Institute for Public Safety, Crime & Justice

  • University Drive, Waterside Campus

    NN1 5PH Northampton

    United Kingdom

Organization profile

Organisation profile


The Institute for Public Safety, Crime and Justice (IPSCJ) at the University of Northampton delivers high quality research and evaluation, insight and innovation in the fields of public safety, crime and justice.

The IPSCJ is situated at the interface between practice, policy and academia, adopting an evidence-based approach to enhance public service delivery models, organisational strategy and outcomes for service users. The IPSCJ collaborates with partner organisations at local, regional, national and international scales. The core mission of the IPSCJ is to support positive evidence-based policy and practice change for the benefit of society.

What does the IPSCJ do?

  • Researches and evaluates initiatives and projects across a range of fields and sectors, working efficiently and flexibly with clients to meet their needs.
  • Develops bespoke research and evaluation approaches in collaboration with partners and clients, utilising quantitative, qualitative and creative methodologies, in diverse settings, and supporting knowledge translation.
  • Supports the University to develop and evaluate projects, achieving positive impacts on working practices and policies for organisations and society.
  • Collaborates on multi-disciplinary research projects through internal partnerships with the University’s other research institutes and centres, as well through external partnerships with other universities and organisations.

What are the IPSCJ’s areas of interest?

The IPSCJ has research interests in several areas, including:

  • Volunteering in Policing              
  • Health & Justice
  • Early Intervention
  • Children’s & Young People’s Involvement in Public Safety
  • Organisational Development & Wellbeing           
  • Vulnerable & Marginalised Groups in Society
  • Public Safety & Wellbeing
  • Domestic Violence & Abuse       
  • Victim & Witness Support
  • Anti-Social Behaviour             

Who are some of the IPSCJ’s key partners?

IPSCJ works/has worked with a range of external partners locally, nationally and internationally, including:

  • Home Office
  • Ministry of Justice
  • NHS England
  • College of Policing
  • Citizens in Policing
  • National Volunteer Police Cadets
  • University of Tokyo
  • University of Tsukuba
  • University of Central Florida
  • East Midlands Police Academic Collaboration
  • East Midlands Specialist Operations Unit
  • Northamptonshire Police
  • Office of the Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner


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  • Projects

    UNARS: Understanding Agency & Resistance Strategies: Children in situations of domestic violence & abuse

    Callaghan, J., Alexander, J., Fellin, L., Sixsmith, J., Symons, S. & Harrison-Breed, C.

    Project: ResearchEuropean

    Research Output

    Fast-tracking vulnerable young people into the police cadets

    Callender, M., 1 May 2020, Volunteer Police Cadets. 20 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned Report

    Open Access
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  • Professional Perspectives of the Community Sentence Treatment Requirement Pilot in Bedfordshire

    Callender, M., 15 Jul 2020, (Accepted/In press) 7 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned Report

  • Analysis of Special Constabulary National Statistics: Briefing Paper 4

    Britton, I., 1 Jan 2019, Northampton, 8 p.

    Research output: Working Paper

    Open Access

    Attracting People to Join the Special Constabulary

    Britton, I. & Knight, L., 21 Jun 2019, Citizens in Policing. 32 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned Report

    Open Access


    New Spaces: Safeguarding Students from Violence and Hate

    Melanie Crofts (Speaker), Kimberley Hill (Speaker), Barrick Rebecca (Speaker), Sarah Armstrong-Hallam (Speaker), Callaghan Jane (Speaker) & Evangelia Prokopiou (Speaker)

    4 Jul 2017

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsKeynoteResearch

    Embodiment and use of space

    Callaghan Jane (Speaker) & Joanne Helen Alexander (Speaker)

    3 Mar 2015

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsSeminarResearch

    Student theses

    'New' police work with offenders? Exploring senior and strategic perspectives

    Author: Britton, I., 2015

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


    The lives of young Polish migrants residing in Northamptonshire

    Author: Callender, M., 2012

    Supervisor: Horton, J. (Supervisor), Tucker, F. (Supervisor) & Matthews, M. H. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis