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Dr Ferhat Tura

Research Fellow

School of Social Sciences


Dr Ferhat Tura is a Research Fellow for the Nottingham Centre for Children, Young People and Families. His current role involves evaluating the Small Steps Big Changes programme, which is a programme of activities designed to improve various outcomes of children in Nottingham.

Career overview

Ferhat graduated from Turkish National Defence University with a double major in System Engineering and Security Studies in 2010 (1st class). He later obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Policing from Turkish Gendarmerie and Coast Guard Academy in 2011 (GPA: 96/100). Between 2011 and 2014, he worked at several positions in the public sector in Turkey. In 2015, he graduated from Cardiff University with a Masters in Crime, Safety and Justice (Merit). He obtained his PhD in Criminology/Policing from Nottingham Trent University in 2019. Whilst doing his PhD, he worked as a Research Assistant for the Quantitative and Spatial Criminology Research Group at Nottingham Trent University where he contributed to two projects - Neighbourhood Watch Membership: Trends, Obstacles, Members' and Potential Members' Profiles and Community Engagement Area Classification which features in the College of Policing Neighbourhood Policing Guidelines. Ferhat also taught Explaining Criminal Behaviour and Introduction to Criminal Justice System modules at Nottingham Trent University. In January 2019, he joined the Nottingham Centre for Children, Young People and Families. He is an ONS (Office for National Statistics) approved researcher.

Research areas

Ferhat is interested in five broad academic themes: early childhood development, crime against children, policing (particularly problem-oriented policing), the crime drop and community engagement.

Ferhat is currently working on the evaluation of various projects as part of the Small Steps Big Changes programme. He is also investigating crime against children in England and Wales employing quantitative research methods (e.g. generalised linear mixed models and multilevel statistical modelling) to analyse cross-national and longitudinal national surveys.


Tseloni, A. and Tura, F., 2019. Neighbourhood Watch Membership: Trends, obstacles, members’ and potential members’ profiles. A report for the Neighbourhood Watch Network. Available at:

Tura, F., 2019. Exploring the role of problem-oriented policing in the burglary drop in England and Wales. PhD, Nottingham Trent University.

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