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Becky Thompson

Associate Professor

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Sociology Nottingham Civic Exchange


Dr Becky Thompson is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Nottingham Trent University. Her research focuses upon household burglary, anti-social behaviour (ASB) and police-academic collaboration. Much of this involves working with external partners, for example the East Midlands Policing Academic Collaboration (EMPAC).

With regard to teaching, Becky is the course leader for the Postgraduate Certificate in Policing Research; a course designed specifically for police officers and staff. She also teaches on a number of undergraduate Criminology modules. Her main teaching interests relate to crime reduction and policing.

Career overview

Becky has worked in the Sociology Department since 2015. She graduated with a PhD in Criminology from Nottingham Trent University in 2014. She was awarded an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Loughborough University in 2009, having graduated from there with an undergraduate degree in Criminology and Social Policy in 2008.

Prior to her PhD, Becky worked for Leicestershire Constabulary (with a specific remit around crime reduction and community safety) before being awarded a Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship to undertake doctoral study. Since her PhD, she has held research positions at a number of academic institutions. This involved carrying out policing-related research and working closely with public and voluntary sector partners.

Research areas

Becky’s research focuses upon household burglary, ASB and police-academic collaboration. Much of this involves working alongside external partners, for example the East Midlands Policing Academic Collaboration (EMPAC). She has been awarded research funding from a number of sources, including the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Becky was a Research Assistant on an ESRC-funded project entitled 'Which burglary security devices work for whom and in what context?'. This project involved working alongside Professor Andromachi Tseloni (Principal Investigator), Professor Graham Farrell, Professor Nick Tilley and Dr Louise Grove. It utilised data from the Crime Survey for England and Wales and expert advice from an advisory committee (made up of local and national stakeholders) to assess the effectiveness of security devices in protecting against household burglary. This work has informed both local and national policy relating to burglary security.

In addition, Becky is the Principal Investigator for another ESRC Secondary Data Analysis Initiative grant which seeks to answer ‘who experiences ASB and in what context?’ She also coordinated the successful EMPAC bid to the College of Policing, Higher Education Funding Council for England and Home Office Police Knowledge Fund. This involved 19 partners, including five police forces, five Police and Crime Commissioners and seven universities.

External activity

Becky routinely collaborates with a variety of external partners in an attempt to bridge the gap between academic research, policy and practice across policing and criminal justice. To this end, she is an active member of the strategic board for EMPAC. In addition, the vast majority of her research projects involve collaboration with external partners.


  • Tseloni, A., Thompson, R., Grove, L., Tilley, N. and Farrell, G. (2014) 'The effectiveness of burglary security devices'. Security Journal. doi: 10.1057/sj.2014.30.
  • Tilley, N., Thompson, R., Farrell, G., Grove, L. and Tseloni, A. (2015) 'Do Burglar Alarms Increase Burglary Risk? A Counterintuitive Finding and Possible Explanations', Crime Prevention and Community Safety, 17(1). doi: 10.1057/cpcs.2014.17.
  • Thompson, R. (2017) Portable electronics and trends in goods stolen from the person. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 54(2), pp. 276-298.
  • Tseloni, A. and Thompson, R. (2015) 'Securing the Premises', Significance, 12(1), pp. 32-35.
  • Tseloni, A., Farrell, G., Thompson, R., Evans, E. and Tilley, N. (2017) Domestic burglary drop and the security hypothesis, Crime Science, 6(1).
  • Tseloni, A., Thompson, R. and Tilley, N. (Eds) (in progress) Burglary and Security. Springer US

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Press expertise

  • Burglary
  • Anti-Social Behaviour
  • Crime Statistics