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Dr Nigel Balmer
Faculty of Laws
Bentham House, Endsleigh Gardens
  • Reader in Law and Social Statistics
  • Faculty of Laws

Dr. Nigel Balmer is Reader in Law and Social Statistics in the Faculty of Laws. He is also affiliated to the Centre for Empirical Legal Studies within the Faculty and is Principal Researcher at the Legal Services Research Centre. He holds a Ph.D. from John Moores University and a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Mathematics and Psychology from the University of Stirling.

He has brought his statistical expertise to bear on a range of projects in the field of empirical legal studies, including the the English and Welsh Civil and Social Justice Survey, a large-scale survey of the public’s experience of the civil law. The majority of his research focuses on issues around access to justice and he has conducted research for and in collaboration with Shelter, Youth Access, Ministry of Justice, Law and Justice Foundation of New South Wales, Government Equalities Office, Age Concern, The Law Society, PLENET and The Legal Services Board.

Research Summary

Nigel's research interests cover statistics and research methodology, decision-making and risk, civil and criminal justice, issues around diversity and representation, social epidemiology, social policy and the public experience and understanding of the law. His research is multidisciplinary, spanning criminology, economics, epidemiology, political science, social policy, health and psychology. His survey work, in collaboration with Professor Pascoe Pleasence, has become central to the development of access to justice policy in England and Wales. He has worked on large scale research projects on diversity and fairness in the jury system (for the Ministry of Justice), diversity in tribunals (for the Department for Constitutional Affairs) and judicial appointments (for the Commission for Judicial Appointments). He has publishes in the field of sports science.

Teaching Summary

Nigel teaches on the undergraduate 'Access to Justice and Community Empowerment' and BASc courses, the LLM 'Law in the Real World' module (introducing students to empirical legal studies) and PhD methods programme. He also supervises a number of research students.

01-JAN-2010 Reader in Law and Social Statistics Faculty of Laws University College London, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2001 Principal Researcher Legal Services Research Centre Legal Services Commission, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2001 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Psychology/Sports Science Liverpool John Moores University
1998 BSc Bachelor of Science – Psychology with Mathematics University of Stirling
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