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

Siddhartha Bandyopadhyay is an applied economic theorist working on various topics in political economy and public policy. His current research focuses on political coalitions, theoretical and empirical work on the economics of crime, and applied micro theory, especially political economy, public choice and development issues.

Other activities

Director of Knowledge Transfer


Recent publications


Bandyopadhyay, S, Chatterjee, K, Das, K & Roy, J 2021, 'Learning versus habit formation: optimal timing of lockdown for disease containment', Journal of Mathematical Economics.

Chandan, J, Keerthy, D, Gokhale, KM, Bradbury-Jones, C, Raza, K, Bandyopadhyay, S, Taylor, J & Nirantharakumar, K 2021, 'The association between exposure to domestic abuse in women and the development of syndromes indicating central nervous system sensitization: a retrospective cohort study using UK primary care records', European Journal of Pain.

Chaudhuri, K, Chakrabarti, A, Lima, JM, Chandan, JS & Bandyopadhyay, S 2021, 'The interaction of ethnicity and deprivation on COVID-19 mortality risk: a retrospective ecological study', Scientific Reports, vol. 11, no. 1, 11555.

Chandan, JS, Subramanian, A, Chandan, JK, Gokhale, KM, Vitoc, A, Taylor, J, Bradbury-Jones, C, Bandyopadhyay, S & Nirantharakumar, K 2021, 'The risk of COVID-19 in survivors of domestic violence and abuse', BMC Medicine, vol. 19, no. 1, 246.

Chandan, J, Hughes, N, Thomas, T, Nirantharakumar, K, Bandyopadhyay, S & Taylor, J 2020, 'Exploration of a novel preventative policing approach in the United Kingdom to adverse childhood experiences', Child Abuse Review, vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 144–158.

Chandan, JS, Gokhale, KM, Bradbury-Jones, C, Nirantharakumar, K, Bandyopadhyay, S & Taylor, J 2020, '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, vol. 10, no. 6, e036949.

Bandyopadhyay, S, Chatterjee, K & Roy, J 2020, 'Extremist platforms: political consequences of profit-seeking media', International Economic Review, vol. 61, no. 3, pp. 1173-1193.

Chandan, JS, Okoth, K, Margadhamane Gokhale, K, Bandyopadhyay, S, Taylor, J & Nirantharakumar, K 2020, 'Increased Cardiometabolic and Mortality Risk Following Childhood Maltreatment in the United Kingdom', Journal of the American Heart Association, vol. 9, no. 10, 015855.

Chandan, JS, Thomas, T, Bradbury-Jones, C, Taylor, J, Bandyopadhyay, S & Nirantharakumar, K 2020, 'Risk of Cardiometabolic Disease and All-Cause Mortality in Female Survivors of Domestic Abuse', Journal of the American Heart Association, vol. 9, no. 4, e014580.

Chandan, JS, Keerthy, D, Zemedikun, DT, Okoth, K, Gokhale, KM, Raza, K, Bandyopadhyay, S, Taylor, J & Nirantharakumar, K 2020, 'The association between exposure to childhood maltreatment and the subsequent development of functional somatic and visceral pain syndromes', EClinicalMedicine, vol. 23, 100392.

Abramovaite, J, Bandyopadhyay, S, Bhattacharya, S & Cowen, N 2019, 'Alternatives to Custody: Evidence from Police Force Areas in England and Wales', British Journal of Criminology, vol. 59, no. 4, azy056, pp. 800-822.

chandan, J, Thomas, T, Raza, K, Bandyopadhyay, S, Nirantharakumar, K & Taylor, J 2019, 'Association between child maltreatment and central sensitivity syndromes: a systematic review protocol', BMJ open, vol. 9, no. 2, bmjopen-2018-025436.

Chandan, J, Thomas, T, Bradbury-Jones, C, Russell, R, Bandyopadhyay, S, Nirantharakumar, K & Taylor, J 2019, 'Female survivors of intimate partner violence and risk of depression, anxiety and serious mental illness', British Journal of Psychiatry , vol. 217, no. 4, pp. 562-567.


Chandan, JS, Bandyopadhyay, S, Taylor, J & Nirantharakumar, K 2020, 'Gender differences in the presentation of fibromyalgia amongst children who have been maltreated', EClinicalMedicine, vol. 25, 100469.


Chandan, JS, Taylor, J, Bradbury-Jones, C, Nirantharakumar, K, Kane, E & Bandyopadhyay, S 2020, 'COVID-19: a public health approach to manage domestic violence is needed', The Lancet Public Health, vol. 5, no. 6, pp. e309.

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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

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