Amy Elliott

Research Assistant – Criminal Justice Partnership

Greenbank Building, GR236

Amy Elliott is a Research Assistant in the Criminal Justice Partnership working across all five strands.

She is currently a PhD student in Applied Social Statistics at Lancaster University. Her thesis is concerned with the patterns and pathways of criminal careers, and develops upon recent ideas in quantitative criminology and associated methodology needed for new analysis of criminal careers. Amy has worked as a Communication and Crime Recording Officer for North Yorkshire Police and interned as a Research Officer in the Crime Patterns team at the Home Office. 

Full Profile

Amy joined UCLan in 2016 as a Research Assistant for the Criminal Justice Partnership working across all five strands:

  • Mental Health and Criminal Justice
  • Social and Restorative Justice
  • Violence and Aggression
  • Youth and Justice
  • Policing

She is currently a 4th year Applied Social Statistics PhD student in the Mathematics and Statistics department at Lancaster University, under the supervision of Professor Brian Francis.

Prior to this, Amy gained a BA(Hons) Criminology in 2010 and a MSc Applied Social Statistics in 2011 from Lancaster University. Her MSc dissertation examined the effects of CCTV in crime reduction, reanalysing data from Hackney and applying a random effect negative binomial regression model.

After graduating, Amy began working for North Yorkshire Police as Communication and Crime Recording Officer. In this role she was responsible for reviewing crime information to ensure it met National Crime Recording Standards (NCRS) and made decisions in relation to reclassification of crimes, recording a no crime, detecting a crime and finalising all crimes.

In 2012, Amy secured an ESRC studentship on the Social Statistics and Advanced Quantitative Methods pathway, and began her PhD in Applied Social Statistics. Her PhD is a comparative analysis of England and Wales and the Netherlands criminal career data, focusing on crime mix patterns and how offenders transit or move from one type of criminal activity to another or into desistance.

Amy also obtained an ESRC funded internship, working as a research analyst for the Home Office Crime Patterns Team. In this role she provided a range of analytical support to the Home Office’s Crime and Policing Group, undertaking a mixture of longer term research projects and short term reactive work.


  • BA(Hons) Criminology – Lancaster University 2010
  • MSc Applied Social Statistics – Lancaster University 2011
  • PhD Applied Social Statistics – Lancaster University exp 2017

Amy is involved in various projects across all 5 strands of the Criminal Justice Partnership and has experience teaching undergraduate Criminology modules.


Elliott, A., Francis, B. J., Soothill, K. L., & Blokland, A. (2017). Changing crime-mix patterns of offending over the life course: a comparative study in England & Wales and the Netherlands. In A. Blokland, & V. van der Geest (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Life-Course Criminology. (Routledge International Handbooks). London: Routledge.

Francis, B. J., Elliott, A., & Weldon, M. (2016). Smoothing group-based trajectory models through B-splines. Journal of Developmental and Life Course Criminology , 2(1), 113-133. DOI: 10.1007/s40865-016-0025-6

Morgan, N., Heap, D., Elliott, A., & Millar, T. (2016). New opiate and crack-cocaine users: characteristics and trends. London: Home Office.



The Annual European Society of Criminology Conference, Munster, September 2016. Presentation title “Using B-splines in group based trajectory models.”

The Annual European Society of Criminology Conference, Prague, September 2014. Presentation title “Changing crime-mix patterns over the life-course: A comparative study in England and Wales, and the Netherlands.”

ESRC Advanced Quantitative Methods Symposium, University of Liverpool, March 2013. Presentation title “Patterns and Pathways of Criminal Careers”

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