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Professor Jenny Fleming 

Departmental Director of Postgraduate Teaching Programmes Criminology, PGT Admissions & Lead & Departmental seminar organiser, Director of the Institute of Criminal Justice Research

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Professor Jenny Fleming is Professor of Criminology within Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology at the University of Southampton.

The What Works Centre for Crime Reduction is one of the first national centres and I feel very privileged to be part of it.

Professor Fleming joined the University of Southampton as Professor of Criminology in 2012 and am the Co-Director of the Institute of Criminal Justice Research at the University of Southampton. Professor Fleming completed her PhD at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia in 1998 and was awarded a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education in 2002. From 2000-2002. She was a Senior Research Fellow with the Key Centre for Law, Justice Ethics and Governance in Brisbane, Australia. As a Fellow at the Australian National University (Canberra, ACT), Professor Fleming was the chief coordinator of an Australian Research Council funded project, Policing in the 21st Century with the Australian Federal Police (2003-2006). From 2006-2011, Professor Fleming was a Professorial Research Fellow and then Director of the Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies at the University of Tasmania.

For the past 20 years, Professor Fleming has worked on a formal and informal basis with police agencies and police associations in Australia, the United Kingdom, Scotland, Canada, the Netherlands, the United States and New Zealand. She has worked and liaised with organizations such as police associations/unions, Institutes of Policing, Specialist police units (national and international), police academies, the international police executive forum, the Home Office (UK), the Scottish Institute of Policing, Associated Police Chief Officers Association (ACPO) and police organizations generally. Professor Fleming is a strong supporter of participatory action research with the emphasis on practitioner involvement. Professor Fleming has lectured, taught and worked with police officers at all ranks in China, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. She has worked with national and international colleagues in facilitating workshops, seminars, round tables and conferences with and for police practitioners. From 2013 – 2018 Professor Fleming was part of the University Consortium in partnership with the College of Policing, supporting a programme for the What Works Centre for Crime Reduction. She is the co-author of Sage Dictionary of Policing (with Alison Wakefield) and the editor of Police Leadership (2015, Oxford). Recent publications include: 

Professor Fleming is the Editor-in-Chief of Policing and Society, an international journal of research and policy – the journal’s impact factor is: 1.641, ranking 20/58 in the Criminology & Penology JCR Category.

Research interests

My research is interdisciplinary, drawing together the specialist areas of criminology and police studies with the more general concerns of public administration and public policy. I have worked on a range of substantive issues including: the implementation of community policing strategies; building capacity and engagement for police leadership; the provision of criminal justice services to the mentally ill; the policing of anti-social behaviour and alcohol-related violence in and around licensed premises, police management of adult sexual assault, the politics of law and order and the politics of trust and confidence in police services.

My current research interests include: the changing role of the police leader; police and organizational change; the role of evidence based policing in practice. 

Current Research Projects

Working with Public Health, University of Southampton; Hampshire Police; Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care; University of York; PCC, Hampshire & Isle of Wight; Hampton Trust and Restorative Solutions:

“Gateway: A randomised controlled trial, economic and qualitative evaluation to examine the effectiveness of an out-of-court community-based Gateway intervention programme aimed at improving health and well-being for youth offenders; victim satisfaction and reducing recidivism”. 2018-2020

I am interested in hearing from postgraduate students who would like to work in the following areas:

  • Police organisational change
  • Police Leadership
  • Evidence Based Policing
  • Ethnographies of policing


Research group

The Institute of Criminal Justice Research

Research project(s)

Gateway: A study of a community-based Gateway intervention programme

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Book Chapters

CRIM 3002 Issues in Law Enforcement and Social Control
CRIM 1004 Introduction to Criminal Justice Studies
CRIM 6001 Criminal Justice: Policy and Practice
CRIM 6004 Contemporary Policing 


Professor Jenny Fleming
Reception Building 58 University of Southampton Southampton SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

Room Number : 58/4049

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