Professor Stuart Lister

Professor Stuart Lister


I am Professor of Policing and Criminal Justice. I joined the School in 2001, working on a series of linked research projects, before gaining a lectureship in 2004. Prior to this, I worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Keele and at Durham University.

I have held several leadership positions in the School. Between 2012 and 2016 I was Postgraduate Research Tutor, responsible for research degrees and postgraduate research strategy. I have led undergraduate and postgraduate criminology and criminal justice degrees, and been a member of the School’s Senior Management Team, the Research and Innovation Committee and the Taught Student Education Committee.

I am currently Head of Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Social Sciences, responsible for developing, promoting and delivering the vision for postgraduate research, in co-ordination with the Leeds Social Sciences Institute, the White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership and the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities.

I am currently Chair of the University’s Postgraduate Researcher Recruitment Group. I also have key role across the University for formulating the training offer for postgraduate researchers. I am a member of the Academic Quality Committee of the White Rose Doctoral Training Centre, as well as of the ESRC Peer Review Assessor College (CDTs), and am an ESRC +3 (Studentship) Award Assessor.

I am External Examiner at Cardiff University to a suite of taught social sciences postgraduate degrees and at Northumbria University to its (College of Policing accredited) undergraduate policing degree. I have previously acted as an external advisor to policing and criminal justice degree programmes at several institutions, including Liverpool John Moore’s University, Huddersfield University, Surrey University and Leicester University.


  • Head of Faculty of Social Sciences Graduate School
  • AQC Member - White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership

Research interests

My research interests focus on exploring the arrangement and provision of contemporary policing, inclusive of public and private policing.

My most recent book is an edited collection (with Anthea Hucklesby), Criminal Justice and the Private Sector (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). Prior to this, I edited a collection of essays on the accountability and governance of policing (with Mike Rowe), Accountability of Policing (Routledge, 2015). I have authored several papers on police governance in the context of the emergence of Police and Crime Commissioners in England and Wales.

I have completed several studies on plural forms of policing, including the first evaluation of Police Community Support Officers in West Yorkshire in 2005. My research in this area has focused broadly on the diversification of visible patrol in public spaces, the pluralisation of the public police, and the governance of plural networks of policing.

Publications in this area, include Bouncers: Violence and Governance in the Night-time economy (with Hobbs, Hadfield and Winlow, 2003), The Extended Policing Family: visible patrols in residential areas (with Crawford, 2004), Plural Policing: the mixed economy of visible security patrols (with Crawford, Blackburn and Burnett 2005).

I recently completed a study of police use of body-worn cameras (with Jose Pina-Sánchez), funded by the N8 Policing Research Partnership. Prior to that, I completed an ESRC funded-study exploring the police-community engagement, as part of a wider Knowledge Exchange partnership project with West Yorkshire Police.

I am currently on the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Police Science and Management (2018-) and Policing and Society: An International Journal of Research and Policy (2017-). I have previously been co-editor of Criminology and Criminal Justice: An International Journal (2012-2015).


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Professional memberships

  • British Society of Criminology
  • European Society of Criminology
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • British Psychological Society

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Criminal Justice Studies

Current postgraduate researchers

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