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Dr Jan Stockdale

I have been awarded an MBE in the 2014 Queen's Birthday Honours for services to higher education. Read more

I studied Psychology (BSc and PhD) at University College London before joining LSE as a social psychologist. Although now part time in the Psychology@LSE Department, I am also a member of both the Mannheim Centre for the Study of Criminology and Criminal Justice and LSE London Centre for Urban and Metropolitan Research. I have been a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley and at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. I have also combined my career as a social psychologist with a number of School-wide roles. These include Adviser to Women Students, Associate Director LSE Gender Institute, Dean of Recruitment, Dean of Admissions and Chair of the School Board of Examiners. In my current role as Dean of Undergraduate Studies, I oversee the well-being of the 4,000 undergraduate students in the School.

I have always been interested in studying issues which are of theoretical interest and practical importance. My early research focused on a range of 'real life' issues such as crowding – what makes people feel crowded and the impact of subjective crowding – sexual harassment and workplace violence, and the nature and role of leisure in people's lives. I then became interested in how people respond to representations of disability and drugs and campaigns encouraging safer sex behaviour. For the last twenty years, I have been actively involved in research relating to policing, crime reduction and community safety. As well as evaluating police training programmes, I have carried out a number of research projects for the Home Office, other government departments and the Metropolitan Police Service. These include process and impact evaluations of targeted policing initiatives directed at drug-related crime and vehicle crime; assessments of anti-burglary strategies and action against street robbery; the application of economic evaluation to policing activity; a quality control audit of police interviews; an assessment of the presentation of police evidence in court; and analyses of the role and impact of neighbourhood and street wardens both in the UK and elsewhere.

I have also been involved in research into young people's involvement in gangs, the role and sentencing of women in drug trafficking, children's representations of the world of drugs, and mechanisms of multi-agency working and data-sharing. More recently, I have completed an evaluations targeted action against gun crime in London, contributed to a review of the costs of anti-social behaviour and an analysis of young people's involvement in street crime. I have also advised on international comparisons of policing and crime reduction and a study of the illegal use of firearms.  Over the past few years, I have presented research papers on guns and gangs at international conferences in Canada, the UK and mainland Europe and have been a regular contributor to the Chevening Fellows Course at the National Police Improvement Agency at Bramshill. I have recently contributed to research examining the reactions of British Muslims and non-Muslims to the threat of global terrorism, the public's responses to asylum seekers and perceptions of anti-social behaviour. 


As my biography indicates, a recurrent theme in my research has been the analysis of contemporary social problems and policy issues. My current interests include: policing and community safety; crime, anti-social behaviour and social exclusion; violence and harassment; gender issues; health-related behaviour, including drug/alcohol use; and evaluation. My present work continues to be focused on policies and practices aimed at reducing crime and anti-social behaviour and increasing people's security and quality of life.  

Selected Publications

(a) Crime, anti-social behaviour and policing

Cleary, E. and Stockdale, J. Is Britain a respectful society? In E. Park, J. Curtice, K. Thomson, M. Phillips &

E. Clery (eds.) British Social Attitudes: The 25th Report.  Sage/NatCen, 2009.

Stockdale, J.E. & Whitehead, C.M.E. Assessing Cost-Effectiveness, in K. Bullock & N.Tilley (eds.)  Essays in

Problem Oriented Policing: Key Lessons from the Targeted Policing Initiative.  Willan Publishing, 2003

Gresham, P.J., Stockdale, J.E, & Bartholomew, I. Evaluating the Impact of Crimestoppers. Home Office

Online Report 22/03, April 2003.

FitzGerald, M., Stockdale, J.E. & Hale, C. Young People's Involvement in Street Crime.

London: Youth Justice Board, 2003.

Harper, R.L., Harper, G.C. & Stockdale, J.E. The Role and Sentencing of Women in Drug Trafficking Crime.

Legal and Criminological Psychology, 2002, 7,101-104.

Stockdale, J.E., Whitehead, C.M.E. & Gresham, P.J. Applying Economic Evaluation to Policing Activity. Home Office Research, Development & Statistics Directorate. Police Research Series Paper 103, 1999.

Stockdale, J.E. & Gresham, P.J. Tackling Street Robbery: A Comparative Evaluation of Operation Eagle Eye. Home Office Police Policy Directorate, Crime Detection & Prevention Series; Paper 87, 1998.

Stockdale, J.E. & Gresham, P.J. Combating Burglary: An Evaluation of Three Strategies. Home Office Police Department. Crime Detection & Prevention Series: Paper 59, 1995.

Stockdale, J.E. & Gresham, P.J. The Presentation of Police Evidence in Court. Home Office Police Department. Police Research Series: Paper 15, 1995.

Stockdale, J.E. Management and Supervision of Police Interviews. Home Office Police Department. Police Research Series: Paper 5, 1993.

b) Representations of social issues

Andreouli, E & Stockdale, JE Earned Citizenship: Assumptions and Implications. Journal of Immigration,

 Asylum and Nationality Law.  2009, 23 (2), 165-180.

Pearce, J & Stockdale, JE UK Responses to the asylum issue: a comparison of lay and expert views.

Journal of Community & Applied Psychology, 2008, (19), 142-155.

Stockdale, J.E. The Role of the Media. In E. Houghton & A. Roche (Eds) Learning about Drinking. Philadelphia, PA: Brunner-Routledge, 2001.

Hadley, C. & Stockdale, J.E. Children's representations of the World of Drugs. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology. 1996, 6, 233-248.

Stockdale, J.E. The Self and Media Messages: Match or Mismatch? In I. Markova & R.M. Farr (Eds) Representations of Health, Illness and Handicap. Chur, Switzerland: Harwood, 1995.

Purkhardt, S.C. & Stockdale, J.E. Multidimensional Scaling as a Technique for the Exploration of a Social Representation. In G.M. Breakwell and D. Canter (Eds) Empirical Approaches to Social Representations. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1993.

.Stockdale, J.E. & Dockrell, J.E. Developing Effective Safer Sex Advertising. The Royal Society of Medicine, Aids Letter. 1995, 48, 1-4.

Dockrell, J.E. & Stockdale, J.E. Advertising & HIV/AIDS. British Journal of Sexual Medicine, 1994, 21, (5), 12-14.

Stockdale, J.E., Dockrell, J.E. & Wells, A.J. The Self in Relation to Media Representations of HIV/AIDS - Match or Mismatch? Health Education, 1989, 48 (3), 121-130.

Clark, R.I.A., Stockdale, J.E. & Wells, A.J. Software Piracy: How is it Perceived? In 4th Congression Internazionale sul tema, Informatica e Regolamentazioni Giuridiche (Corte Suprema di Cassazione, Centro Ellettronico di Documentazione), 1988.

(c) Sexual Harassment and Workplace Violence

Stockdale, J.E. & Phillips, C.M. Physical Attack and Threatening Behaviour: New survey findings. Occupational Health, 1989, 41 (8), 212-216.

Stockdale, J.E. & Phillips, C.M. Violence at Work: Issues, Policies and Procedures. A case study of two Local Authorities. Local Government Management Board, 1991.

Phillips, C.M., Stockdale, J.E. & Donaldson, L. Under Attack. Municipal Journal, 1-7 March 1991, No. 9, 20-21.

Phillips, C.M., Stockdale, J.E. & Donaldson, L. Violent Times. Municipal Journal, 5-11 April 1991, No. 14, 12.

Stockdale, J.E. Sexual Harassment at Work. In J. Firth-Cozens and M. West (Eds) Women at Work. Open University Press, 1990.

(d) Crowding

Stockdale, J.E. & Hale, D.A. The perception of crowding: Conceptual dimensions and preferences. In N. Herschberg & L.G. Humphreys (Eds) Multivariate Applications in the Social Sciences, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1982, 87-101.

Stockdale, J.E., Wittman, L.S., Jones, L.E. & Greaves, D.A. A multi-dimensional analysis of subjective crowding. In M.R. Gurkaynak & W.A. LeCompte (Eds) Human Consequences of Crowding, New York: Academic Press, 1979, 239-247.

Stockdale, J.E. Crowding: Determinants and effects. In L. Berkowitz (Ed) Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, Vol.11, New York: Academic Press, 1978, 197-247.

Stockdale, J.E. & Schopler, J. A note on cross-cultural applications of multidimensional analysis of subjective crowding. Journal of Population, 1978, 1, 248-250.

Stockdale, J.E., Wittman, L.S., Jones, L.E. & Greaves, D. Conceptual dimensions of crowding: A London (England) study. Journal of Population, 1978, 1, 239-247.

Stockdale, J.E. Determinants and Effects of Crowding, Final Report on Grant No. HR 3740, SSRC, Temple Avenue, London, EC4Y 0BD, 1978.

Schopler, J. & Stockdale, J.E. An interference analysis of crowding. Environmental Psychology and Non-Verbal Behaviour, 1977, 1, 81-88.

(e) Other research

Moore, K.A., McCabe, M.P. & Stockdale, J.E. Factor Analysis of the Personal Assessment of Intimacy in

Relationships Scale (PAIR): Engagement, communication and shared friendships. Sexual and Marital Therapy. 1998, 13, 369-377.

Stockdale, J.E., Wells, A.J. & Rall, M. Participation in free-time activities: a comparison of London and New York. Leisure Studies, 1996, 15, 1-16.

Stockdale, J.E. Concepts and Measures of Leisure Participation and Preference. In E.L. Jackson and T.L. Burton (Eds) Understanding Leisure and Recreation: Mapping the Past, Charting the Future. Venture Publishing, 1989.

Wareing, R. & Stockdale, J.E. Decision Making in the Promotion Interview: How Promotion Interview Decisions are Made. Management Decision. 1989, 27, 22-27.

Wareing, R. & Stockdale, J.E. Decision Making in the Promotion Interview: An empirical study. Personnel Review, 1987, 16, 26-32.

Himmelweit, H.T., Biberian, M.J. & Stockdale, J.E. Memory for past vote: Implications of a study of bias in recall. British Journal of Political Science, 1978, 8, 365-384.

Howell, P. & Stockdale, J.E. Memory and display search in binary classification reaction time. Perception and Psychophysics, 1975, 18, 379-388.

(f) Texts

  Stockdale, J.E., Seaborne, A.E.M. & Franks, B. Elements of Social and Applied Psychology (2nd Edition) University of London, 2005.

Stockdale, J.E, & Seaborne, A.E.M. Elements of Social and Applied Psychology. University of London, 1996.

I very much enjoy good food and wine – I am Chair of LSE's Wine Advisory Group – and socialising with friends. I love the theatre, ballet and opera and am an avid reader – especially biography and modern fiction. I am also a keen gardener – a patio garden requires both imagination and constant watering – and find visiting other people's gardens provides both enjoyment and ideas. I derive considerable pleasure from walking, swimming and spending time by the sea in my home city of Portsmouth.


Dr Jan Stockdale
Dr Jan Stockdale

"I have recently contributed to research examining the reactions of British Muslims and non-Muslims to the threat of global terrorism, the public's responses to asylum seekers and perceptions of anti-social behaviour".