Sean Butcher

Sean Butcher

Profile

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 employability lead for the Law School's Criminal Justice and Criminology programmes.

Responsibilities

  • Employability Coordinator, Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Module Assistant Mentor Lead

Research interests

I am currently working towards completion of my PhD at the University of Leeds, which is funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council. My research focuses upon the nature and function of citizen patrol initiatives, and their contributions to policing. I am also a member of the ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership.

More broadly, to-date my academic career has largely consisted of a focus upon the nature of contemporary policing and police work. Prior to beginning my PhD I completed 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 polititicisation 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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Qualifications

  • PhD Law, University of Leeds (ongoing)
  • 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 coordinates and delivers a number of modules on the University's BA Criminal Justice and Criminology programme, including:

  • Understanding Crime
  • Policing

I also coordinates and delivers modules on the MSc and LLM Criminal Justice and Criminology programmes, including:

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

I am also responsibile for the Law School's Criminal Justice and Criminology employability provision, and for the mentorship of Module Assistants involved in teaching.

Research groups and institutes

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