John Coxhead-410 x 410

Professor John Coxhead

Hourly Paid Lecturer


Policing, Crime prevention, Learning & Innovation

Department of Law & Criminology , Royal Docks School Of Business And Law

As a pracademic, I have worked across professional practice and higher education for the last 35 years. My professional experience in policing has involved a number of specialist roles: working with the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), the Strategic Police Matters Unit (SPMU) within the Organisation for Security in Europe (OSCE) and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC). I am an experienced external examiner, academic supervisor, security-cleared researcher and writer of overt (published) and covert (security-sensitive) outputs. I am the founder of the Innovation in Policing national competition.

I continue to work part-time in professional practice, particularly concerning cross-border crime research and strategic intelligence, as well as working internationally on a number of research projects with colleagues in the USA, Canada, India, Australia, Arab Emirates and the Caribbean. I am available for research consultancy, PhD supervision and supporting post-doctoral researchers in dissemination and industrial impact.


  • FRSA

Areas Of Interest

His primary research interests surround policing, particularly around enabling innovation and learning environments. He is the founder of the UK Innovation in Policing annual competition and is keen to create a 'Silicon Valley' centre for policing innovation and enterprise in the UK.

  • Policing research
  • Serious organised crime
  • Innovation
  • Community policing