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Dr Daniel Ash

Senior Lecturer in Criminology

My research focuses on applying theory to criminal justice problems in ways that make a real difference in people’s lives.


I am a criminologist at the University of Gloucestershire (UoG) and visiting professor of police practice at the University of East London (UEL). I lecture mainly in criminological theory and methods. I am the Sociology (UoA21) Research Excellence Framework (REF) lead for UoG. Previously, I served for twenty years as a police officer and senior researcher.

My research interests are primarily in the areas of policing practice & policy as well as interdisciplinary work involving the police, including the management of domestic abuse. My other research interests are in youth crime and justice – particularly in understanding how behaviour links with criminality.

I particularly seek to find new ways of applying interesting methodologies and perspectives to criminal justice problems e.g. classic grounded theory; Marxist theory; Bourdieusian theory; inter alia. I also have a niche interest in the application of mathematical theory and data science to criminological and criminal justice research.

Research supervision: I am able to take on new PhD and Master’s by Research students in the areas of criminal justice practice and policy, youth crime, and multi-agency public working. I am currently seeking both criminology and data science PhD students who might be interested in working on a multi-disciplinary youth knife crime project – combining data scientific techniques with qualitative criminological approaches. If you are a prospective research student and would like to discuss any potential research proposal, please contact me.


  • Doctor of criminology and criminal justice (DCrim), Keele University
  • BSc (Hons) Open (in pure mathematics), The Open University
  • BSc Open (in humanities and mathematics), The Open University.


  • Chief Supt. Commendation (Northants police), Leadership, 2013
  • Chief Supt. Commendation (Northants police), Professionalism and Leadership, 2013
  • Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal – for services to policing, 2012
  • Crown Court Judge’s Commendation – Professionalism (policing), 2007.


  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Associate Member of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (AMIMA).

Teaching & Research


Current funded research projects include a Home Office project exploring domestic abuse homicide; restorative justice practice and policy in the Metropolitan Police Service; knife crime in Northamptonshire; Children and Families Affected by Domestic Abuse (CAFADA).

I am currently developing a research project that uses participatory data collection and analysis techniques to explore youth knife crime policing from multidimensional perspectives (i.e. from the view of the community; offenders; victims; police; policymakers; etc). The project will seek to find new ways of developing effective police and public policies through participatory approaches.


More publications from Dr Daniel Ash can be found in the Research Repository.

External responsibilities

  • Ambassador for the Police Innovation, Enterprise and Learning (PIEL) collaboration – a transnational network of expert policing researchers
  • Vice President of the International Police Executive Symposium (IPES) New York Annual Conference
  • External Examiner – Sheffield Hallam University (policing studies)
  • Editor – IPES Journal.