Dr. Lauren Metcalfe

Post-Doctoral Research Assistant

School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

Maudland Building, MB126

+44 (0) 1772 89 4337

Subject Areas: Criminology and Policing

Lauren is a member of staff in the UCLan Policing Research Team within the Policing department.



Full Profile

Having completed her undergraduate degree at UCLan, Lauren went on to undertake her Masters and Doctorate at the university. For her Ph.D research, Lauren worked with Lancashire Constabulary, conducting research on the nature of gang-related gun crime in Preston; assessing the complexities of the issue, profiling the individuals involved and working towards a greater understanding for more effective preventative measures in the future.

Joining the Policing Research Team as a staff member in May 2016, Lauren now actively undertakes and supports research projects in conjunction with a number of police forces and multi-agency partnerships in the North West of England. Lauren also works on combined projects with the UCLan Criminal Justice Partnership. As part of these activities Lauren enthusiastically participates in and promotes evidence-based policing research.

Lauren has also undertaken a volunteering role for a number of years with Victim Support and therefore, has a strong interest in the victim experience of crime and the criminal justice system, along with an interest in the support services available to victims.


  • Ph.D in Policing, University of Central Lancashire, 2016
  • M.Sc Criminal Investigation, University of Central Lancashire, 2012
  • B.Sc (Hons.) Police and Criminal Investigation, University of Central Lancashire, 2011


Boulton, L., McManus, M., Metcalfe, L., Brian, D. & Dawson, I. (2016). Calls for police service: Understanding the demand profile and the UK police response. The Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles [Online] pp.1-16.

External Affiliations and Roles

Support Volunteer with Victim Support


Research activities

Lauren has a keen interest in all areas of policing and evidence based policing with particular research interests in:

  • Criminal use of firearms
  • Gangs and organised crime groups
  • Offender characteristics and offending histories
  • Police cultures and practices
  • Police demand
  • Victim experience and victim support services

Teaching activities and responsibilities

Provides teaching support to the Policing and Criminal Investigation B.Sc (Hons.)


POLCON5 Conference, held at Teesside University, 3rd- 4th April 2014, Oral presentation delivered on “Policing gang and gun crime in Preston: an academic and police collaboration”.