Dr Nathan Birdsall

Dr. Nathan Birdsall

Postdoctoral research assistant

School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

Maudland Building, MB119

+44 (0) 1772 89 3745

Subject Areas: Criminology and Policing

Postdoctoral research assistant in policing and criminal investigation - specialising in victim and public engagement with the police.

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Nathan has recently completed his PhD in Policing at the University of Central Lancashire. He is currently a postdoctoral research assistant at the University, whilst also assisting in the lecturing of research methods. His study background includes a degree in Law and a Master’s in Counter Terrorism, and has completed research projects in partnership with Lancashire Constabulary alongside his studies. The projects have examined community engagement with the police and domestic abuse victim engagement with the Constabulary. His thesis focused on an alternative approach in responding to domestic abuse victims, with a specific focus on developing an assessment for the early identification of victim cooperation/withdrawal in the police investigation.

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’.

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



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.