Professor Roger Tarling

Visiting Professor



Roger Tarling joined the Department in March 1996. Before that he was, for 20 years, a member of the Home Office Research and Planning Unit, the last six years as Head of RPU. Roger is a Chartered Statistician of the Royal Statistical Society.

Research interests

Roger's research interests cover crime and criminal justice, the voluntary sector and research management. He also maintains an interest in quantitative research methods. Roger has completed research on police crime recording practice, criminal investigation (including the impact of forensic evidence in solving crime), the support and assistance given to prisoners with drugs problems, the effectiveness of intervention programmes for young people at risk and sentencing practice in magistrates' courts. He has also reviewed the sources of statistics on the voluntary sector.

Professional Activities

During his time at the Home Office Roger was Chair of the Interdepartmental Heads of Profession Group for Social Research in Government. More recently, Roger has acted as Senior Academic Advisor to the Home Office Director at the Government Office of the South East.

Roger has served on a number of ESRC Committees and Working Groups; including the Research Resources Board, the Crime and Social Order Research Programme Steering Committee, the Analysis of Large and Complex Datasets Steering Committee, the Research Careers Working Group and the Datasets Policy Working Group. He has also served as the ESRC representative on the Data Archive Advisory Board.

Roger was a member of the Executive Committee, and for six years, National Treasurer of the British Society of Criminology and a member of the group developing the BSC's Code of Ethics. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Howard Journal of Criminal Justice and was an Associate Editor of the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Statistics in Society.

Roger served on the Social Research Association Working Group preparing guidance to members on data protection issues.


Selected PublicationsTarling, R. and Morris, K. (2010) Reporting crime to the police. British Journal of Criminology, 50, 3 474-490.

Sarre, S. and Tarling, R. (2010) The volunteering activities of children aged 8-15. Voluntary Sector Review, 1, 3, 293-307.

Bullock, K., Sarre, S., Tarling, R. and Wilkinson, M. (2010) The delivery of domestic abuse programmes: An implementation study of the delivery of domestic abuse programmes in probation areas and Her Majesty's Prison Service. Ministry of Justice.Tarling, R. (2008) Statistical Modelling for Social Researchers: Principles and Practice. London : Routledge.

Tarling, R. (2006). Sentencing Practice in Magistrates' Courts Revisited. The Howard Journal, 45(1), pp 29 - 41.

Tarling, R. (2006). Managing Social Research. London: Routledge.

Burrows, J. and Tarling, R. (2004). 'Measuring the impact of forensic science in detecting burglary and autocrime'. Science and Justice: Journal of The Forensic Science Society, 44(4), pp 217 - 222.

Tarling, R. and Burrows, J. (2004). 'The Nature and Outcome of Going Missing: The challenge of developing effective risk assessment procedures'. International Journal of Police Science and Management, 6(1), pp 16-26.

Burrows, J., Clarke, A., Davison, T., Tarling, R. and Webb, S. (2001). Research into the Nature and Effectiveness of Drugs Throughcare. RDS Occasional Paper No 68. London: Home Office Research, Development and Statistics Directorate.

Tarling, R. (2000). 'Statistics on the voluntary sector'. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series A, 163, 3, 255 -261.

Burrows, J., Tarling, R., Mackie, A., Lewis, R. and Taylor, G. (2000). Review of Police Forces' Crime Recording Practices. Home Office Research Study No 204. London: Home Office Research and Statistics Directorate.

Mackie, A., Burrows, J. and Tarling, R. (1999) Preparing the prosecution case. The Criminal Law Review, June, 1999, pp. 460-469.

Tarling, R. (1998). Coroner Service Survey. Home Office Research Study No 181. London: Home Office Research and Statistics Directorate.

Copas, J.B., Marshall, P. and Tarling, R. (1996) Predicting Reoffending for Discretionary Conditional Release. Home Office Research Study No. 150. London: Home Office Research and Statistics Directorate.

Tarling, R. (1993) Analysing Offending: Data, models and interpretations. London HMSO.