School of Forensic and Applied Sciences
Maudland Building, MB119
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Subject Areas: Criminology and Policing
Research associate in policing and criminal investigation. Specialist areas include:
He is research active and a member of the ‘UCLan Policing Research Team’
After being awarded his PhD in 2018 for a thesis examining victim engagement with the police, Nathan has been taken on as research associate in the Policing Department at UCLan. He is responsible for working on a variety of research projects that generate approximately £100,000 turnover per annum; whilst also assisting in the delivery research methods, inter-disciplinary training sessions and the supervision of Undergraduate, Masters, and PhD/Professional Doctoral students. He is vetted and seconded part-time to the Evidence Based Police (EBP) department of Lancashire Constabulary, providing consultancy and research support directly to the force. This work, often based on force priorities and interest from key stakeholders, has previously covered topics such as: Community engagement; domestic abuse; mental health policing; officer wellbeing; sextortion; staff engagement; stop and search; victim engagement; and, victim satisfaction.
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.