Dr Sean Butcher

Dr Sean Butcher


I was appointed a Lecturer in Criminal Justice at the Law School in October 2018, having previously undertaken lecturer's posts in criminal justice at several UK universities. Since taking up my first post in 2011, much of my academic journey has centred around the delivery of high-quality teaching and learning. I have developed extensive experience of module design, delivery, management and administration, and have become an enthusiastic advocate for research-led teaching practice and the idea of teaching and scholarship as a source of serious intellectual inquiry in its own right.

My teaching experience spans both traditional academic and vocational course settings, particularly in the area of police and policing studies - where I have designed and delivered undergraduate, postgraduate and foundation pre-join programmes and modules. I am currently drawing upon this experience as Programme Manager for the MSc Criminal Justice & Criminology, and LLM Criminal Justice & Criminal Law.


  • Programme Manager; MSc Criminal Justice & Criminology
  • Programme Manager; LLM Criminal Justice & Criminal Law
  • Director of Undergraduate Admissions, School of Law

Research interests

My ESRC-funded PhD research focused upon the nature and function of citizen patrol initiatives, and their contributions to policing.

More broadly, to-date my academic career has largely consisted of a focus upon the nature of contemporary policing and police work. This includes completion of a Research and Improvement Leader Fellowship at CLAHRC Northwest London - a collaborative research network funded by the National Institute of Health Research. During this programme, I carried out research on multi-agency relationships and their impacts upon information-sharing within multi-agency safeguarding hubs (MASHs).

Beyond police pluralisation and police partnership work, my research interests also include the politicisation of law and order, police governance and accountability, and popular media representations of crime and justice. I also take a keen interest in ethnographic approaches towards researching crime, disorder and criminal justice.

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  • PhD Law, University of Leeds
  • MSc Criminal Justice Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • BSc (Hons) Police Studies with Criminal Investigation, Buckinghamshire New University
  • PGCert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Buckinghamshire New University

Professional memberships

  • British Society of Criminology
  • Society of Evidence-Based Policing
  • Higher Education Academy (Fellow)
  • International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Student education

I currently coordinate and deliver a number of modules on the University's BA Criminal Justice and Criminology programme, including:

  • Understanding Crime
  • Policing

I also coordinate and deliver modules on the MSc and LLM Criminal Justice and Criminology programmes, including:

  • Contemporary Theories of Crime and Justice
  • Rethinking Policing through Research
  • Researching Crime, Security and Justice.

In addition to my aforementioned student education responsibilities, I also play an active role in assessment scrutiny, the mentoring of junior colleagues, and representation of undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes at open day events.

Since January 2020, I also act as an external examiner for a suite of criminal justice degree programmes at Liverpool John Moores University.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Criminal Justice Studies
  • Centre for Innovation and Research in Legal Education