Staff Profiles: Dr. Andrew Stafford

Dr. Andrew Stafford

Staff Profile: Dr. Andrew Stafford
Senior Lecturer in Criminology

Dr. Andrew Stafford

Dr. Andrew Stafford

Senior Lecturer in Criminology

Social Sciences

Andrew is an applied social scientist with expertise in social research methods and realist approaches to research and evaluation.


Andrew is a Senior Lecturer and Academic Course Leader for BSc Criminology. Using realist approaches, his research and evaluation activities examine the contexts, mechanisms, outcomes and impacts of policy and practice in crime reduction, criminal justice and other public policy settings. Andrew’s research has focused on understanding and responding to volume crime, business crime and retail crime, and on tackling crime and improving safety in urban environments through partnership approaches and the management of space. His research activity is designed to consider what works in particular contexts and to identify evidence-based policy and practice.

Andrew has worked with national organisations, police constabularies and business crime reduction partnerships to examine processes and policies, evaluate interventions and design and implement crime reduction measures. Andrew is Chair of the National Business Crime Centre’s BCRP National Standards Governing Board. Prior to joining the University of Gloucestershire, Andrew was a Senior Manager at the Economic and Social Research Council, developing expertise in research funding, programme evaluation, knowledge exchange and research impact, and leading on the ESRC Urban Transformations network and What Works Centre for Crime Reduction commissioning activity.


Award Title Institution Date
PhD Criminology University of Bristol 2013
MSc Research Methods (Crime and Justice) University of Manchester 2007
BSc Social Policy with Criminal Justice Studies University of Plymouth 2006

Membership of professional bodies

British Society of Criminology

Teaching and research


Andrew's teaching is primarily in the areas of quantitative and qualitative research methods and research design, evidence-based policy and practice, crime science and crime reduction.


Undergraduate, Postgraduate


Andrew’s research interests include: understanding and tackling volume crime, business crime and retail crime; space and place management, crime and safety in urban environments; procedural justice; evidence-based approaches to crime reduction and community safety; crime reporting, recording, mapping and data analysis; programme and policy evaluation; realist methodologies and the use of big data.


Completed Supervisions

External responsibilities

Subjects for media interviews

Business crime

Retail crime

Crime and safety in urban environments

Crime prevention and community safety

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