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. 

Profile

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. 

Qualifications

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

Research interests

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

Publications

“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 

Contact details:

Email: p.r.betts@pgr.bham.ac.uk