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Dr Jonathan Jackson (Professor)

Jonathan Jackson is a Professor of Research Methodology and a member of the LSE's Mannheim Centre for Criminology|. Jon is also Head of the Department of Methodology. 

In the 2014/2015 academic year he is a Senior Research Scholar in Law |at Yale Law School. 

In the past few years he has held visiting appointments at New York University, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Universities of Oxford, Sydney and Cambridge.

Jon’s research has three complementary strands. The first centres on procedural justice and legitimacy in the context of criminal justice. Do people trust their justice systems? Do they believe that the police and criminal courts have the right to hold power and influence?

The second centres on risk perception and fear of crime. How do people make sense of the threat of criminal victimisation? What are the psychological processes generating and sustaining emotional response and appraisal?

The third strand is methodological. Many constructs in the social sciences are not directly observable. We elaborate summarising concepts; we treat concepts as collective properties defined by their empirical indicants; and our measures provide common and shared understandings of the concepts.

Jon’s research focuses on the clarification and elaboration of key concepts at the intersection of criminology and psychology, often in the context of comparative research. For instance, he is working with European Social Survey data to implement new definitions of trust in justice and the legitimacy of legal authorities. He is additionally generating new ways of defining and measuring different types of experience at the heart of ‘fear of crime.’

Jon is on the editorial boards of the British Journal of Criminology| and Race and Justice: An International Journal.| He is also currently co-editing The Routledge Handbook of Criminal Justice Ethics, with Jonathan Jacobs (Department of Philosophy at John Jay College of Criminal Justice).

For more information about his research see his Google Scholar profile| and SSRN profile|.

Some current and recent research projects


Selected papers on criminological topics

  • Bradford, B., Huq A., Jackson, J. and Roberts, B. (2014). ‘What Price Fairness When Security is at Stake? Police Legitimacy in South Africa’, Regulation and Governance, 8, 2, 246-269, doi: 10.1111/.12012. 
  • Bradford, B., Murphy, K. and Jackson, J. (2014). ‘Officers as Mirrors: Policing, Procedural Justice and the (Re)production of Social Identity’, British Journal of Criminology,  54, 4, 527-500,  doi: 10.1093/bjc/azu021.
  • Brunton-Smith, I., Jackson, J. and Sutherland. A. (2014). ‘Bridging Structure and Perception: On the Neighbourhood Ecology of Beliefs and Worries about Violent Crime’, British Journal of Criminology, 54, 4, 503-526, doi: 10.1093/bjc/azu020.
  • Tyler, T. R. and Jackson, J. (2014). ‘Popular Legitimacy and the Exercise of Legal Authority: Motivating Compliance, Cooperation and Engagement’, Psychology, Public Policy and Law,  20, 1, 78-95, doi: 10.1037/a0034514.  
  • Jackson, J., Huq, A., Bradford, B. and Tyler, T. R. (2013). ‘Monopolizing Force? Police Legitimacy and Public Attitudes towards the Acceptability of Violence’, Psychology, Public Policy and Law,  19, 4, 479-497, doi: 10.1037/a0033852.
  • Gerber, M. M. and Jackson, J. (2013). ‘Retribution as Revenge and Retribution as Just Deserts’, Social Justice Research, 26, 1, 61-80, doi: 10.1007/s11211-012-0174-7.
  • Jackson, J. (2013). ‘Cognitive Closure and Risk Sensitivity in the Fear of Crime’, Legal and Criminological Psychology, doi: 10.1111/lcrp.12031. 
  • Sutherland, A., Brunton-Smith, I. and Jackson, J. (2013). ‘Collective Efficacy, Deprivation and Violence in London’, British Journal of Criminology, 53, 6, 1050-1074, doi: 10.1093/bjc/azt050.
  • Jackson, J., Bradford, B., Hough, M., Myhill, A., Quinton, P., and Tyler, T. R. (2012). ‘Why do People Comply with the Law? Legitimacy and the Influence of Legal Institutions’, British Journal of Criminology, 52, 6, 1051-1071, doi: 10.1093/bjc/azs032.
  • Roberts, J. V., Hough, M., Jackson, J. and Gerber, M. M. (2012). ‘Public Opinion towards the Lay Magistracy and the Sentencing Council Guidelines: The Effects of Information on Attitudes’, British Journal of Criminology, 52, 6, 1072-1091, doi: 10.1093/bjc/azs024.
  • Jackson, J. (2011). 'Revisiting Risk Sensitivity in the Fear of Crime', Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 48, 4, 513-537, doi: 10.1177/0022427810395146.
  • Jackson, J., Bradford, B., Hough, M., Kuha, J., Stares, S. R., Widdop, S., Fitzgerald, R., Yordanova, M. and Galev, T. (2011). ‘Developing European Indicators of Trust in Justice’, European Journal of Criminology, 8, 4, 267-285, doi: 10.1177/1477370811411458. For an extended online version, see here 
  • Hummelsheim, D., Hirtenlehner, H., Jackson, J. and Oberwittler, D. (2011). 'Social Insecurities and Fear of Crime: A Cross-National Study on the Impact of Welfare State Policies on Crime-Related Anxieties', European Sociological Review, 27, 3, 327-345, doi: 10.1093/esr/jcq010.
  • Gray, E., Jackson, J. and Farrall, S. (2011). ‘Feelings and Functions in the Fear of Crime: Applying a New Approach to Victimisation Insecurity’, British Journal of Criminology, 51, 1, 75-94, doi: 10.1093/bjc/azq066. 
  • Jackson, J. and Stafford, M. (2009). ‘Public Health and Fear of Crime: A Prospective Cohort Study’, British Journal of Criminology, 49, 6, 832-847, doi: 10.1093/bjc/azp033.
  • Jackson, J. and Bradford, B. (2009). ‘Crime, Policing and Social Order: On the Expressive Nature of Public Confidence in Policing’, British Journal of Sociology, 60, 3, 493-521, doi: 10.1111/j.1468-4446.2009.01253.x.
  • Bradford, B., Jackson, J. and Stanko, E. (2009). ‘Contact and Confidence: Revisiting the Impact of Public Encounters with the Police’, Policing and Society, 19, 1, 20-46, doi: 10.1080/10439460802457594.
  • Jackson, J. and Sunshine, J. (2007). 'Public Confidence in Policing: A Neo-Durkheimian Perspective', British Journal of Criminology, 47, 2, 214-233, doi:10.1093/bjc/azl031. 
  • Jackson, J. (2006). ‘Introducing Fear of Crime to Risk Research’, Risk Analysis, 26, 1, 253-264, doi: 10.1111/j.1539-6924.2006.00715.x.
  • Jackson, J. (2004). 'Experience and Expression: Social and Cultural Significance in the Fear of Crime', British Journal of Criminology, 44, 6, 946-966. doi: 10.1093/bjc/azh048. 

Some recent book chapters on criminological topics

  • Jackson, J., Tyler, T. R., Bradford, B., Hough, M. and Mentovich, A. (2015, forthcoming). ‘Compliance and Legal Authority’, in Wright, J. D (ed.) International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences (second edition), Elsevier.
  • Jackson, J., Bradford, B., Kuha, J. and Hough, M. (2014, forthcoming). ‘Empirical Legitimacy as Two Connected Psychological States’, in, Mesko, G. and Tankebe, J. (eds.), Improving Legitimacy of Criminal Justice in Emerging Democracies, London: Springer. 
  • Bradford, B., Jackson, J. and Hough, M. (2014). ‘Police Legitimacy in Action: Lessons for Theory and Practice’, in Reisig, M. & Kane, R. (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Police and Policing. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 551-570.
  • Jackson, J. and Gouseti, I. (2014). ‘Fear of Crime and the Psychology of Risk’, entry in Bruinsma, G. and Wesiburd, D. (eds.) Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Springer-Verlag, pp. 1594-1603.
  • Tyler, T. R. and Jackson, J. (2013). ‘Future Challenges in the Study of Legitimacy and Criminal Justice’, in Tankebe, J. and Liebling, A. (eds.) Legitimacy and Criminal Justice: An International Exploration. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 83-104.
  • Brunton-Smith, I., Sutherland, A. and Jackson, J. (2013). 'The Role of Neighbourhoods in Shaping Crime and the Fear of Crime', in Manley, D., van Ham, M., Bailey, N., Simpson, L. and Maclennan, D. (eds.) Neighbourhood Effects or Neighbourhood Based Problems? A Policy Context. London: Springer, pp. 67-87.
  • Hough, M., Jackson, J. and Bradford, B. (2013). ‘Legitimacy, Trust and Compliance: An Empirical Test of Procedural Justice Theory Using the European Social Survey’, in Tankebe, J. and Liebling, A. (eds.) Legitimacy and Criminal Justice: An International Exploration. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 326-352.
  • Bradford, B., Jackson, J. and Hough, M. (2013). ‘Police Futures and Legitimacy: Redefining “Good Policing”’, in Brown, J. (ed.) The Future of Policing.  Oxon: Routledge, pp. 79-99. (Invited position paper for the Stevens' Independent Commission on the Future of Policing in England & Wales), pp. 79-99.
  • Hough, M., Jackson, J. and Bradford, B. (2013). ‘The Governance of Criminal Justice, Legitimacy and Trust’, in Body-Gendrot, S., Lévy, R., Hough, M. Snacken, S. and Kerezsi, K. (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of European Criminology. Oxon: Routledge, pp. 243-265.
  • Brunton-Smith, I. and Jackson, J. (2012). 'Urban Fear and its Roots in Place', in Ceccato, V. (ed.) Urban Fabric of Crime and Fear. Springer, pp. 55-82. 
  • Gray, E., Jackson, J. and Farrall, S. (2011). ‘In Search of the Fear of Crime: Using Interdisciplinary Insights to Improve the Conceptualisation and Measurement of Everyday Insecurities’, in Gadd, D., Karstedt, S. and Messner, S. (eds.), Sage Handbook of Criminological Research Methods. London: Sage Publications, pp. 268-281.

Selected papers on other topics

  • Kuha, J. and Jackson, J. (2014). ‘The Item Count Method for Sensitive Survey Questions: Modelling Criminal Behaviour’, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series C (Applied Statistics),  63, 2, 321-342, doi: 10.1111/rssc.12018
  • Sturgis, P., Brunton-Smith, I., Kuha, J. and Jackson, J. (2013). ‘Ethnic Diversity, Segregation and the Social Cohesion of Neighbourhoods in London’, Ethnic & Racial Studies, doi: 10.1080/01419870.2013.831932.
  • Gaskell, G., Allansdottir, A., Allum, N., Castro, P., Esmer, Y., Fischler, C., Jackson, J., Kronberger, N., Hampel, J., Mejlgaard, N., Quintanilha, A., Rammer, A., Revuelta, G., Stares, S., Torgersen, H. and Wagner, W. (2011). 'The 2010 Eurobarometer on the Life Sciences', Nature Biotechnology, 29, 2, 113-114, doi:10.1038/nbt.1771.  
  • Mulford, M., Jackson, J. and Svedsater, H. (2008). ‘Encouraging Cooperation: Revisiting Group Identity and Cooperative Norm Effects in Prisoners’ Dilemma Games’, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 38, 12, 2964-2989, doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2008.00421.x.
  • Callender, C. and Jackson, J. (2008). ‘Does the Fear of Debt Constrain Choice of University and Subject of Study?’, Studies in Higher Education, 33, 4, 405-429, doi: 10.1080/03075070802211802.
  • Gaskell, G., Einsiedel, E., Hallman, W., Hornig Priest, S., Jackson, J. and Olsthoorn, J. (2005). 'Social Values and the Governance of Science', Science, 310, 1908-1909, doi: 10.1126/science.1119444.
  • Callender, C. and Jackson, J. (2005). ‘Does the Fear of Debt Deter Students from Higher Education?’, Journal of Social Policy, 34, 4, 509-540, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S004727940500913X  
  • Gaskell, G., Ten Eyck, T., Jackson, J. and Veltri, G. (2005). 'Imagining Nanotechnology: Cultural Support for Innovation in Europe and the United States', Public Understanding of Science, 14, 1, 81-90, doi:10.1177/0963662505048949.
  • Gaskell, G., Ten Eyck, T., Jackson, J. and Veltri, G. (2004). 'Public Attitudes to Nanotech in Europe and the United States', Nature Materials, 3, 8, 496, doi: 10.1038/nmat1181

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