Dr Karen Bullock
Karen graduated from the London School of Economics in 1998 with BSc in Social Policy and Sociology. The following summer she obtained an MSc from the University of Surrey in Social Research Methods. Her PhD is from the Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science at University College London. Karen joined the University of Surrey as a lecturer in 2007. Before that she worked in the research directorate at the Home Office. She primarily conducts research in the fields of policing and crime reduction and her teaching reflects these areas of expertise.
My research interests are oriented around aspects of contemporary policing and crime prevention theory and practice. This has incorporated the theory of and practical application of community policing, problem-oriented policing and intelligence-led policing; the impact of the 1998 Human Rights Act on the police service; evidence-led policy and practice; risk management theory and practice; evaluation in criminal justice practice; work with offenders; and, organized crime and asset recovery. I have recently published a book - 'Citizens, Community and Crime Control' - which examines the forms and functions of citizen and community involvement in policing with a focus on the development and forms of volunteering. I am part of the commissioned partnership programme which is research work to support the What Works Centre for Crime Reduction, hosted by the College of Policing. In addition I am conducting research in the areas of religion and policing (funded by the British Academy), on the impact of a prison based diversion programme (funded by the charity KeepOut) and the impact of injuries on police officers (funded by the Police Dependants' Trust).
My teaching generally reflects my research interests and focuses on crime and offending criminal justice, crime prevention policing and social policy.
I am the Programme Director for our BSc Criminology and BSc Criminology and Sociology
I am co-investigator on a large ESRC (£3million) inter-university and international grant to fund a 'What Works in Crime Reduction Centre' (2013-2016)
I am co-investigator on a British Academy funded project examining the coproduction of crime control between the police service and religious organizations (2015-2016)
I am co-investigator on a project looking at the impact of injuries suffered by police officers on duty and their pathways funded by the Police Dependants' Trust (2015-2016)
I am Principal Investigator on an evaluation of a prison based crime diversion programme (2015-2018)
I am co-investigator on 'GLODERS' - The Global Dynamics of Extortion Racket Systems -funded by the European Commission to the sum of £409,910 to apply agent based modelling to organised crime problems.
In 2013 I was co-investigator on a Rapid Evidence Assessment of literature on the subject of policing ethics funded by the College of Policing
In 2011 I was Principal Investigator on a Curriculum Innovation Granted funded by the ESRC to the tune of £60,000.
In 2011 I was Principal Investigator on a project called 'Policing Private Lives' which was funded by the British Academy Small Grant scheme.
In 2008 I was Principal investigator on a Ministry of Justice funded a study 'An Implementation Study of Domestic Abuse Programmes in Probation Areas and Her Majesty's Prison Service' worth £65, 000.
Other scholarly funding
I received a Higher Education Academy Conference Grant (2013) to deliver a seminar 'Rendering Explicit the Implicit: Promoting and Balancing Effective Learning and Employability within the Undergraduate Sociology Curriculum' in March 2014 (£750).
I received a British Academy Conference Support Grant (2011) to deliver the seminar 'Policing in a Time of Contraction and Constraint: Re-imagining the Role and Function of Contemporary Policing'
Member of the Publications Committee of the British Society of Criminology and editor of their online journal.
Member of the Steering Group of the Policing Network British Society of Criminology and coordinator of their post-graduate work.
Member ESRC Peer Review College.
I am external examiner at the University of York and the University of Sussex
• Bullock, K. (2014) Citizens, Community and Crime Control. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
• Bullock, K. Erol, R. and Tilley, N. (2006) Problem-oriented Policing and Partnership: Implementation of an Evidence Based Approach to Crime Reduction. Cullompton: Willan.
• Bullock, K. and Millie, A. (2017) The Special Constabulary: Historical Context, International Comparisons and Contemporary Themes. Abindgon: Routledge.
• Bullock, K., Clarke, R. and Tilley, N. (2010) Situational Prevention of Organised Crime. Cullompton, Devon: Willan.
• Bullock, K. and Tilley, N. (2003) Crime Reduction and Problem-oriented Policing. Cullompton: Willan.
Published peer reviewed articles
• Sidebottom, A.,Tompson, L., Thornton, A. Bullock, K., Tilley, N. Bowers, K. Johnson, S. (2017) Gating Alleys to Reduce Crime: A Meta-Analysis and Realist Synthesis, Justice Quarterly• Bullock, K. and Garland, J. (2017) Police Officers, Mental (ill) Health and Spoiled Identity, Criminology and Criminal Justice• Bullock, K. (2016) and Johnson, P. (2016) Faith in Policing: the Co-Production of Crime Control in Britain, British Journal of Criminology DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azw080• Bullock, K. (2016) (Re)presenting Policing Online, Policing and Society http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10439463.2016.1177529• Bullock, K. (2015) Shoring up the 'home guard'? Reflections on the development and deployment of police support volunteer programmes in England and Wales, Policing and Society DOI:10.1080/10439463.2015.1058378• Bullock, K. (2015) Diversity in the Special Constabulary Policing, A Journal of Policy and Practice 9 (1) 46-55• Bullock, K. and Leeney, D. (2014) On matters of balance: an examination of the deployment, motivation and management of the Special Constabulary, Policing and Society 26 (5) 483-502.• Bullock, K., Meadows, R. and Brunton-Smith, I. (2014) Enhancing Learning in the Social Sciences, 'DiscoverQuants': Integrating Quantitative Methods (QM) and Substantive Teaching for First Year Undergraduate Sociology Students 6 (2) 6-20.• Bullock, K. (2014) Criminal benefit, the confiscation order and the post-conviction confiscation regime, Crime, Law and Social Change 62 (1) 45-64• Bullock, K. and Sindall, K. (2014) The Nature and Extent of Citizen Participation in Neighbourhood Policing, Policing and Society 24 (4) 385-404• Bullock, K (2014) Integrated Approaches to Domestic violence? An Exploration of the Role of the Victim and Women's Safety Work in Cognitive-Behavioural Programmes, The Probation Journal 61 (1) 27-43• Bullock, K. and Condry, R. (2013) Responding to Denial, Minimization and Blame in Correctional Settings: The "Real World' Implications of Offender Neutralizations, European Journal of Criminology. 10 (5) 572-590.• Bullock, K. (2013) Community, Intelligence-led Policing and Crime Control, Policing and Society. 23 (2) 125-144.• Bullock, K and Leeney, D. (2013) Participation, 'responsivity' and accountability in neighbourhood policing, Criminology and Criminal Justice 13 (2) 199-214.• Bullock, K. and Leeney, D. (2012) Public Concern about Organised Crime. Crime Prevention and Community Safety. 14 (4) 287-292• Bullock, K. and Johnson, P. (2012) The Impact of the Human Rights Act on the Police Service in England and Wales. British Journal of Criminology. 52 (3), 630-650• Bullock, K. (2011) Responding to Anti-social Behaviour: Analysis, Interventions and the Transfer of Knowledge. Crime Prevention and Community Safety: An International Journal 13 (1) 1-15.• Bullock, K. (2011) The Construction and Interpretation of Risk Technologies in Contemporary Probation Practice. British Journal of Criminology. 51 (1) 120-135.• Bullock, K. (2010) Enforcing Financial Penalties: The Case of Confiscation Orders. The Howard Journal. 49 (4) 328-339.• Bullock, K. and Ekblom, P. (2010) Richness, Retrievability and Reliability - Issues in a Working Knowledge Base for Good Practice in Crime Prevention. European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research. 16 (1) 29-47.• Bullock, K. (2010) The Confiscation Investigation. Policing: An International Journal of Policy and Practice. 4 (1) 7-14• Bullock, K. (2010) Improving Accessibility and Accountability - Neighbourhood Policing and the Policing Pledge. Safer Communities: International Journal of Community Safety. 9 (1) 10-19.• Bullock, K. (2010) Generating and Using Community Intelligence: The Case of Neighbourhood Policing. The International Journal of Police Science and Management. 12 (1) 1-11.• Bullock, K. and Tilley, N. (2009) Born to Fail? Policing, Reform and Neighbourhood Problem-Solving. The Police Journal. 83 (2) 117-130.• Bullock, K. and Tilley, N. (2009) Police Reform: the Prospects for Evidence Based Policing and Crime Reduction. Policing: An International Journal of policy and Practice. 381-387.• Bullock, K. and Tilley, N. (2008) Understanding and Tackling Gang Violence. Crime Prevention and Community Safety: An International Journal. 10 (1) 36-47.
Contributions to edited collections
Bullock, K and Fielding, N. (2017) Community Crime Prevention, in A. Sidebottom and N. Tilley The Handbook of Crime Prevention and Community Safety. Abingdon: Routledge
Bullock, K, McCarthy, D (2015) Conducting Systematic Reviews of Social Science Literature, in Gilbert, N, Stoneman, P (eds) Researching Social Life (Third Edition), London, Sage
Bullock, K. (2013) Intelligence Led Policing and the National Intelligence Model, in J. Brown (ed) The Future of Policing. London: Routledge
Bullock, K. and Lister, S. (2014) Dirty Assets: Emerging Issues in the Regulation of Criminal and Terrorist Assets, in C. King and C. Walker. London: Ashgate.
Bullock, K. Clarke, R. and Tilley, N (2010) 'Introduction' in Bullock, K. Clarke, R. and Tilley, N Situational Prevention of Organised Crime. Cullompton, Devon: Willan.
Bullock, K. and Tilley, N. (2008) 'Problem-oriented Policing', in A. Wakefield, A Dictionary of Policing. London: Sage.
Bullock, K. and Tilley, N. (2003) 'Introduction: The concepts, implementation and outcomes of problem-oriented policing in the UK and the US', in K. Bullock and N. Tilley, Crime Reduction and Problem-oriented Policing. Cullompton: Willan.
Bullock, K. and Tilley, N. (2003) 'From Strategy to Action: the Development and Implementation of Problem-oriented Projects', in K. Bullock and N. Tilley, Crime Reduction and Problem-oriented Policing. Cullompton: Willan.
Bullock, K. and Tilley, N. (2003) 'The Role of Analysis: Lessons from the Crime Reduction Programme', in J. Knutsson, Problem-oriented Policing: from Innovation to Mainstream. Crime Prevention Research Series No. 15. Cullompton: Willan.
Sidebottom, A.,Tompson, L., Thornton, A. Bullock, K., Tilley, N. Bowers, K. Johnson, S. (2017) Gating Alleys to Reduce Crime: A Meta-Analysis and Realist Synthesis. London: College of Policinghttp://whatworks.college.police.uk/About/Systematic_Review_Series/Pages/Alley_gating.aspx
Bullock, K. Sarre, S, Tarling, R., and Wilkinson, M. (2010) An Implementation Study of the delivery of Domestic Abuse Programmes in Probation Areas and Her Majesty's Prison Service. Ministry of Justice Research Series 15/10. London: Ministry of Justice.
Bullock, K., Chowdhury, R. Hollings, P. (2009) Public Concerns about Organised Crime. Home Office Research Report 16. London: Home Office.
Bullock, K., Mann, D. and Street, R. and Coxon, C. (2009) Examining attrition in confiscating the proceeds of crime. Home Office Research Report 17. London: Home Office.
Bullock, K. and Jones, B. (2004) Acceptable Behaviour Contracts: Addressing Anti-social Behaviour in the London Borough of Islington. Home Office Online Report 02/04. London: Home Office.
Bullock, K. and Tilley, N. (2002) Gangs, Shootings and Violent Incidents in Manchester : Developing a Crime Reduction Strategy, Crime Reduction Research Series Paper 13. London: Home Office.
Bullock, K., Farrell, G., Tilley, N. (2002) Funding and Implementing Crime Reduction Initiatives, Online report 10/02. London : Home Office.
Gresham, P., Stockdale, J., Bartholomew, I. and Bullock, K. (2001) An Evaluation of the Impact of Crimestoppers. Home Office Briefing Note 10/01. London : Home Office.
Bullock, K., Moss, K. Smith, J. (2000) Understanding the implications of Section 17 of the Crime and Disorder Act. Home Office Briefing Note (11/00). London: Home Office.
Millie, A. and Bullock, K. (2012) Re-imagining policing post-austerity. British Academy Review, 2012, Issue 19, 16-18.
Millie, A. and Bullock, K. (2013) Policing in a Time of Contraction and Constraint: Re-imagining the Role and Function of Contemporary Policing, Criminology and Criminal Justice. 13 (2) 133-142