Dr. Jose Pina-Sánchez


I joined the University of Leeds as a Lecturer in Quantitative Criminoogy in 2015.

I obtained my PhD in Social Statistics in 2014 at the University of Manchester. Previously I worked as a consultant in Public Policy Evaluation and as a research intern at the Sentencing Council for England and Wales. During the 2014/2015 academic year I worked as a Fellow in Statistics at the LSE. 


Research interests

During my PhD I studied the problem of measurement error in retrospective survey data. At the moment I am investigating the effectiveness of different strategies for the adjustment of measurement error affecting police data.

Following my ESRC internship at the Sentencing Council I have been working with criminal sentence data from the Crown Court. Since I arrived at Leeds I have worked in three different projects funded by the England and Wales Sentencing Guidelines measuring the impact of the Theft, Drugs, Fraud, and Burglary guidelines. As pasrt of our latest project I have also designed a new methodology to assess the impact of new guidelines on consistency in sentencing. I am currently leading a project funded by the National Centre for Research Methods tackling the problem of selection bias in sentence data analysis using a new sacale of sentence severity (https://www.ncrm.ac.uk/research/SentencingData/).

I am also working on other projects looking at discrimination in sentencing, and procedural justice and tax compliance. In my personal website (https://josepinasanchez.wordpress.com/) you can find more detailed descriptions of my on-going research.

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://essl.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>

Professional memberships

  • European Society of Criminology
  • British Society of Criminology
  • Sociedad Española de Investigación Criminológica
  • Royal Statistical Society

Student education

I am an Associate Fellow with the UK Higher Education Academy. Since I arrived in Leeds most of my teaching has concentrated on undergraduate and postgraduate modules on Research Methods in Criminology and Criminal Justice. I have previously taught undergraduate courses on Quantitative Research, Statistical Modelling and Survey Methodology. I am in the process of developing a new Q-Step Quantitative Pathway for students enroled in our BA in Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Criminal Justice Studies