Dr Emily Evans

Dr Emily Evans

The Department of Economics
Research Fellow

Contact details

University of Birmingham
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Emily is an experienced social researcher having worked in the field of criminal justice and community safety for over 15 years. She has worked in a variety of research roles across the public, private and academic sectors. This has afforded her experience of all aspects of the research process including tendering, fieldwork, project management, report writing and dissemination.

She is skilled at the use of both quantitative and qualitative data and methods primarily in the field of evaluation. Completing her PhD in 2015 cemented these research skills through further formal training and the opportunity to define and manage an extensive research project of her own. Since then, she has worked as a research fellow at the Universities of Nottingham and Birmingham on a number of funded projects in the field of criminal justice.   

Emily has worked as a research fellow at the University of Birmingham since 2017. In this time she has worked as the research coordinator for the 21st Century Transnational Crime theme of the University’s Institute of Global Innovation; one of four ‘challenge’ themes led by Professor Siddhartha Bandyopadhyay, funded to deliver world-leading, multidisciplinary research to address the world’s most pressing challenges. This has involved her supporting the work of the Theme members and the wider work of the Institute. She has also been part of interdisciplinary teams winning and delivering evaluations and feasibility studies of innovative practice in policing and youth justice funded by organizations such as the College of Policing and Youth Endowment Fund. 


Current projects

Part of an interdisciplinary team delivering on three funded projects for the Youth Endowment Fund under their Another Chance funding round regarding diverting young people from the criminal justice system. They include a feasibility study, a randomized control trial of mentoring interventions (PI: Professor Siddhartha Bandyopadhyay) and a QED study of hospital navigators (PI: Professor Paul Montgomery).

Past projects

Delivering evaluations and feasibility studies of innovative policing practice regarding violent crime and vulnerability in forces across the country, funded by the College of Policing (Phase 1&2: 2019-2021; Phase 3: 2020-2021).

Research and evaluation under the College of Policing’s Police Knowledge Fund (2015-2017). Projects regarding mental health and policing and child sexual exploitation.

Evaluation of the Wales Integrated Serious and Dangerous Offender Management (WISDOM) pilots (2017-2018). 

Research and evaluation regarding Evidence Based Policing for Norfolk and Suffolk police (funders: College of Policing, 2014-17). Individual studies regarding contact management (THRIVE), multi-agency working regarding sexual offending, early intervention and public protection regarding registered sex offenders.

Evaluation of the D.A.R.E primary drugs education programme for Life Skills Education C.I.C., the first undertaken in the UK (2015). Based on a pre- and post-intervention survey with randomly assigned test and control samples of primary school children from across the East Midlands.

ESRC Secondary Data Analysis Initiative funded research project exploring the effectiveness of burglary security devices and the impact of local Neighbourhood Watch schemes using data from the Crime Survey for England and Wales (2015). The project won the 2019 ONS Research Excellence Award.


Recent publications


McGuire, J, Evans, E & Kane, E 2021, Evidence-Based Policing and Community Crime Prevention. Advances in Preventing and Treating Violence and Aggression series , 1 edn, Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-76363-3


Kane, E, Evans, E, Mitsch, J & Tahseen, J 2020, 'Are Liaison and Diversion interventions in policing delivering the planned impact: A longitudinal evaluation in two constabularies?', Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health, vol. 30, no. 5, pp. 256-267 . https://doi.org/10.1002/cbm.2166

Kane, E, Evans, E & Shokraneh, F 2018, 'Effectiveness of current policing-related mental health interventions: A systematic review', Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 108-119 . https://doi.org/10.1002/cbm.2058

Evans, E & Tseloni, A 2018, 'Evaluation of the UK D.A.R.E. Primary programme', Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, vol. 26, no. 3, pp. 238-249. https://doi.org/10.1080/09687637.2018.1441374

Kane, E & Evans, E 2018, 'Mental Health and Policing Interventions: Implementation and Impact', The Mental Health Review Journal, vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 86-93 . <https://doi.org/10.1108/MHRJ-10-2017-0046 >

Kane, E, Evans, E, Mitsch, J, Cattall, J, Tahseen, J, Quinlan, P & Khalifa, N 2018, 'Police interactions and interventions with suspects flagged as experiencing mental health problems', Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health, vol. 28, no. 5, pp. 424-432 . https://doi.org/10.1002/cbm.2078.

Tseloni, A, Farrell, G, Thompson, R, Evans, E & Tilley, N 2017, 'Domestic burglary drop and the security hypothesis', Crime Science, vol. 6, no. 3. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40163-017-0064-2

Kane, E, Evans, E & Shokraneh, F 2017, 'Effectiveness of current policing-related mental health interventions in England and Wales and Crisis Intervention Teams as a future potential model: a systematic review', Systematic Reviews, vol. 6, no. 85. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13643-017-0478-7

Evans, E 2016, 'The expected impacts of Transforming Rehabilitation on working relationships with offenders', Probation Journal, vol. 63, no. 2, pp. 153–161. https://doi.org/10.1177/0264550516648392

Evans, E 2015, 'Police/probation partnerships – the anticipated impact of “transforming rehabilitation”', International Journal of Emergency Services, vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 194 – 211. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJES-01-2015-0004

Commissioned report

Bandyopadhyay, S, Karavias, Y, Menezes, L, Taylor, J, Apena Rogers, S, Kane, E, Burton, A, Evans, E, Abramovaite, J, Montgomery, P, Chandan, J, Martin, J, Banerjee, A, Cole, M & Chaudhuri, K 2024, Remedi Restorative Mentors: Pilot trial report. Youth Endowment Fund. <https://youthendowmentfund.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/YEF.-REMEDI-Pilot-January-2024.pdf>

Bandyopadhyay, S, Bradbury-Jones, C, Kane, E, Montgomery, P, Banerjee, A, Evans, E, Karavias, Y, Abramovaite, J, Jordan, M, Chaudhuri, K, Khan, L, Burton, A & Pelosi Campbell, P 2023, United Borders music mentoring programme: Feasibility study report. Youth Endowment Fund, London. <https://youthendowmentfund.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/United-Borders.-YEF-Feasibility-Study.-2023.-.pdf>

Davies, K, Woodhams, J, Abramovaite, J, Evans, E, Banerjee, A & Bandyopadhyay, S 2021, Evaluation of the High Harm Perpetrator Unit: Full technical report. Vulnerability and violent crime programme, College of Policing, London. <https://assets.college.police.uk/s3fs-public/2021-07/vvcp-evaluation-of-high-harm-perpetrator-unit.pdf>

Chandan, J, Denne, M, Abramovaite, J, McGuire, R, Nirantharakumar, K, Taylor, J, Bandyopadhyay, S & Evans, E 2021, Evaluation of the trusted adult workers role and Rock Pool train the trainer educational approach: Full technical report. Vulnerability and violent crime programme, College of Policing, London. <https://assets.college.police.uk/s3fs-public/2021-07/vvcp-evaluation-of-taws-ttt.pdf>

Woodhams, J, Evans, E, Davies, K, Hardiman, M, Abramovaite, J, Banerjee, A, Bandyopadhyay, S, Moreton, C & Forster, O 2021, Evaluation of using the Spousal Assault Risk Assessment (SARA) v3 and the Stalking Assessment and Management (SAM) tools to assess and manage risk: Full technical report. Vulnerability and violent crime programme, College of Policing, London. <https://assets.college.police.uk/s3fs-public/2021-07/vvcp-evaluation-of-sara-sam.pdf>

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