Professor Jennifer  Brown

Professor Jennifer Brown

Visiting Professor

Mannheim Centre for Criminology

+44 (0)20 7955 6445
Key Expertise
Police occupational culture, Gender and policing, Occupational stress, Rape

About me


I am a chartered forensic and chartered occupational psychologist. Previously I was Head of Psychology at the University of Surrey and prior to that worked at Hampshire Constabulary as their research manager. Currently I am a visiting professor attached to the Mannheim Centre. 

Research interests

I am interested in police occupational culture especially with reference to stress experienced by officers and diversity particularly women's role and coping strategies. I also have researched the investigation of rape from the perspective of police decision making and the provision of behavioural investigative advice. I research aspects of decision making in murder enquiries.  Most recently I have undertaken research and commented up evidence based practice in policing.

External activities

I recently wrote the supporting academic review of rape research with three colleagues (Miranda Horvath, Liz Kelly and Nicole Westmarland) to support Baroness Stern's report into the investigation and prosecution of rape in England and Wales. I am an associate editor of the International Journal of Police Science and Management. I was the 2011 recipient of the Sir Alan Stilwell award from Griffith University, Brisbane and spent a three week study visit with colleagues from the Department of Psychology and the Centre for Excellence in Policing. I was deputy to Lord Steven in his enquiry into the future of policing. In 2019 I was appointed to the Ethics Panel of the Mayor’s Officer for Police and Crime.


Recent books

  • Brough, P., Brown, J., and Biggs, A (2016) Improving criminal justice workplaces; translating theory and research into evidence-based practice. Abingdon: Routledge
    This discusses recent research into occupational culture, employment engagement leadership. Communication and professionalisation. The book goes on to describe methods of organisational consultation and then offers some practice solutions.
  • Brown, J., Shell, Y., and Cole, T. (2015) Forensic psychology; theory, research, policy and practice. London: Sage.
    Winning the British psychology Society’s prize for best text book this is a comprehensive account of the discipline of forensic psychology.
  • Brown, J., Miller, S., Northey, S., and O’Neill, D. (2014) What works in therapeutic prisons; evaluating psychological change in Dovegate therapeutic community. London: Palgrave Macmillan. 
    Findings from a longitudinal research project evaluating the impacts of a prison based therapeutic community are described including details of interviews, focus groups and survey.
  • Brown, J.M. (ed.) The future of policing. London: Routledge. 2013
    Bringing together contributions from both key academic thinkers and police professionals, this book discusses new policing paradigms, lays out a case for an evidence-based practice approach and draws attention to developing areas such as terrorism, public order and hate crime.

  • Brown, J.M.. and Walklate, S.L. (eds.) Handbook on sexual violence. London: Routledge. 2011
    This book contextualizes the complexity of sexual violence within a braoder context- from war to the resolution of interpersonal disputes- and covers a wide span including sexual harrassment, bullying, rape and murder as well as domestic violence.

Recent articles and book chapters

  • Brown, J. (2020). Do graduate police officers make a difference to policing? Results of an integrative literature review. Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, 14(1), 9-30.
  • Brown, J., McDowall, A., Gamblin, D., & Fenn, L. (2020). Assessing transmission and translation of learning about evidence-based policing by graduate trainee police officers. Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, 14(1), 119-134.
  • Brown, J., Fleming, J., & Silvestri, M. (2020). Policewomen’s perceptions of occupational culture in the changing policing environment of England and Wales: A study in liminality. The Police Journal,
  • Brown, J. (2019). Evidence based policing: competing or complementary models.In Fielding, N., Bullock, K., and Holdaway, S. (eds.) Critical reflections on evidence-based policing. London: Routledge.
  • Brown, J., & Silvestri, M. (2019). A police service in transformation: implications for women police officers. Police Practice and Research, 1-17.
  • Brown, J., Fleming, J., Silvestri, M., Linton, K., & Gouseti, I. (2019). Implications of police occupational culture in discriminatory experiences of senior women in police forces in England and Wales. Policing and Society, 29(2), 121-136.
  • Brown, J., Belur, J., Tompson, L., McDowall, A., Hunter, G., & May, T. (2018). Extending the remit of evidence-based policing. International journal of police science & management, 20(1), 38-51.

Expertise Details

Police occupational culture; Gender and policing; Mixed methods research; Occupational stress; Rape