Professor Siddhartha Bandyopadhyay

Professor Siddhartha Bandyopadhyay

The Department of Economics
Professor of Economics

Contact details

Room 2133, University House
University of Birmingham
Birmingham, UK
B15 2TT

Siddhartha is an internationally recognised economist in the field of political economy and public policy. He was the recipient of the Duncan Black prize awarded by the Public Choice Society in 2015 for his work on the electoral incentives of prosecutors with Bryan McCannon. His work on political coalitions has been published in internationally leading journals and has been widely cited by leading scholars in the field. His papers are on the reading list of a number of courses in political economy in reputed universities. He has a particular interest in the economics of crime and economic evaluation of policy. His research interests in this area includes game theoretic modelling of criminal behaviour, econometric (statistical) analysis of factors determining crime, cost benefit analysis of alternate interventions, and the impact of initiatives such as citizen reporting. He has published several papers in reputed journals across disciplines in this area and has been cited in both academic papers as well as policy reports, including the Official National Statistics. He is well versed in the methodological tools required to do analysis of the economic efficiency of various interventions and developed a course at the PG level in this area. He has also given short training sessions on economic evaluation to police and other practitioners.

His work on crime has been featured widely in the media and he has been interviewed by the Economist. He has links with think tanks such as Centre for Crime and Justice Studies and CIVITAS. Along with regularly speaking in academic seminars, he also participates in high profile public engagement activities as well as for radio and television. His public talks include an annual lecture at the ESRC Festival of Social Sciences and he recently delivered his professorial inaugural lecture on ‘Who to Trust: Forming Policy Beliefs in a Polarised World’.

Siddhartha is the lead economist on a number of externally funded projects that includes the Police Knowledge Fund (jointly funded by HEFCE and the Home office via the College of Policing) and another funded by Norfolk and Suffolk constabulary (see Recent Grants under Research) and been PI or Co-I in funded grants of over £3 million. He the director of the cross disciplinary Centre for Crime, Justice and Policing and leads the 21st century transnational crime theme, one of the main themes of the Institute of Global Innovation.


B.Sc (Calcutta)
M.Sc (Delhi)
Ph.D (Pennsylvania)


Centre for Crime, Justice & Policing: The 'Above and Beyond' campaign


Economic Policy and Political Economy, Development Policy. Microeconomics

Postgraduate supervision

Current supervision 

Shagufta Ahmed, started 2020, Essays in Usury and Debt, co-supervisor

Biswanath Chakravarty, started 2019, Essays in local governance, co-supervisor

Moumita Deb, started 2018, “Essays on Information Transmission, Deception and Social Media”, Department Scholarship

Successful completion 

Joht Chandan, (completed 2020),co-supervisor. “Essays in Adverse Childhood Experiences”, Academic Clinical Fellow, University of Birmingham

Juste Abramovaite, (awarded 2019), Primary Supervisor, “Topics in Crime and Punishment”, Research Fellow, Institute for Global innovation, University of Birmingham

Ariana Matsa, (awarded 2019) “Essays in Cyber Crime and Security”, Primary Supervisor, Birmingham Business School Scholarship, data analyst, Hyperoptic 

Aixa Garcia Ramos, (awarded 2018), “Essays in the Understanding of Violent Criminal Behaviour”, Co-supervisor: ESRC+3, post doctoral Fellow, University of Passau 

Katharine Inglis, (awarded 2017) “Essays in Sentencing Policy and Evidence Based Policing”, Primary Supervisor, ESRC 1+3 , statistical intelligence officer, University Hospital, Birmingham 

Neha Prashar, (awarded 2018) “An Analysis of Impact of Affirmative Action Policies on Education and Employment”, Co-supervisor, Research Fellow, Aston University 

Tong Zhang, (awarded, 2017), “Essays in Political Regime and Conflict”, Primary Supervisor, senior manager, Operations and Marketing, Country Garden Group 

Humera Khan, (awarded , 2017), completed, “Experimental Analyses of Conflict Reducing Mechanisms”, Primary Supervisor, Instructor, Distance learning, University of Maryland 

Sofia Amaral (awarded 2015), completed, “Essays on the Economics of Gender Based Violence in India”, Primary Supervisor, Post-doctoral position IZA 

Masum Emran (awarded, October 2012), completed, “Essays on Co-Residing Decision, Public Education Expenditure, Income Inequality and Education Policies” , Assistant Professor, Okanagan College, Canada) 

Visanu Vongsinsirikul (awarded 2010), completed, “Understanding the Impact of Gambling with Special Reference to Thailand”, Lecturer in Economics, Dhurakij Pundit University, Thailand 

Lu Han (awarded 2010), completed, “Economic Analyses of Crime in England and Wales”, first position, research fellow at the London School of Economics, currently Research Fellow in Health Economics in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of York 


Research Interests:

Applied micro theory especially political economy, public choice and development issues

Current projects:

  • Extremism as a signal of quality (with Manaswini Bhalla, Kalyan Chatterjee and Jaideep Roy)
  • Prosecutor election and case backlogs (with Bryan McCannon)


  • 2019-2020, PI, College of Policing, Independent Evaluation of Policing Interventions tackling Vulnerability and/or Violent Crime, £602,000 funded by the College of Policing via Home Office Transformation Fund
  • 2018-2020, Co-I, IRIS Evaluation, 75,000, funded by West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner 
  • 2018-2020, Lead, 21st Century Transnational Crime, £225,000, funded by the Institute of Global Innovation, University of Birmingham
  • 2017-18, PI, Evaluation of New Chances project, £19,000  funded by West Midlands Police
  • 2017, PI Evaluation of LOCATE project, £29,000, funded by West Midlands Police
  • 2016-18, Co-I Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) Data Retention Project, 34,106, funded by ESRC Impact Acceleration Fund and the National Police Chiefs Council, 01.07.16-31.12.174,106
  • 2016, Co-I RASSO evaluation, 43,500  funded by College of Policing
  • Co-I (lead from UOB), College of Policing, Police Knowledge Fund, Better Policing Collaborative, 2015-17, £1,110,691
  • PI, ESRC Impact Acceleration Grant, £9,983 January 31, 2015
  • Co-investigator (lead from UOB), Emergency Collaboration Services, £74,019.20, December, 2014
  • Co-investigator (co-lead from UOB), Norfolk and Suffolk constabulary on Research, Development and Training in Evidence Based Policing, December 2014-December 2017 
  • PI Evaluation of a community situated domestic violence programme, funded by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council, £37, 997.10, 2014-15. (UOB share 37,997.10,)
  • Co-applicant Innovation and Capacity Building Fund, College of Policing, £49, 800, 2013-14 (co-led the bid from Birmingham) UOB share 15,000,

Other activities

Director of Knowledge Transfer


Journal articles

S Bandyopadhyay, K. Chatterjee and J. Roy, Manufacturing extremism: political consequences of profit-seeking media, International Economic Review

JS Chandan, D Keerthy D,KO  Okoth, KM Gokhale, K Raza, S Bandyopadhyay S, J Taylor J, K Nirantharakumar The association between exposure to childhood maltreatment and the subsequent development of functional somatic and visceral pain syndromes. eClinicalMedicine 2020

 JS Chandan, KM Gokhale, C Bradbury-Jones, K Nirantharakumar , S Bandyopadhyay, J Taylor An exploration of trends in the incidence and prevalence of childhood maltreatment and domestic abuse recording in UK primary care: a retrospective cohort study using ‘The Health Improvement Network’ database. BMJ Open 2020

JS Chandan, J Taylor, C Bradbury-Jones, K Nirantharakumar, E Kane, S Bandyopadhyay COVID-19: a public health approach to manage domestic violence is needed. Lancet Public Health 2020 (Accepted in press)

J.S. Chandan, Okoth KO, Gokhale KM, S. Bandyopadhyay S, Taylor J, Nirantharakumar K. The increased cardiometabolic and mortality risk following childhood maltreatment. Journal of American Heart Association 2020,

J Chandan, N, Hughes, T Thomas, C Bradbury-Jones, J Taylor, S Bandyopadhyay, K Nirantharakumar Exploration of a Novel Preventative Policing Approach in the United Kingdom to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Child Abuse Review

J Chandan, T Thomas, C Bradbury-Jones, J Taylor, S Bandyopadhyay, K Nirantharakumar, The risk of cardiometabolic disease and all-cause mortality in female survivors of domestic abuse, Journal of American Heart Association,

J Chandan, T Thomas, K Raza, C Bradbury-Jones, J Taylor, S Bandyopadhyay, K Nirantharakumar, Intimate partner violence and the risk of developing fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, Journal of Interpersonal Violence,

J. Chandan, T. Thomas, K.M. Gokhlae, S. Bandyopadhyay, K. Nirantharakumar and J. Taylor (2019) The burden of mental ill health associated with childhood maltreatment in the UK, using The Health Improvement Network database: a population-based retrospective cohort study, Lancet Psychiatry

J. Chandan, T. Thomas, C. Bradbury-Jones, R. Russell, S. Bandyopadhyay, K. Nirantharakumar and J. Taylor (2019) Female Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence and Risk of Depression, Anxiety and Serious Mental Illness: A Retrospective Cohort Study Using UK Primary Care Records, British Journal of Psychiatry,

J. Chandan, T. Thomas, J. Taylor, C. Bradbury-Jones and S. Bandyopadhyay, K. Nitantharakumar (2019), Intimate partner violence and temporomandibular joint disorder, Journal of Dentistry, 82, 98-100

Reeves, K, S. Bandyopadhyay and J. Chandan (2019) Using statistical modelling to analyse risk factors for severe and fatal road traffic accidents, International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion, DOI: 10.1080/17457300.2019.1635625

J. Chandan, T. Thomas, K. Raza, S. Bandyopadhyay, K. Nirantharakumar and J. Taylor, (2019) The Association between Child Maltreatment and Central Sensitivity Syndromes: A Systematic Review Protocol, British Medical Journal Open

T. Olphin, S. Bandyopadhyay and A. Banerjee, (2019) Solving burglary offences: building a model to predict clearance of burglary following initial investigation, Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice,

J. Abramovaite, S. Bandyopadhyay, S. Bhattacharya and N.Cowen (2019), Alternatives to custody: evidence from police force areas in England and Wales, British Journal of Criminology, 59, 4, 800–822, doi/10.1093/bjc/azy056/5233006

S. Bandyopadhyay and B. McCannon (2017) Flying Blind: Voter Information and Prosecutor Behavior: A Comment on Ronald Wright's "Prosecutor Institutions and Incentives" Criminology, Criminal Justice, Law & Society, 18(3), 101-4

S. Bandyopadhyay, M. Bhalla, K. Chatterjee and J. Roy (2017) Strategic Dissent in a Hotelling Downs Model with Sequential Entry and Private Information, Research in Economics, 65(4), 319-331

A. Bagchi and S. Bandyopadhyay (2016) A Model of Workplace Deviance and Recession, B.E. Journal of Theoretical Economics (contributions tier) 16(1), 47-81

S. Bandyopadhyay and B. McCannon (2015) Prosecutorial Retention: Signaling by Trial, Journal of Public Economic Theory, 17(2), 219-256

S. Bandyopadhyay, S. Bhattacharya and R.Sensarma (2015) Crime in England and Wales: A Quantile Regression Analysis, Economics Bulletin 35 (1), A 71

S. Amaral and S. Bandyopadhyay (2015) Court Backlogs and Crime in India IIM Kozhikode Society & Management Review 4 (2), 86-91

J. Abramovaite, S. Bandyopadhyay and L. Dixon (2015) The Dynamics of Intergenerational  family Abuse: A focus on violence and abuse in intimate relationships, Special Issue on Violence and Discrimination against Women, Journal of Interdisciplinary Economics 27(2), 160-174

S. Amaral, S. Bandyopadhyay and R. Sensarma (2015) The impact of guaranteed employment on crimes against women, Special Issue on Violence and Discrimination against Women, Journal of Interdisciplinary Economics 27(2), 199-218

S. Bandyopadhyay and B. McCannon (2014) The Effect of the Election of Prosecutors on Criminal Trials, Public Choice, 161 (1-2), 141-156. Winner of the Duncan Black Prize for the best paper by senior scholars

S.Bandyopadhyay and A. Mukherjee (2014) R&D co-operation with Entry, Manchester School, 82(1), 52-70

S. Amaral, S. Bandyopadhyay, S. Bhattacharya and R. Sensarma (2014) Crime across conflict and non-conflict states in India, Economics of Peace and Security Journal, 9(1), 46-56

L. Han, S. Bandyopadhyay and S. Bhattacharya (2013) Determinants of Violent and Property Crime in England and Wales: A Panel Data analysis, Applied Economics, 45 (4), 4820-30

S. Bandyopadhyay and B. McCannon (2013) Re-Election Concerns and the Failure of Plea Bargaining, Theoretical Economics Letters, 3 (5B), 40-44.

S. Bandyopadhyay (2013) Crime Policy in an Era of Austerity, Police Journal, 86(2), 102-15

S. Bandyopadhyay (2013) Market Thickness, Prices and Honesty: A Quality Demand Trap, Mathematical Social Sciences, 65 (1), 52-59.

S. Bandyopadhyay, K. Chatterjee and T. Sjostrom (2011) Pre-electoral Coalitions and Post Electoral Bargaining, Quarterly Journal of Political Science: 6(1), 1-53

S. Bandyopadhyay and K. Chatterjee (2010) Crime Reporting: Profiling and Neighbourhood Observation, B.E. Journal of Theoretical Economics (Advances tier), 10(1), Article 7

S. Bandyopadhyay and M. Oak, (2008) Coalition Governments in a Model of Parliamentary Democracy, European Journal of Political Economy, 24(3), 554-56

S. Bandyopadhyay and K. Chatterjee (2006) Coalition Theory and its Applications: A Survey, Economic Journal, 116(509), 136-155 

Other Publications

S. Bandyopadhyay, A. Banerjee and J.C. Pinto, Knife Crime Across Police Force Areas: The Economy Matters, Centre for Crime, Justice and Policing Policy Brief

JS Chandan,J TaylorC Bradbury-JonesK NirantharakumarE Kane and S Bandyopadhyay, COVID-19: a public health approach to manage domestic violence is needed,

T. Azzam and S. Bandyopadhyay ‘Health Technology Assessment and issues in Health Economics’, in Clinical Engineering: A Handbook for Clinical and Biomedical Engineers, ed by T. Azzam, P. Ganney and D. Long, Academic Press, 2019

S. Bandyopadhyay and K. Chatterjee, 2012, Models of Coalition Formation in Multilateral Negotiation, The Oxford handbook of Economic Conflict Resolution, 76-88

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Siddhartha is an expert on political economy and public policy. He is an experienced media commentator on a number of issues in public policy but in particular on crime policy and the changes in governance of policing. He also welcomes media enquiries on issues related to electoral systems and coalition governments.


Siddhartha is an expert on political coalitions, economics of crime and policing and policy evaluations.

  • Has used game theory to analyse the nature of  pre and post electoral political coalitions
  • Has modelled and empirically analysed the determinants of criminal behaviour and how it is modified by policing
  • Is an expert at quantitative evaluation and has led several evaluations using mixed methods

Policy experience

Siddhartha regularly provides analysis on policing and criminal justice, advises police forces and wider criminal justice agencies, and also writes regularly for non academic audiences, including in the GARDA review.

  • See Centre for Crime, Justice and Policing website for details