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University Challenge: researching COVID-19

EMPAC is pleased to report here on new social scientific research that is certainly stepping up to the challenge facing us all because of the COVID -19 pandemic. Nottingham Trent University Associate Professor Loretta Trickett is leading on new cutting-edge research to understand the impact of  COVID-19 on community cohesion…

Update on violence reduction research

EMPAC is able to update here on the latest on the research in violence reduction, led by the University of Leicester. Leicester were able to secure research funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to establish a Violence Reduction Information Network (VRIN), and had started to work with…

Transdisciplinarity in policing research: the horizontal nexus

Professor Alexander Dunlop Lindsay, once Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, was vocal about the limitations of academic disciplines digging themselves into vertical furrows, in the pursuance of ‘more and more about less and less’. It is that very single-track partisanship of the specificity of individual disciplines that EMPAC challenges…

Understanding Demand: research and innovation update

Nottingham Trent University hosted the most recent EMPAC event on Force Management Statements (FMS) understanding demand in February 2020. Professors Peter Kawalek, Darren Smith (both of Loughborough University) and Mark Lemon (of De Montfort University) gave inputs to stimulate discussion on place-based approaches, as a way to both understand and…

New analyst posts at Northamptonshire Police

EMPAC is pleased to report that Northamptonshire Police are recruiting for two new analysts. The first one is a Research and Evaluation Analyst and the second is a Strategy and Engagement Analyst. Both jobs can be applied for via the link below:- https://mfss.taleo.net/careersection/mfss-external+northamptonshire+police+bu/jobsearch.ftl?lang=en&portal=20505020159 EMPAC wishes anyone applying the best of…

Violence Reduction Information Network for the East Midlands

EMPAC is pleased to report on a Violence Reduction Information Network (VRIN) being developed in the region, hosted at the University of Leicester.  Following on from the announcement of a successful bid to the ESRC IAA Strategic fund last year, the University of Leicester is making good progress in setting…

Democratising knowledge: the impossible dream?

In this digital age many feel they are saturated with data; and it’s not always good data. We have ever increasing sources it’s true and 5G will grow that volume even more. We have so-called fake news, real news, fake facts, real facts, my evidence and your evidence. There’s a…

Exploratory research looks forward

There has been a lot of focus, through ‘what works’,  on experimental research methods. Such approaches are confirmatory – in that they look to prove or disprove a point through large data sets using randomised control trials for example. These make a very important contribution, to objectively justify investment or…

When arresting is not enough: interprofessional practice and koinagogy

New action research from the midlands looks set to shake up a new generation of inter-professional practice like never before. For many years it’s often been said that policing can’t arrest its way out of deeply rooted social situations. Multi-agency problem solving has been advocated for a long time and…

The deductive paradox: finding what you look for

EMPAC is hugely supportive of practitioner research, for many reasons. Firstly, professional context is effectively ‘built-in’, meaning there is usually high relevance to real-word professional problems.   Secondly, the motivation is usually to make a difference rather than simply observe and theorise, meaning impact and application are likely to be stronger.  Thirdly, it…