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Prof Kate Bowers
  • Professor of Security and Crime Science
  • Dept of Security and Crime Science
  • Faculty of Engineering Science

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 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. She is Co-Investigator on a recently awarded EPSRC grant for £1.4m on Crime Policing and Citizenship.

Research Summary

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. As Co-Investigator, the department will receive £39,102 for my contribution and I will act as the primary supervisor for one post-doc position.

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 (£149,138 at UCL for which I am responsible). 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

Academic Background
1999 PhD Doctor of Philosophy University of Liverpool
1994 MA Master of Arts University of Liverpool
1993 BSc Hons Bachelor of Science University of Durham
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