Prof. Stuart Kirby

Professor of Policing and Criminal Investigation

School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

Maudland Building, MB62

+44 (0) 1772 89 4176

Subject Areas: Criminology and Policing

Stuart worked with the Lancashire Constabulary, in various roles, retiring as Detective Chief Superintendent in charge of the Specialist Crime & Operations Division. Following his PhD on the subject of child sex offenders (1993), he was used as an accredited offender profiler across the UK. Upon leaving the Police, Stuart went to Lancaster University (Criminology), where for the past 7 years he taught and researched the areas of policing, organised crime, crime reduction and investigation. Stuart moved to UCLan in September 2015.

Stuart is a Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society AFBPsS and a Member of the British Criminology Society.

Full Profile

  •  1988 - B.Sc. (hons) Psychology (Lancaster).
  • 1993 - Ph.D. Investigative Psychology (Surrey)
  • 1995 - C. Psychol. (Chartered psychologist - BPS).
  • 1998 – Diploma in Police Management (National Police Training College).
  • 2008 – Certificate in Academic Practice (CAP1)

Stuart's first career was with the Lancashire Constabulary (1997-2007) and his service was divided between uniform and detective posts. His last three roles were: Divisional Commander covering the Lancaster & Wyre areas (2000-2003); Acting Assistant Chief Constable (Operations) (2002); and Divisional Commander of the Specialist Crime and Operations Division (2003-2007). During Stuart's period with the police he was commended on a number of occasions and acted as a nationally accredited: hostage negotiator; behavioural investigative advisor (offender profiler); firearms commander; football stadium commander; homicide senior investigating officer; and was also trained and deployed in command of serious incidents, including terrorism and organised crime. He also sat on UK committees for homicide and forensic science and was used in national reviews of crime reduction and community safety, winning annual Home Office policing awards on two separate occasions.

On leaving the Police, Stuart became a lecturer (and senior lecturer) at Lancaster University, where he taught and researched Criminology. His areas of interest are Policing, organised crime, the reduction and investigation of crime. Stuart has, and continues to be, involved in research on these issues, with law enforcement agencies as well as local and national government. He has also been involved in the training of police officers from the UK and other countries including: China, India, UAE, Netherlands, Canada, and USA.

In the past 5 years Stuart has published 14 articles in peer reviewed journals; 2 government peer reviewed articles / pamphlets; 1 book monograph; 1 book chapter; and 20 articles for practitioner magazines.

Stuart had an article published in June 2018 in The Conversation about the government’s plan to recruit and develop new graduates into police detectives with a 12-week training course, entitled ‘Can university graduates really become police detectives in 12 weeks? The jury’s still out’.

Stuart also had an article published in July 2018 in The Conversation about violence and sport, specifically football, entitled ‘If England gets beaten, so will she – the link between World Cup and violence explained’.

Research Activities

Organised Crime, Crime Reduction evaluation, Drug & Alcohol studies

External Affiliations and Roles

Judge for the annual Goldstein International Awards for Problem Oriented Policing.



Kirby, S. & Peal, K. (2015) The changing pattern of domestic cannabis cultivation in the UK and its impact on the cannabis market, Journal of Drug Issues, 45 (3), 279-292

Kirby, S., Francis, B., Flaherty, R. (2014) Can the FIFA world cup football (soccer) tournament be associated with an increase in domestic abuse? Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 51(3), 259-276.

Kirby, S. (2013) Police effectiveness: Implementation in theory and practice. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.

Scott, M.S. & Kirby, S. (2012) Implementing POP: Leading, Structuring, and Managing a Problem-Oriented Police Agency. Washington: Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, US Dept. of Justice.