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Prof Kate Bowers
UCL Department of Security and Crime Science
35 Tavistock Square
London
WC1H 9EZ
Appointment
  • Professor of Security and Crime Science
  • Dept of Security and Crime Science
  • Faculty of Engineering Science
Biography

Kate Bowers, is a Professor in Crime Science at the UCL Department of Security and Crime Science. Kate has worked in the field of crime science for almost 20 years, with research interests focusing on the use of quantitative methods in crime analysis and crime prevention. She has published over 70 papers and book chapters in criminology and in journals such as Criminology, the Journal of Quantitative Criminology and the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency. She has guest edited a special issue of Crime Prevention Studies and co-edited a book on Crime Mapping. She serves on a number of journal editorial boards, and she has number of external appointments such as academic expert for the Crime and Policing Group in the Home Office and expert reviewer for a project run by the US Office of the Assistant Attorney General.   Her work has been funded by grants from the Home Office, the US Department of Justice the Police, the Department for Education and Skills, and UK research councils such as the ESRC and AHRC. 

Research Summary
Summary of Recent Research Grants :

Sept 2013-2016 (as part of a consortium) 
ESRC Commissioned Partnership Programme: the What Works Centre for Crime Reduction. Total funding approx. £3.4 million. Co-investigator

January 2011 for 42 months EPSRC: (with Tao Cheng, Prof Shaw-Taylor and Prof Longley) Crime, Policing and Citizenship (CPC) - Space-Time Interactions of Dynamic Networks. Total funding: approx £1.4 million. Co-Investigator.

July 2011
Community Oriented Policing Services US Department of Justice: Problem solving tool guide on Hot Products. Total grant $9,000. Principal Investigator.

Nov 2009 National Policing Improvement Agency: Campbell collaboration systematic review on spatial displacement among geographically focused policing initiatives. Total funding $47,363. Principal Investigator.

Nov 2006- Nov 2009 Arts and Humanities Research Council (with Prof Paul Ekblom (Central St Martins) and Dr Lorraine Gamman (at Central St Martins): Turning the tables on crime: Boosting evidence of impact of Design Against Crime and the strategic capacity to deliver practical design solutions. Total funding £451,502. Principal Investigator at UCL and supervisor.

October 2004 Home Office/ GOEM: Mapping the Future: A Field Test of Prospective Hotspotting. Total funding £97,560. Named grant holder and supervisor

April 2004
Central Saint Martins College/ Metropolitan Police:  Evaluation of the Anti-Theft Chair. Total funding £13,500. Principal Investigator and supervisor.

Jan 2004
British Academy International Activities Network grant: Predicting patterns of Criminal Activity. Total funding £27,500 (£13,500 from the British Academy and the remainder levered in from the project partners the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR) and Temple University) Named grant holder.

March 2003 Children and Young People’s Unit: National Evaluation of On Track Phase 2 (community profiling strand). In association with the National Centre for Social Research, Matrix MHA consultants and the Policy Research Bureau. Total funding £196,919. Principal Investigator

Teaching Summary

Kate is the programme convener for the MSc in Crime Science. Since joining UCL in 2004, she has been integral to the development of a number of the department's courses. She original developed or co-developed many of the past and current modules that make up the MSc Crime Science curriculum. Examples include courses such as Preventing Crimes, Quantitative Methods and Crime Mapping and Spatial Analysis. She is involved in quality assurance exercises to ensure the department deliveries a high standard of teaching. For example, she was centrally involved in the Departments' most recent IQR (Internal Quality Review) of teaching practices. She is interested in new methods of teaching, and has recently developed module material on UCL's online system, Moodle which will enable distance learning students to have a comprehensive learning experience without visiting campus. 

Appointments
01-JAN-2004 Professor Security and Crime Science UCL, United Kingdom
Academic Background
1999 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Crime Science University of Liverpool
1994 MA Master of Arts – Psychology University of Liverpool
1993 BSc Hons Bachelor of Science – Natural Sciences University of Durham
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