Larissa Engelmann

Larissa Engelmann


I am a Research Fellow at the ESRC Vulnerability and Policing Research Centre exploring how the police and other services can best be harnessed to prevent and reduce vulnerabilities. I currently specifically work on a project exploring preventative approaches to online child sexual victimisation (OCSV) with Professor Corinne May-Chahal, and a project mapping the service provision for vulnerable populations in contact with the police across Bradford with Professor Adam Crawford. We are utilising mixed-methods approaches and aim to work collaboratively in co-producing research with vulnerable groups.

I joined the University of Leeds from Edinburgh Napier University in May 2022. At Edinburgh Napier I am completing (post-viva) my PhD and worked as an Associate Lecturer (2018-2022). My PhD explores the role, value and culture of learning within Police Scotland and utilised a mixed-methods approach to explore learning in relation to the Scottish policing context from different perspectives. These included police officers across rank and file, practitioners from allied professions and students on a Scottish policing focussed university degree course.

I am currently working with Police Scotland to integrate my findings into their Strategic Review of Training and Development. As an Associate Lecturer I taught on Criminology, Sociology and Research Methods modules, supervised honours project students and supported learning events across the School of Applied Sciences. In 2021, I completed an internship with the Scottish Government Justice Analytical Services exploring prison release mechanisms and how to avoid up-tariffing and net-widening through policy reforms.

In addition, I was the postgraduate research representative for Edinburgh Napier University and the Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR) (2019-2022). Within these roles, I actively supported and developed the postgraduate research community. I continue to be heavily involved in the postgraduate and early career research community in Scotland and continue to work closely with my colleagues from SIPR and Edinburgh Napier University.

I am the conference lead for the European Society of Criminology (ESC) Policing Working Group where I support the annual conference and policing working group panels, as well as organising pre-conference events.

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  • MSc Applied Criminology and Forensic Psychology
  • BA (Hons) Criminology

Professional memberships

  • Advance HE
  • European Society of Criminology