Paul Betts

Theorising Evidence-Based Policing: A Discourse Analysis

Paul BettsSupervisors: Dr Emma Foster and Dr Simon Pemberton

Paul Betts is undertaking doctoral research into the growth of evidence-based policing as a social and political phenomenon. He is using discourse analysis to examine key texts, and post-structural theory, to develop a perspective on the development of evidence-based policing as a policy approach in western democracies. He has recently presented his research via a visiting scholarship at the University of Melbourne, Australia. 


Paul Betts has over 20 years’ experience at a senior level in the UK public sector, principally focused on criminal justice, and most notably on the management of offenders, youth justice, and counter terrorism. Paul is a graduate of the University of Birmingham’s MPA programme and is a regular visiting lecturer at the University. Paul is often invited to speak at conferences at Institutions in the UK and internationally, both on his professional work and his doctoral research. 


  • BA (Hons) Politics & Modern History, University of Manchester (1994)
  • MPA University of Birmingham (2011)

Research interests

  • Social Justice, power, policing, post-structural discourse theory


“Evidence-Based Policing or Policy-Based Evidence-Making? The Case of British Policing” in “Emerging Voices: Critical Social Research by European Group Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers” (2017) edited by Samantha Fletcher and Holly White, London: EG Press, pp. 27- 36 

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