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Michelle is Senior Lecturer and Associate Director at the Applied Criminology and Policing Centre. She joined the university in 1998 from the Data Archive at the University of Essex. She completed a BA in Sociology at Durham University and an MSc in Social Research Methods at the University of Surrey.

Her PhD research applied innovative computer-aided textual analysis techniques to free text MO descriptions of robbery and theft from the person offences (n~30,000). The analysis identified clear patterns in offence commission and related these to the situational conditions in which the offences took place. The thesis demonstrated that MO fields contain a potential source of intelligence relevant to both practical crime prevention and research, and that it is possible to extract this information despite the challenges inherent in analysing free text.

Michelle’s research interests include the interactions between crime, fear of crime and quality of life, hate crime and offender management and desistance. Michelle has expertise in the statistical analysis of both police recorded crime data and large scale surveys such as the Crime Survey for England and Wales. Michelle has published on subjects including situational crime prevention, fear of crime and quality of life and the analysis of crime and repeat victimisation.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Technology, crime and crime prevention
  • Crime, fear of crime and quality of life
  • Neighbourhood regeneration and crime
  • Repeat victimisation
  • Offender modus operandi
  • Environmental Criminology/ the Geography of Crime
  • Policy Analysis and Evaluation
  • Crime and Technology / Surveillance

Research Degree Supervision

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  • Perceptions and Reactions to Crime
  • Crime and Impact on Communities
  • Situational Crime Prevention
  • Terrorism
  • Statistical Analysis of Police Recorded Data
  • British Crime Survey

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Research Output 2003 2018

  • 6 Article
  • 5 Commissioned report
  • 1 Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary
  • 1 Working paper
1 Citations

Hopes and Fears: Community Cohesion and the ‘White Working Class’ in One of the ‘Failed Spaces’ of Multiculturalism

Thomas, P., Busher, J., Macklin, G., Rogerson, M. & Christmann, K. Apr 2018 In : Sociology. 52, 2, p. 262-281 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
multicultural society
working class
accompanying medium

Factors impacting perceived safety among staff working on mental health wards

Haines, A., Brown, A., McCabe, R., Rogerson, M. & Whittington, R. 5 Sep 2017 In : BJ Psych Open. 3, 5, p. 204-211 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Mental Health
National Health Programs
Principal Component Analysis

Understanding Community Concerns about Community Relations in Calderdale

Thomas, P., Rogerson, M., Busher, J., Christmann, K. & Macklin, G. 2015 48 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Understanding Concerns about Community Relations

Thomas, P., Busher, J., Macklin, G., Rogerson, M. & Christmann, K. 2015 In : Identity papers: A journal of British and Irish studies. 1, 1, p. 66-78 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
group cohesion