Dr Daniel Birks


I joined the University of Leeds in February 2018 as the University Academic Fellow in Quantitative Policing and Crime Data Analytics. 

I have previously held research and teaching roles at the Griffith Criminology Institute, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia; the Australian Research Council's Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security; and University College London's Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science.

Research interests

A computational social scientist primarily focusing on urban analytics and the role computational methods can play in better understanding, predicting and disrupting crime problems.

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  • PhD Criminology
  • MSc Cognitive Science
  • BSc (Hons) Artificial Intelligence & Computer Science

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Criminal Justice Studies

Current postgraduate researchers

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