Dr Nathan Birdsall

Dr. Nathan Birdsall

Research Associate in Policing

School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

Maudland Building, MB119

+44 (0) 1772 89 3745


Subject Areas: Criminology and Policing

Research associate in policing and criminal investigation. Specialist areas include:

  • Victim and public engagement with the police; and
  • Quantitative data analysis of police and crime data.

He is research active and a member of the ‘UCLan Policing Research Team’

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Nathan completed his PhD in Policing at the UCLan and has subsequently been taken on as a researcher in policing. He is currently a research associate at the University, whilst assisting in the delivery of research methods. His study background includes an undergraduate LLB in Law, an MSc in Counter Terrorism, and a PhD examining victim engagement with the police. He has completed numerous research projects in partnership with Lancashire Constabulary alongside his studies and as part of the UCLan-Lancashire Constabulary research team secondment. Previous projects have covered a variety of topics, including: community engagement with the police; domestic abuse victim engagement with the police investigation; analysing domestic abuse, burglary and violent crime victim satisfaction; and understanding mental health demand.


  • Ph.D. Policing, University of Central Lancashire, 2018
  • M.Sc. Counter Terrorism, 2013
  • LLB. (Hons.) Law, 2012

The Conversation

In July 2018 Nathan co-authored an article on The Conversation about reality TV normalising domestic abuse and how the Criminal Justice System are expected to enforce laws to protect vulnerable people, entitled ‘Love Island and other reality TV shows are helping to normalise domestic abuse’

Nathan co-wrote a further article in August 2019 about predicting where harm is most likely to strike, entitled ‘What’s the most dangerous day of the year? Watch out on these ones’


Birdsall, N., Kirby, S., & McManus, M. (2017). Police-victim engagement in building a victim empowerment approach to intimate partner violence cases. Police Practice and Research, 18(1), 75-86.

External Affiliations

  • Seconded part-time to the Lancashire Constabulary’s Evidence-Based Policing team.
  • Accredited ‘Safe Researcher’ with the Officer of National Statistics.
  • Trained in the use of the UK Data Service Secure Lab, allowing access to confidential national datasets.
  • Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society.

Completed Research Projects

  • Birdsall, N. (2019) Understanding public perceptions from confidence surveys involving Lancashire Constabulary. Preston: University of Central Lancashire in partnership with Lancashire Constabulary.
  • Birdsall, N. (2019) Victim satisfaction with Lancashire Constabulary: An analysis of domestic abuse, burglary and violent crime. Preston: University of Central Lancashire in partnership with Lancashire Constabulary.
  • Birdsall, N. (2019) Understanding mental health demand within the Lancashire Constabulary. Preston: University of Central Lancashire in partnership with Lancashire Constabulary.

Completed Research Projects (Cont.)

  • Coleman, R., Kirby, S., Birdsall, N., Cox, C. & Boulton, L. (2018) Policing and wellbeing project: Blue Light Wellbeing Framework. Preston: University of Central Lancashire.
  • Kirby, S., McKeown, M., Duxbury, J., Birdsall, N., Metcalfe, L. & Cooper, E. (2018) The Cumbria Multi-Agency Assessment and Crisis Service (MACAS) evaluation report. Preston: University of Central Lancashire. 
  • Birdsall, N., McManus, M., Brian, D., & Boulton, L. (2015) Surveying Lancashire: expectations and experiences of Lancashire Constabulary and its associated partners. Preston: University of Central Lancashire.