Eleanor Abbott


In 2015, I graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a first class BA Hons in Criminal Justice practice. I then progressed onto an LLM by research which was partly sponsored by Derbyshire police force. The research I conducted was entitled ‘The Legalities, Theories and Practice of Taken into Consideration Offences'.

From 2016 to 2018 I was an Associate Lecturer on the policing studies foundation degree based at Hillsborough College. During this role I was the module leader for the following (level 4 and 5) modules: Knowledge in Offender Management, Psychology and Crime, Criminological Theory, Work Based learning and the Research Project in Criminology.

From 2017 to 2018 I was an Associate lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University. I taught on the level six module Sex, Violence and Extremism. In addition, I supervised level six dissertation students.

In 2019 I completed an MA in Social Research Methods (interdisciplinary) at the University of Leeds.

Research interests

My research will explore the policy formation, policy implementation and assess the consequential impacts that derive from the inspections of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, Fire and Rescue services (HMICFRS), specifically its national thematic inspection of, and follow-up reports into, police responses to domestic abuse. It will focus on the genesis of policy recommendations arising from this specific thematic report and trace their reception and implementation among police and partners. The overall aim of the research is to explore ‘How National Inspections can be improved to maximise their local impact’.

This research will address the following research questions:

  • How has the work of HMICFRS since 2013, through its inspection regime, effected change in the delivery of responses to domestic violence and abuse, both in the police service and through its relations with partner organisations?
  • What are the mechanisms and organisational processes through which change has been delivered?
  • How might the role of HMICFRS as an agent of change in the governance and performance management of policing best be conceptualised and operationalised?
  • How might National Inspections be improved to maximise their local impact?



  • MA Social research Methods (interdisciplinary)
  • Master of Laws- LLM by research
  • BA Honours- Criminal Justice Practice
  • Foundation Degree - Policing