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USW Academics

Professor Christian Kaunert

Professor Dr Christian Kaunert, the Director of the International Centre for Policing and Security and current Jean Monnet Chair in Policing and Counter-Terrorism in Europe, leads the Terrorism and Security Research at the Centre. Professor Kaunert is an expert on counter-terrorism having researched and published widely. 

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Professor Dr Colin Rogers leads the Policing Research strand. A former police inspector with South Wales Police with 30 years' service, Professor Rogers' areas of expertise include community safety partnerships, situational crime prevention, the future of policing, police education and also police governance and accountability. 

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Brian Blakemore, Associate Head of Community Care
Research interests: Evaluation of policing activities, strategies, campaigns, working practices and recruitment; the role of higher education in the development of a professional police service; policing cyber terror and extremism, and environmental economics.

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Dr James Gravelle, Dean of the Faculty of Health, Sport and Professional Practice
Research interest: Tasking Demand Management Units , community intelligence and the use of volunteers.

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Professor Peter Vaughan, QPM, Director of Strategic Projects for Policing and Security. Peter is the former Chief Constable of South Wales Police. He oversees an experienced group of police researchers, academics and practitioners at the Centre as well as leading the University’s partnership development with police forces across Wales and the UK.

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Dr Ethem Ilbiz, Marie Curie Fellow
Research interests: Europol’s fight against cybercrime in the context of Uberization. Dr Ilbiz is the principal officer of the TUECS project.

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Dr Joana de Deus Pereira, Marie Curie Fellow
Research interests: how and to what extent the security industry shapes the European migration policy. 


Dr Eyene Okpanachi, Marie Curie Fellow
Research interests: the challenges of return migration in Africa in the age of complex emergencies and multi-level governance systems in Ethiopia and Nigeria.

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Ori Wertman is a research assistant and PhD candidate at USW, and an adjunct researcher at the National Security Studies Center at the University of Haifa, Israel.
His research interests include Arab Israeli conflict; international relations; counter terrorism; securitization theory; Israeli politics. Ori writes a regular blog for The Times of Israel. See Ori's Google Scholar profile.

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Professor Ian Pepper, Professor in Policing

Ian is a former principal lecturer, senior lecturer, police trainer, Crime Scene Investigator (CSI) and fingerprint officer. With regional, national and international research interests focused on police higher education, volunteers within policing, employability and crime scene investigation, Ian has authored a number of books and journal articles. Ian is a member of the International Association for Identification, The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

USW Academics

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Professor Sarah Leonard, Professor in International Security

Prof Leonard has significant research experience in terrorism and counter-terrorism, as well as border management and migration. She has taught international security, migration, border security, asylum and migration, European Union and many other topics and has published widely in this area.

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Helen C Martin, Head of Subject, Policing and Criminology
Research interests: immigrants and their perceptions and expectations; student safety and security.

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Daniel Welch, Lecturer and PhD candidate
Research interests: victim satisfaction and domestic abuse in Wales.

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Hannah Coombs served as an operational police officer for thirteen years, performing several roles including response and neighbourhood policing; training and education of new recruits and the delivery of College of Policing’s pre-join curriculum. 

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Dr Gareth Cuerden, Senior Lecturer
Research interests: reporting hate crime and removing the barriers to hate crime reporting.

Jay Dave

Jay Dave, Lecturer and consultant, is the former Superintendent of South Wales Police and one of South Wales Police’s most senior ethnic minority officers. He has extensive experience of operational planning, counter terrorism and emergency planning.

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Mike Edwards, Senior Lecturer
Research interests: Counterterrorism legislation and policy; digital intelligence and investigations; intelligence and security operations; risk and security management 

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Allison Turner, Lecturer in Policing and Security
Research interests: the impact of the new policing degree upon police culture.

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Clive Perry, Part Time Lecturer
Research interests: community safety and staff development.

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Huw Smart, Part Time Lecturer

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Dr Dean Whitcombe, Simulation Suite/Hydra Operator

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Charles Hawkins, Technical Instructor of Simulation and Hydra Minerva

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Roger Phillips, Lecturer in Policing and Security
Research interests: roads policing and police pursuits.

Visiting Profs / Fellows

Research students

  • Sarah Greening, PhD: Assess the Role of Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) Within Current International Methods of Community Policing
  • Nick McLain, PhD: The Relationship Between Policing Activity and Public Confidence in the Police: A Case Study of Gwent Police
  • Shiraz Hassan, PhD: An Analysis of Turkish Foreign Policy Paradigms -From Former Western Centrism to Middle Eastern and Asian Centric Polity
  • Daniel Welch, PhD: A Critical Evaluation of Police Policy Implementation and Victim Satisfaction of Domestic Abuse in Wales
  • Julia Williams, PhD: Criminal exploitation and the trajectories of missing young people.
  • Co-supervised with Dr Cheryl Allsop and Dr Helen Jones, Centre for Criminology
  • William Kingsberry, Masters by Research:  The human impact of continual resource reduction projects on the PSNI operational policing model within the Belfast policing district: A critical examination of 'value' perceptions by front line officers
  • Lauren Griffin, Masters by Research: The Black Lives Matter Movement: A Policing Perspective in Gwent
  • Courtney Childs, Phd: A Critical Examination of the Use of Police Special Constables in the COVID-19 Pandemic