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Bethany Ward


School of Social Sciences

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Bethany received a first-class undergraduate degree in Criminology from Loughborough University, where she became interested in the use of quantitative methods for criminological research. To further these skills, she then moved on to an MSc in Social Research Methods and Statistics at the University of Manchester. Following the completion of the taught component of her Masters, she started working as a Research Fellow in the Division of Sociology at NTU. She is currently working part-time whilst completing her MSc dissertation.

Research areas

Bethany is interested in using quantitative methods in policy-based research. For her undergraduate thesis, she used basic statistics to determine risk factors influencing females’ involvement in acquisitive crime, and analysis was undertaken on the Offending, Crime and Justice Survey of 2006. Thanks to the high quality of this work, she was awarded the Albert Cherns Memorial Prize.

For her ongoing MSc research, Bethany is aiming to identify why victims of racially motivated hate crime so infrequently report their victimisation to the police. Structural equation modelling will be used to analyse data from the Crime Survey for England and Wales 2014-15.

External activity

Bethany is involved with two East Midlands Academic Collaboration (EMPAC) projects. One project has a focus on incidences of anti-social behaviour (ASB), with the goal of identifying an ASB risk profile and developing understanding of the relationship between ASB and crime victimisation. The research aims to have practical impact by informing police response to ASB reports, with a view to reducing further victimisation.

The other project aims to develop a community engagement household classification which will be used to inform police strategies in targeting local communities to provide them with information, and to engage with them in local decision-making.

Find out more about the EMPAC projects.