Dr Laura Knight


Contact Laura:

Email: Laura.Knight@northampton.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0) 1604 892514 / +44 (0) 7850 260029

Laura began her career at Northamptonshire Police, working in research, analysis and policy roles, leading work on understanding police performance, crime, public perceptions and victim experiences.

With the arrival of the PCC for Northamptonshire in November 2012, Laura moved to the PCC’s Office and led a portfolio of policy work including commissioning victim services and restorative practice, translation of research evidence into practice and faith-based and community initiatives.

Laura gained a first class honours degree (BSc) in Criminology and Social Policy from Loughborough University, receiving the ‘Professor Albert Cherns Memorial Award 2007’. Laura went on to receive a Loughborough Graduate School Scholarship and completed a Masters of Research degree in Social Science Research. Laura completed her doctoral study with the University of Leicester in 2017, which addresses policing approaches to faith communities, perceptions of disproportionality in police protection and surveillance and the effects of community hostility and faith hate crime.

Laura became Director of the IPSCJ in May 2015.

Conferences and event presentations

International Volunteer Law Enforcement Officer Alliance Annual Conference 
1st – 4th November 2017, Dallas, USA
Volunteer Law Enforcement: International Comparisons 

Stockholm International Criminology Symposium
19th – 21st June 2017, Stockholm, Sweden
Police Volunteers and Police Cultures

National Citizens in Policing Conference 
6th June 2017, York, UK
When Volunteering in Policing Doesn’t Work with Superintendent Dave Hill, EMPAC Programme Manager 

Society of Evidence Based Policing Annual Conference 
2nd – 3rd March 2017, Northampton, UK
Confidence in Dealing with Digital Evidence: Issues and Challenges

16th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology: Crime and Crime Control
21st – 24th September 2016, Munster, Germany
Police-faith relations: Understanding the cultural work of policing – link to follow

National Citizens in Policing Summit
21st July 2016, Manchester, UK
The Evidence-Base of Police Volunteering

Are Children Safe?
22nd March 2016, Northampton, UK
Teen Intimate Relationships Report Findings

Stockholm International Criminology Symposium
10th – 12th June 2015, Stockholm, Sweden
Relationships between policing and people of faith: Policing perspectives – link to follow

Protecting our Children in a Modern World
24th March 2015, Northampton, UK
Findings from an Online Safety Consultation with Children and Young People

International Network for Hate Studies Inaugural Conference: Understanding Hate Crime: Research, Policy and Practice
8th – 9th May 2014, University of Sussex, UK
Methodological challenges in exploring the relationship between faith communities and policing – link to follow

British Society of Criminology Annual Conference
2nd – 3rd July 2013, University of Wolverhampton, UK
Rethinking multi-agency working with the introduction of Police and Crime Commissioners – link to follow

Stockholm International Criminology Symposium
8th – 10th June 2013, Stockholm, Sweden
Police and Crime Commissioners: An opportunity for evidence-based approaches to cutting crime – link to follow