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Dr Herve Borrion
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  • Associate Professor
  • Dept of Security and Crime Science
  • Faculty of Engineering Science

Hervé Borrion (Associate Professor) is a crime scientist who contributes his systems engineering background to better understand and address crime problems across the world. He is an academic advisor on the MoRiLe project (development of a risk model for 80+ law enforcement agencies).

He pursued his postgraduate education at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Aéronautique et de l’Espace (Masters) and at University College London (PhD). He developed a strong interest in sensor-based applications at the Commissariat à l’Énergie Atomique (Paris), Los Alamos National Laboratory (US), UCT-CSIR (Cape Town) and Tsinghua University (Beijing).

He is committed to the promotion and enhancement of teaching and learning practices in our field:

  • Dr Borrion is currently the Deputy Head of Department of the UCL Department of Security and Crime Science. 
  • He has served as Director of Studies between 2017 and 2020, and developed and directed four pioneering programmes (BSc, MSc, MRes, PhD) in our field. He wrote various publications on the interdisciplinary dimension of crime science, and how this should be acknowledged in our teaching practice.  
  • He was the PI of a HEFCE-funded project that promoted the recording of data on sexual assaults at university, and contributed to UCL's pioneering university policy on sexual misconduct.
  • He contributed his expertise in education as part of strategic committees (incl. EU Centre for National Infrastructure Protection, UK Council for Graduate Education, London Technology Board, External Reviewer or the Open University).
Research Groups
Research Themes
Research Summary

Main research projects

  • Crime during the COVID pandemic (on-going), with gov. department and police forces in ten countries.
  • EPSRC ACCEPT - on human factors in cybercrime (Co-I, on going)
  • EU-FP7 PRIME - on Lone Actor extremism
  • EU-FP7 RIBS - on Resilient Infrastructure and Building Security (PI)
  • EU-FP7 BASYLIS - on Infrastructure Security

Consultancy projects

    • The True Scale of Environmental Crime in England & Wales (Environment Agency)
    • Theft of Heritage Property (Historic England)
    • Resilience of International Students to Sex Crime (HEFCE)
    Teaching Summary


    Undergraduate programmes
    -Systems and Problem Solving [current]
    -Simulation for Research (Agent-based Model)  [current]
    -Project in Security and Crime Prevention

    Postgraduate programmes
    -Risk and Contingency Planning
    -Doing Research in Security Science
    -Doing and Designing Research in Security Science
    -Ethics, Security and Research
    -Defence Systems
    -MRes Research Project
    Academic Background
    2006   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
    2002   Master of Science To be updated
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