

Wilcox, A. and Hirschfield, A. (2007) Pathways into policy: a study of the relationship between research, policy and government University of Huddersfield

Wilcox, A. and Hirschfield, A. (2007) A framework for deriving policy implications from research University of Huddersfield

Hirschfield, A (2007) The impact of the reducing burglary initiative in the North of England London, UK: The Home Office

2006

Hirschfield, A (2006) ‘Bridging gaps: research into policy and practice’. In: UNESCO International Forum on the Social Science Policy Nexus, 20th-24th February 2006, Argentina/Uruguay

2005

Hirschfield, A (2005) ‘Locating spatial analyses of crime: the crime analysis framework’. In: 8th International Investigative Psychology Conference, 15th-16th December 2005, London, UK

Hirschfield, A (2005) ‘Analysis for Intervention’. In: Handbook of Crime Prevention and Community Safety. Uffculme, Devon: Willan. pp. 629-673. ISBN 978-1-84392-146-2

Hirschfield, A (2005) ‘Surveillance and situational crime prevention: lessons for counter-terrorism’. In: International Seminar on Cross National Comparisons of Interagency Coordination between Health and Law Enforcement Agencies, 14th April, 2005, North Carolina, USA

2004

Bowers, K., Johnson, S. and Hirschfield, A. (2004) ‘Closing off opportunities for crime: an evaluation of alley-gatingEuropean Journal on Criminal Policy and Research , 10 (4), pp. 285-308. ISSN 0928-1371

Bowers, K., Hirschfield, A. and Johnson, S. (2004) Taking an Analytical Approach to Crime Prevention in NDC Areas Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam

Hirschfield, A (2004) ‘NDC Evaluation crime theme: research findings, policy implications and further work?’. In: NDC Evaluation Conference, 16th September 2004, Sheffield

Hirschfield, A (2004) ‘NDC Evaluation crime theme: research findings and policy implications for 2003/04’. In: NDC Evaluation Workshop, 26th May 2004, Neighbourhood Renewal Unit, ODPM, London

Hirschfield, A (2004) ‘The surveillance network: priorities for the first year’. In: Inaugural Meeting and Launch of the EPSRC Surveillance Network, 8th May 2004, Bristol, UK

Bowers, K., Johnson, S. and Hirschfield, A. (2004) ‘The measurement of crime prevention intensity and its impact on levels of crimeBritish Journal of Criminology , 44 (3), pp. 419-440. ISSN 0007-0955

Hirschfield, A (2004) ‘The health impact assessment of crime prevention’. In: Health impact assessment: concepts, theory, techniques, and applications. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. pp. 341-349. ISBN 9780198526292

Hirschfield, A (2004) ‘Crime, crime prevention and health: how are they linked?’. In: Safer Stockport Partnership Conference, 5th March 2004, Stockport Town Hall, Stockport, UK

Johnson, S., Bowers, K., Jordan, P., Mallender, J., Davidson, N. and Hirschfield, A. (2004) ‘Evaluating Crime Prevention Scheme Success: Estimating 'Outcomes' or How Many Crimes Were PreventedEvaluation , 10 (3), pp. 327-348. ISSN 1356-3890

2003

Hirschfield, A (2003) ‘Technologies for preventing disorder, incivility and vandalism’. In: Launching Crime Science Conference, 24th-25th November 2003, Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science, London

Hirschfield, A (2003) ‘Crime and disorder information systems: theory and practice’. In: 3rd Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, 27th-30th August 2003, Helsinki, Finland

Bowers, K., Johnson, S. and Hirschfield, A. (2003) ‘Alley-gating: measures of effectiveness and recipient satisfaction’. In: 3rd Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, 27th-30th August 2003, Helsinki, Finland

Bowers, K., Johnson, S., Hirschfield, A. and Young, C. (2003) Investigating the Crime Reduction Claims of NDC Partnerships Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University

Hirschfield, A. and Strobl, J. (2003) ‘The rapid health impact assessment of a national initiative to reduce burglary’. In: 6th International Health Impact Assessment Conference, 5th-6th February 2003, Birmingham, UK

Bowers, K., Johnson, S. and Hirschfield, A. (2003) Pushing back the boundaries: new techniques for assessing the impact of burglary schemes London: The Home Office

2002

Bowers, K., Jennings, J. and Hirschfield, A. (2002) ‘The Crime and Disorder Audit Process: A Post-Mortem on the First RoundCrime Prevention and Community Safety: An International Journal , 4 (2), pp. 19-32. ISSN 1460-3780

Johnson, S., Bowers, K. and Hirschfield, A. (2002) ‘Introduction: special issue of Crime Prevention and Community SafetyCrime Prevention and Community Safety: An International Journal , 4 (1), pp. 7-10. ISSN 1460-3780

2001

Hirschfield, A., Johnson, S. and Bowers, K. (2001) Review of major policy developments and evidence base: crime domain Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University (Unpublished)

Johnson, S., Bowers, K., Young, C. and Hirschfield, A. (2001) ‘Uncovering the True Picture: Evaluating Crime Reduction Initiatives Using Disaggregate Crime DataCrime Prevention and Community Safety: An International Journal , 3 (4), pp. 7-24. ISSN 1460-3780

Hirschfield, A., Boardman, S., Douglass, J. and Strobl, J. (2001) The Health Impact Assessment of the Home Office Reducing Burglary Initiative Liverpool: UPERRL (Unpublished)

Hirschfield, A., Yarwood, D. and Bowers, K. (2001) ‘Crime pattern analysis, spatial targeting and GIS: The development of new approaches for use in evaluating community safety initiatives’. In: Regional science in business. London, UK: Springer-Verlag. pp. 323-342. ISBN 9783540417804

Esteem

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)(Dec 2011 - date)
  • Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health (FFPH) (Sept 2006 – date)
  • Visiting Professor, School of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Northumbria, 2009 - 2012
  • Visiting Professor University of Liverpool 2004- 2010
  • Advisory Board Member for the Independent Commission on the Future of Policing led by Lord John Stevens (Jan 2012 - March 2013)
  • Board Member, Yorkshire and Humberside Fraud Forum (2008 - date)
  • Board Member, International Association of Investigative Psychology 2007- date
  • Home Office Senior Academic Adviser to Crime Reduction Director, Government Office North West (Jan 2002 – June 2009)
  • Member of Senate University of Huddersfield 2012 – 2014 (2nd term of office)
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Criminology, Hindawi Publishing Corporation (Apr 2012 - date)
  • Guest Editor, Built Environment, Special Edition on Crime in the City (2008)
  • Guest Co-Editor, Crime Prevention and Community Safety, Special Edition on Violence and the Night Time Economy, 2009
  • External Examiner, Institute of Criminology, University of Malta (2011- date)
  • External Examiner, Masters Degree in Crime Science,Jill Dando Institute, UCL Sep 2007-Oct 2011
  • Associate, Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science, University College London (Mar 2003 – Present)
  • Member of Steering Group for the Design Against Crime Research Centre, Central St. Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts, London (2007- date)
  • Committee Member Association for Geographic Information’s Crime and Disorder Special Interest Group (SIG) 2000 – date
  • Knowledge Transfer Champion, Yorkshire Forward (2006 – 2008)

Peer reviewed papers for: Criminology (2011), Urban Studies(2001, 2011),Environment and Planning B (2003,2005,2011), Papers from the British Criminology conference(2011), Journal of the Academy of Social Sciences (2010), Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling (2006), Security Journal (2005), British Journal of Criminology (2004), Environment and Planning A (2003), Crime Prevention and Community Safety: An International Journal (2009), Home Office (2001,2005,2006,2007) Dept for Education and Skills(2007), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada(2009); Plus paper reviews for Area, Town Planning Review International Journal of Geographical Information Science, Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, Health and Place.

Book Reviews for: Willan (2008), Sage (2011) Taylor and Francis (2003)
Grant reviews for: ESRC (2012) (2011 x 2),(2009), UCL(2008,2010) Research Grants Council of Hong Kong(2005) British Academy (2004), Temple University (2004) Leverhulme Trust (2003,2004), Lottery Fund (2005), EPSRC (2002).

Research Degree Supervision

Recently Completed:

  • Jennifer Thomas: The Impact of Innovations in Ballistic Science on Investigations of Gen Crime (School of Human and Health Sciences Bursary)
  • Farbod Hosseyndoost: Analysis of Voiceprints and Other Biometrics for Criminological and Security Applications(Part Time)
  • Vick Heap: Understanding perceptions of anti-social behaviour: problems and policy responses. (ESRC CASE Award with Home Office)
  • Alina Haines: The Role of Automatic Number Plate Recognition Systems (ANPR) in Post-incident Investigations (University of Huddersfield/West Yorkshire Police)
  • Saviour Formosa: Spatial analysis of temporal criminality evolution: an environmental criminology study of crime in the Maltese Islands

Current:

PhD Director of Studies:

  • Monish Bhatia: Destitution and Exploitation: Asylum Seekers and English Law (University of Huddersfield)
  • Michelle Rogerson: Prospective Identification of Emerging Crime Trends (Part Time)
  • Helen Selby: Youth Disorder (Part Time)
  • Kathryn Simpkins: The time for crime: What temporal analysis can tell us about serial offenders (University of Huddersfield)
  • Howard Atkins (West Yorkshire Police, PT) Homicide and Hindsight – an assessment of historic investigative methodologies and their impact upon subsequent investigative outcomes
  • Janice Formosa Pace (Self funded part time PhD studentship) Intergenerational Continuity in Offending: an approach to the phenomenon in the Maltese Islands
  • Lauren Wray (self funding -full time studentship) - An analysis of the policing of domestic terrorism in the UK with reference to the role of the police and the police officer.
  • Liliana Foca, Children with Imprisoned Parents in Romania: Psycho-social assistance. COPING Scholarship (Full Time - overseas)

PhD Supervisory Committee:

  • Sajida Naz: Psychological Assessment of Police and Security Personnel (University of Huddersfield
  • Maha Al Luhaibi: The extent and nature of, and risk and protective factors in relation to, family functioning and offending among juvenile females in Saudi Arabia (Full Time - overseas)

Potential:

Explaining changes in levels of crime: There is a need to develop a theoretical and methodological framework for explaining both increases and reductions in levels of crime. The focus of this study will be to place crime change into a wider demographic, land use and policy context paying particular attention to the relationship between crime and non-crime policy domains (e.g. regeneration initiatives, economic development, housing and migration)

Indicative Methodology: Crime data analysis, documentary research, face to face interviews.

The Safety of Health Care Delivery Points: Recent years have seen a rise in the number of assaults on front line staff in NHS hospitals and A & E Units. Other service delivery outlets (e.g. GP surgeries, dental practices and community pharmacies) have also been subject to burglaries and theft (e.g. of drugs and equipment). Although costly to the NHS in economic terms, little is known about the impact of these offences on fear of crime and perceptions of safety among NHS staff and patients. This study, which will be jointly supervised by the Applied Criminology Centre and the Centre for Health and Social Care Research, will examine the extent of the problems, their impact on NHS staff and patients’ perception of safety and how far situational crime prevention, social marketing and other interventions might be used to reduce them.

Indicative Methodology: Data analysis, focus groups, face to face interviews, questionnaire survey techniques.

Perceptions of Crime among Policy Makers: Public perceptions of crime are widely canvassed by the British Crime Survey and other surveys. The perceptions of crime among those in positions of power such as elected members of Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships (CDRPs) and Police Authorities is largely unknown. This is despite the fact that the greater involvement of local councillors in decision making is a feature of the CDRP reform process. This study will explore local councillors’ understanding of crime risk and will identify the most common theoretical models of crime causation espoused by them. This will then be used to explore relationships between how they construe ‘crime problems’, their views about how best to tackle them, public perceptions and the evidence from the research literature on ‘what works’ in crime prevention.

Indicative Methodology Questionnaire surveys, face to face interviews, focus groups analysis of secondary data (British Crime Survey, British Social Attitudes Survey).

Mapping crime opportunities: Much of the research on crime hot spots is concerned with identifying spatial and temporal clusters of crime for different types of offence (e.g. burglary, car crime, robbery) using police recoded crime data. However, there is a lack of systematic analysis of the land use and facilities that help to generate these hot spots, the so-called crime generators and crime attractors (e.g. pubs, night clubs, bus stops, take away food outlets, taxi ranks). Using data on land use, facilities and crime from Lancashire and from Vancouver, British Columbia (both of which have excellent data and links with the ACC), this study will produce ‘crime opportunity surfaces’ for the two case study areas and will relate these to the occurrence of crime at different points in time. The scope for reducing crime opportunities will be explored and the implications for land use planning, policing and crime prevention will be identified.

Indicative Methodology Crime and land use data analysis, Geographical Information systems, site visits, and face to face interviews.

Student Safety: Students make a major contribution to the economies of towns and cities with Universities. However, students are often more susceptible to burglary and robbery because of their lifestyle, lack of ‘street wisdom’, possession of high value goods and the insecurity of their accommodation. This study will examine how far it is possible to identify the ‘anatomy of student victimization’ in different cities in terms of offence type, timing and location, repeat victimization, goods stolen and the most common offender Modus Operandi. This will be used to identify relevant agencies for tackling the problem, the role of Universities and appropriate policy interventions. (e.g. social marketing campaigns, preferred routes, target hardening).

Indicative Methodology: Crime data analysis, focus groups, face to face interviews, questionnaire survey techniques.