Dr Claire Davis

Lecturer in Criminology

School/Department: Criminology, School of

Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 5707



Claire joined University of Leicester as a Lecturer in Criminology in May 2018 having previously held posts at Liverpool John Moores University and Nottingham Trent University. She has a first-class BA (Hons) Sociology from Lancaster University and an MSc Clinical Criminology from the University of Leicester. Claire was awarded my PhD in 2018 my thesis examined police officers’ understandings and experience of leadership. During her PhD Claire chaired the British Society of Criminology’s Postgraduate Committee and sat on the Executive Committee of the Society. Claire has extensive experience of research and teaching in policing. Prior to beginning my PhD Claire held research positions at The Police Foundation the criminal justice consultancy Morgan Harris Burrows and the Home Office Regional Research Team in the East Midlands. Claire is currently an Associate Inspector for Leadership with HMICFRS and Academic Advisor on the College of Policing’s National First Line Supervision Guideline Committee


Power authority and leadership

Sociology of policing

Police occupational culture/s

Diversity in policing


Davis C. and Silvestri M. (2020) 'Critical Perspectives on Police Leadership' Bristol: Policy Press

Davis C. (2020) 'Rank Matters: Police leadership and the authority of rank' Policing and Society 30(4): 446-461

Davis C. (2019) ‘Police Leadership and the Authority of Rank’ in P. Ramshaw M. Simpson and M. Silvestri (eds.) ‘Police Leadership: Changing Landscapes’ Bristol: Policy Press

Davis C. (2018) ‘Book Review: Leading the police: a history of chief constables 1835-2017’ Policing and Society 28:6 748-750 DOI: 10.1080/10439463.2018.1484605

Davis C. and Bailey D. (2018) ‘Police Leadership: The Challenges for Developing Contemporary Practice’ International Journal of Emergency Services 7(1):13-23"


Police leadership and command

Critical incident management in the police

Recruitment selection and promotion in the police

Police training education and development

Police occupational culture

Diversity in the police


Doing Criminological Research (Undergraduate)

Critical Issues in Policing (Postgraduate)

Dissertations (Postgraduate)

Press and media

Police leadership
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