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Professor Jonathan Jackson

Jonathan Jackson is a Professor of Research Methodology and a member of the Mannheim Centre for Criminology at the LSE. He has held visiting appointments in criminology at Oxford, Sydney, Griffith and Cambridge, in psychology at New York University and John Jay College of Criminal Justice, in law at Yale, and in government at Harvard.

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? What motivates law-related behaviour?

The second centres on risk perception, fear of crime and punitivity. How do people make sense of the threat of criminal victimisation? What are the psychological processes generating and sustaining emotion? What motivates punitive attitudes towards law-breakers?

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.

Jon is an editor of the British Journal of Criminology and on the editorial board of 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. For CV click here.

Some current and recent research projects

  • Moving Forward: Bringing about Change in Interrogation Practice: US Federal Bureau of Investigation, High Value Detainee Interrogation Group.
  • Legal Norms and Crime Control: A Comparative, Cross-National Project. ESRC
  • Trust in Justice: Module in Round 5 of the European Social Survey
  • LCAT2: Item Nonresponse and Measurement Error in Cross-National Surveys. ESRC
  • Fiducia: New European Crimes and Trust-based Policy. European Commission 7th Framework Programme (finished June 2014)
  • LCAT: Latent Variable Modelling of Categorical Data: Tools of Analysis for Cross-national Surveys. ESRC (finished July 2012)
  • Experience and Expression in the Fear of Crime. ESRC (finished July 2007)


Selected papers on criminological topics

  • Murphy, T., Bradford, B. and Jackson, J. (2015). ‘Motivating Compliance Behavior Among Tax Offenders: Procedural Justice or Deterrence?’, Criminal Justice & Behavior. doi: 10.1177/0093854815611166
  • Tyler, T. R., Jackson, J. and Mentovich, A. (2015). ‘The Consequences of Being a Target of Suspicion: Potential Pitfalls of Proactive Police Contact’, Journal of Empirical Legal Studies. 12, 4, 602-636
  • Jackson, J. (2015). ‘Cognitive Closure and Risk Sensitivity in the Fear of Crime’, Legal and Criminological Psychology, 20, 2, 222-240, doi: 10.1111/lcrp.12031. 
  • Jackson, J. and Gouseti, I. (2015). ‘Psychological Proximity and the Construal of Crime', Legal and Criminological Psychology, 20, 2, 212-214, doi: 10.1111/lcrp.12082.
  • Côté-Lussier, C., Jackson, J., Kestens, Y. and Barnett, T. A. (2015). ‘A Child’s View: Social and Physical Environmental Features Differentially Predict Parent and Child Perceived Neighborhood Safety’, Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine, 92, 1, 10-23, doi: 10.1007/s11524-014-9917-0
  • Jackson, J. and Gouseti, I. (2015). ‘Threatened by Violence: Affective and Cognitive Reactions to Violent Victimization’, Journal of Interpersonal Violencedoi: 10.1177/0886260515584336
  • Bradford, B., Hohl, K., Jackson, J. and MacQueen, S. (2015).‘Obeying the Rules of the Road: Procedural Justice, Social Identity and Normative Compliance’, Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, 31, 151-170, doi: 10.1177/1043986214568833.
  • Gerber, M. M. and Jackson, J. (2015). ‘Authority and Punishment: On the Ideological Basis of Punitive Attitudes towards Criminals’, Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, doi:10.1080/13218719.2015.1034060.
  • 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.
  • Jackson, J. and Kuha, J. (2014). ‘Worry about Crime in a Cross-National Context: A Model-Supported Method of Measurement Using European Social Survey Data’, Survey Research Methods, 8, 2, 109-126. pdf 
  • Jackson, J.,Asif, M., Bradford, B. and Zakar, M. Z. (2014). ‘Corruption and Police Legitimacy in Lahore, Pakistan’,British Journal of Criminology, doi: 10.1093/bjc/azu06. 
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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., 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.
  • 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 
  • 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.
  • 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

Selected papers on other topics

  • Singh, I., Bard, I. and Jackson, J. (2014). ‘Robust Resilience and Substantial Interest: A Survey of Pharmacological Cognitive Enhancement among University Students in the UK and Ireland’, PLOS ONE,  doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0105969
  • Sturgis, P., Brunton-Smith, I., Kuha, J. and Jackson, J. (2014). ‘Ethnic Diversity, Segregation and the Social Cohesion of Neighbourhoods in London’, Ethnic & Racial Studies, 37, 8, 1286-1309, 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