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j.roach@hud.ac.uk | 01484 473842


  • Reader in Crime and Policing, Division of Criminology, Politics and Sociology, Department of Behavioural and Social Sciences, School of Human and Health Sciences, University of Huddersfield, August 2012 - present.
  • Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Division of Criminology, Politics and Sociology, Department of Behavioural and Social Sciences, School of Human and Health Sciences, University of Huddersfield, August 2005 - July 2012.
  • Police Lecturer/Trainer, Home Office Crime Reduction College, Easingwold, North Yorkshire April 2003- August 2005.
  • Crime Analyst, Home Office Crime Reduction Team, Government Office North-West, Manchester, December 2001- April 2003.
  • Associate Lecturer (Psychology), Open University, September 2002- July 2005 (part-time).
  • Research Assistant (and Lecturer in Psychology) in Department of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology, University of Manchester. October 2000-December 2001.

Research and Scholarship

University research group memberships

I am currently a member of the Institute for Research in Citizenship and Applied Human Sciences and the Applied Criminology Centre.

Research interests

I am particularly interested in; police and offender decision-making

  • Criminal investigative practice (including the emotional and cognitive effect on SIO’s)
  • Evidence-Based Policing
  • Violent crime, violent offenders, and terrorism
  • Self-Selection Policing
  • Using ‘nudge’ psychology to reduce crime
  • Evolutionary psychology and understanding crime and criminal behaviour

Current and recently completed research projects include:

  • 2015 - Evaluation of VIPER projects. Funded by the Office for the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire.
  • 2015 - The cognitive and emotional effect of suspicious child death on criminal investigators. ACPO, Child Death sub-group.
  • 2015 - Reducing burglary in Leeds using ‘nudge psychology’. Funded by West Yorkshire Police.
  • 2015 - The criminal careers of disqualified drivers. West Midlands Police (Solihull).
  • 2015 - Self-selection policing and minor driving offences. West midlands Police (Solihull).
  • 2013 - Developing a tool to measure feelings of safety from crime. Funded by the Office for the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire.
  • 2013 - Knowledge and training needs of crime analysts. With Canterbury Christ Church University and funded by the College of Policing. (completed).
  • 2012 - ‘How Long Interval Detection Homicides can be best used to enhance current investigative practice by detectives’. This work is kindly being supported by the ACPO Homicide Working Group (completed).
  • 2011 - ‘Homicide in West Yorkshire 1979-2008’. Funded by West Yorkshire Police's Homicide and Major Enquiry Team (completed).
  • 2010 - ‘A study of false detail giving to police’. Funded by Durham Constabulary (completed).

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Pease, K. and Roach, J. (2017) ‘How to morph experience into evidence’. In: Advances in Evidence-Based Policing. Abingdon, Oxford: Routledge. pp. 84-97. ISBN 978-1138698734

Roach, J., Cartwright, A. and Sharratt, K. (2017) ‘The effects of investigating homicide on police investigatorsThe Journal of Investigating Child Death , 3 (1), pp. 38-49.

Roach, J (2017) ‘Self-selection Policing and the Disqualified DriverPolicing: a Journal of Policy and Practice . ISSN 1752-4520


Roach, J., Weir, K., Phillips, P., Gaskell, K. and Walton, M. (2016) ‘Nudging down theft from insecure vehicles. A pilot studyInternational Journal of Police Science and Management . ISSN 1461-3557

Roach, J. and Pease, K. (2016) Self-Selection Policing: Theory, Research and Practice . London, UK: Springer. ISBN 978-1-137-46851-2

Roach, J., Cartwright, A. and Sharratt, K. (2016) ‘Dealing with the Unthinkable: a Study of the Cognitive and Emotional Stress of Adult and Child Homicide Investigations on Police InvestigatorsJournal of Police and Criminal Psychology . ISSN 0882-0783

Roach, J (2016) ‘No Necrophilia Please, We’re British’. In: Understanding Necrophilia. A Global, Multidisciplinary Approach. San Diego, California, USA: Cognella. pp. 89-103. ISBN 978-1-62131-xx-x

Cartwright, A., Roach, J., Wood, H. and Wood, P. (2016) ‘Mental Health Malingering and the Fraudulent Motor Insurance ClaimantOpen Access Journal of Forensic Psychology , 8. ISSN 1948-5115


Cartwright, A. and Roach, J. (2015) ‘Fraudulently Claiming Following a Road Traffic Accident: A Pilot Study of UK Residents’ AttitudesPsychiatry, Psychology and Law , pp. 1-16. ISSN 1321-8719

Roach, J., Pease, K. and Sanson, C. (2015) ‘Terrorism’s Footprint of Fear’. In: Evolutionary Psychology and Terrorism. : Routledge. pp. 163-182. ISBN 9781138774582

Taylor, M., Roach, J. and Pease, K. (2015) ‘What has evolution got to do with terrorism?’. In: Evolutionary Psychology and Terrorism. : Routledge. pp. 1-17. ISBN 978-1-138-77458-2

Atkin, H. and Roach, J. (2015) ‘Spot the difference: Comparing current and historic homicide investigations in the UKJournal of Cold Case Review , 1 (1), pp. 5-21.

Roach, J. and Bryant, R. (2015) ‘Child homicide: generating victim and suspect risk profilesJournal of Criminal Psychology , 5 (3), pp. 201-215. ISSN 2009-3829


Roach, J (2014) ‘The Devil and the Detail. Local Analysis of Homicide for Investigators and Policy MakersJournal of Homicide and Major Incident Investigation , 9 (1), pp. 86-102.


Roach, J. and Pease, K. (2013) ‘Evolutionary Perspectives on Crime Prevention’. In: Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice. London, UK: Springer-Verlag. pp. 1447-1454. ISBN 9781461456919

Mclean, M., Roach, J. and Armitage, R. (2013) ‘Local variations in reporting deaths to the coroner in England and Wales: a postcode lottery?Journal of Clinical Pathology , 66 (11), pp. 933-936. ISSN 0021-9746

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

Roach, J. and Pease, K. (2013) Evolution and Crime . Crime Science Series. London, UK: Routledge. ISBN 978-1-84392-391-6

Roach, J. and Pease, K. (2013) ‘Police overestimation of criminal career homogeneityJournal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling . ISSN 1544-4759


Roach, J (2012) ‘Terrorists, affordance and the over-estimation of offence homogeneity’. In: Terrorism and Affordance. : Bloomsbury. pp. 141-156. ISBN 9781441133816

Roach, J (2012) ‘Terrorists, affordance and the over-estimation of offence homogeneity’. In: Terrorism and Affordance. London: Continuum. . ISBN 9781441133816

Roach, J., Alexander, R. and Pease, K. (2012) ‘Signal Crimes and Signal PolicingThe Police Journal , 85 (2), pp. 161-168. ISSN 0032-258X

Roach, J (2012) ‘Long Interval Detections and Under the Radar OffendersJournal of Homicide and Major Incident Investigation , 8 (1), pp. 20-38.


Roach, J. and Pease, K. (2011) ‘Evolution and the Prevention of Violent CrimePsychology , 2 (4), pp. 393-404. ISSN 2152-7180

Roach, J (2011) ‘Bobbies on the beat: Why more doesn’t necessarily mean less and why less doesn’t necessarily mean morePolice Professional .

Roach, J., Pease, K. and Clegg, k. (2011) ‘Stars in Their Lies: How Better to Identify People Who Give False Dates of Birth to PolicePolicing: a Journal of Policy and Practice , 5 (1), pp. 56-64. ISSN 1752-4520


Roach, J (2010) ‘Home is where the heart lies? A study of false address giving to policeLegal and Criminological Psychology , 15 (2), pp. 209-220. ISSN 1355-3259

Clegg, K. and Roach, J. (2010) ‘Identifying serial offenders from the dates and times of their crimesPolice Professional .


Roach, J. and Pease, K. (2008) ‘Necropsies and the Cold Case’. In: Criminal Investigative Failures. Boca Raton: CRC Press. pp. 327-348. ISBN 9781420047516


Roach, J (2007) ‘HO/RT1culture: Cultivating police use of Home Office Road Traffic 1 form to identify active serious offendersInternational Journal of Police Science and Management , 9 (4), pp. 357-370. ISSN 1461-3557

Roach, J (2007) ‘Offender Self-Selection: Bringing Covert and Overt Policing TogetherCovert Policing Review , 1 (1), pp. 19-24. ISSN 1750-0567

Roach, J (2007) ‘Those who do big bad things also usually do little bad things: identifying active serious offenders using offender self-selectionInternational Journal of Police Science and Management , 9 (1), pp. 66-79. ISSN 1461-3557


Roach, J. and Pease, K. (2006) ‘DNA evidence and police investigations: a health warningPolice Professional , 52.


Roach, J., Ekblom, P. and Flynn, R. (2005) ‘The conjunction of terrorist opportunity: a framework for diagnosing and preventing acts of terrorismSecurity Journal , 18 (3), pp. 7-25. ISSN 0955-1662


Roach, J (2004) ‘From major to minor: the case for offender self-selectionPolice Professional , 50.

Max, M. and Jason, R. () ‘Cognitive bias and criminal investigationsThe Investigator .


  • Chartered Psychologist , British Psychological Society. Awarded July 2009.
  • Honorary Lecturer in Crime Science. Jill Dando Institute for Crime Science, University College London. Awarded initially in 2009 and re-awarded bi-annually.
  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. Awarded September 2011.
  • Regular peer reviewing of papers for 7 different academic journals.
  • Regular reviewer of book proposals and books for several publishers (e.g. Routledge, Palgrave).
  • I have organised two successful conferences for academics and practitioners on the topic of child homicide investigation (2011 and 2015).
  • I recently delivered 3 invited lectures in February 2015 at the University of California (Irvine) and Alliant International University (California).
  • I have appeared on BBC Radio Four, Radio Leeds and have written crime and policing related articles for the Times and Yorkshire Post. I have also advised on the making of several crime related TV documentaries.

Select of recent Keynote and Invited Speaker papers

  • Roach, J. (2015). ‘Use not ornament’. Guest Speaker at Canterbury Christchurch University, September 2015.
  • Roach J. (2015). Practical Psychology for Policing. Society for Evidence-Based Policing Annual Conference, April 2015, Manchester.
  • Roach, J. (2015). ‘Practical psychology for policing’. University of California (Irvine) and Alliant International University (California), February, 2015.
  • Roach J., and Pease, K. (2013). Address to the Scottish Police Federation. Avimore.
  • Roach, J. (2012). ‘Cold Cases, Long Interval Detection Homicides and the Preservation of Investigative practice’. The Association of Chief Police Officers Homicide Working Group, Hampshire (January 2012).
  • Roach, J. (2012). ‘Long Interval Detections and the Preservation of the Homicide Detective’. Investigating Homicide Symposium, University of Huddersfield (January 2012).
  • Roach, J. and Pease, K. (2012). ‘Police Officer Numbers and Crime Rates. A Naive Equation’. The Scottish Police Federation Annual Conference, Aviemore (April 2012).

Research Degree Supervision

I am interested in supervising projects which focus on;

  • Evidence-Based Policing
  • Police and criminal decision-making
  • Criminal investigative practice
  • Terrorism and violent crime
  • Homicide (including child killing and cold case reviews)
  • Self-Selection Policing
  • Using nudge psychology to reduce crime

Current postgraduate research supervisions

  • PhD - I currently supervise and co-supervise eight PhD students.
  • MRes - I currently supervise three Masters research students

To date, I have supervised two students to successful PhD completions and three to successful MRes completions. I have been the external examiner for two PhDs and one MRes, and have been internal examiner for three PhDs and one MRes.

Postgraduate research opportunities with Dr Jason Roach


MSc by Research


MSc by Research

Administrative Responsibilities

  • I am the Director of the Crime and Policing Group, which I set up in 2011 to provide the University with a sharper policing research focus.
  • I am on the steering group for the new Secure Societies Institute.
  • I am a member of the REF 2020 planning panel for the School.
  • I am a member of the School Board.

Teaching and Professional Activities

At Huddersfield, as a founder member of the Criminology team that developed the curriculum for the Criminology BSc (Hons), I have devised, developed, written (or co-written), delivered and assessed the following Criminology BSc (Hons) modules:

  • Introduction to Crime and Disorder (Year 1)
  • Introduction to Crime Reduction (Year 1)
  • Research Methods (Year 1)
  • Key Ideas (Year 2)
  • White Collar and Organised Crime (Year 2)
  • Violent Crime (Year 2)Justifying Crime Reduction (Year 2)
  • Investigating the Social World (Year 2)
  • Global Terrorism and Society (Year 3)
  • Profiling and Investigating Serious Crime (Year 3)
  • Key Issues in Criminology (Year 3)
  • Final Year Project (Year 3)
  • Crime, Conflict and the Citizen (MSc)

I am Module Leader for (and principal writer and assessor of):

  • HHB1051 Profiling and Investigating Serious Crime (BSc Criminology, BSc Psychology and BSc Psychology with Criminology).
  • HIB1024 Violent Crime (BSc Criminology).
  • HIB1051 Police and Policing (BSc Criminology).

Other teaching commitments have included:

  • Supervision of students for Final Year Project (BSc Criminology).
  • Teaching students on the Investigative Psychology MSc.
  • Contributing to 'Employability/ Transferable Skills' Working Group for the restructuring of criminology within the University (2010).
  • Encouraged and assisted PhD students, Masters students and Research Assistants in gaining teaching experience.