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Liam Ralph is a Criminology lecturer and teaches on Criminology and Policing degrees, as well as The Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA). He is also currently working on an ESRC-funded Visible Policing project with Professor Mike Rowe (Northumbria University), Professor Andrew Millie (Edge Hill University), and Dr Matt Jones (The Open University). The project is in collaboration with four Police Services in England and Wales, and The College of Policing. Liam recently completed his PhD in June 2020 on police use of social media in Scotland as this involved identifying best practice. At the same time as doing his PhD, Liam undertook an internship with The Scottish Government and examined Scottish Crime and Justice Survey data on public confidence in the police and satisfaction during encounters.

His main research interests are: policing, police legitimacy, public confidence, technology, and social media

Futher Information about the ESRC Visible Policing project can be foud via the website (link)


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Criminology, PhD, The dynamics of police legitimacy and social media in Scotland, Edinburgh Napier University

Oct 2015Jul 2020

Award Date: 1 Jul 2020

Criminology, MRes, University of Glasgow

1 Sept 20141 Sept 2015

Award Date: 1 Sept 2015

Criminology, BA (Hons), Edinburgh Napier University

1 Sept 20101 Apr 2014

Award Date: 1 Apr 2014


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