Universities’ Police Science Institute (UPSI)

Evidence for the Art, Craft & Science of Policing

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The Universities' Police Science Institute (UPSI), which is part of Cardiff University’s Crime and Security Research Institute (CSRI), was established in 2007 in partnership with South Wales Police to develop the research evidence base for the art, craft and science of policing. Since its inception it has secured in excess of £5million external funding from various policing and governmental agencies. Combining academic rigour with a strong focus upon policy and practice, it has achieved international renown for its innovations in designing, developing and assessing new solutions to policing problems. The Institute's work ranges from 'problem-finding' to 'problem-solving' across the full spectrum of policing.


Our research programme is organised around six key research themes:


Behavioural Crime Prevention


Digital Behavioural Analytics & Open Source Data

Counter-Terrorism Policing

Neighbourhood Policing

Policing Technologies



In addition to the above thematic areas, we also have particular expertise in the following research methods, where ongoing studies are being conducted:

  • Police Homicide Investigations;

  • Counter-Terrorism;

  • Violent Crime and Gun Crimes;

  • Spatial Analysis;

  • Social Media Analysis;

  • Qualitative Methods;

  • Survey Analysis;

  • Complex Policy Evaluations;

  • Image Analytics;

  • Safeguarding;

  • Natural Language Processing;

  • Machine Learning;



Our work has been instrumental in providing an evidence base to inform national and international policy in a number of areas, including:

  • PREVENT Strategy

  • Home Office Policy on Anti-Social Behaviour

  • Community Intelligence Methodology adopted by both the London Borough of Sutton and South Wales Police forces

  • Automated Facial Recognition in major policing operations

  • Five Countries Ministerial Working Group on Countering Violent Extremism' (on behalf of the governments of UK, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand)




Research Reports

Briefing Papers




Professor Martin Innes
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Daniel Grinnell
Research Associate
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Diyana Dobreva
Research Assistant
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Marnix Eysink Smeets
PhD Student
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Dr Colin Roberts
Senior Research Fellow
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Andrew Dawson
Research Associate
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Eve Exley
Research Assistant
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Nauman Aqil
PhD Student
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Dr. Helen Innes
Research Fellow
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David Rogers
Research Associate
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Maria Pounara
PhD Student
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Trudy Lowe
Research Fellow
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Bethan Davies
Research Assistant
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Jack Grieg-Midlane
PhD Student
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Crime & Security Research Institute, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Cardiff University, Level 2, Friary House, Greyfriars Rd, Cardiff CF10 3AE

Tel: +44 (0) 2920 870904