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Dr Simon Cooper

Lecturer
Essex Law School
Dr Simon Cooper
  • Email

  • Telephone

    +44 (0) 1206 876267

  • Location

    5S.4.20, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    Monday 12 - 1pm or please email for an appointment

Profile

Biography

Dr Simon Cooper is the Director of Criminal Law at The University of Essex. Dr Cooper’s research focuses on Police and Crime Commissioners. Recommendations from his recent research have been noted by Parliament, Government, Policing Leaders, The House of Commons, The House of Lords and The Strategic Review of Policing in England and Wales. His research is regularly cited in The Times and The Guardian. Dr Cooper is currently consulting on a project with the Police, HM Prison Service and The Probation Service. Dr Cooper would welcome postgraduate research supervision in the area of police accountability, in particular Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs).

Qualifications

  • PhD University of Essex,

  • LLM University of Essex,

  • BVC City University London,

  • LLB University of East Anglia,

  • Fellow Higher Education Academy,

  • Associate Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Appointments

University of Essex

  • Lecturer, Law, University of Essex (1/9/2017 - present)

Other academic

  • Lecturer, Law, University of Essex (1/9/2017 - present)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Police and Crime Commissioners

Policing and police accountability

Conferences and presentations

Police and Crime Commissioners: s.38 PRSRA 2011, A Corrosive Power?

University of Essex Administrative Power Symposium,, 1/10/2018

2018: Police and Crime Commissioners: A Corrosive Power?

Society of Legal Scholars, 2/9/2018

2014: Making Police Accountable: Governance and Legitimacy

2014

2013: The Challenges for Policing in the 21st Century, Police and Crime Commissioners Conference

2013

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Criminal Law (LW104)

  • Final Year Research Project (LW304)

  • Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice: Law, Policy and Practice (LW349)

Publications

Journal articles (3)

Cooper, S., (2022). Police Relational Accountabilities: The Paralysis of Police Accountability?. Policing: a journal of policy and practice

Cooper, S., (2021). Police and Crime Commissioners: A Dislocated Expectation?. Policing: a journal of policy and practice. 15 (3), 1916-1932

Cooper, SJ., (2020). Police and Crime Commissioners: a corrosive exercise of power which destabilises police accountability?. Criminal Law Review. 2020 (4), 291-305

Other (2)

Cooper, S., Submission of Written Evidence: The Home Affairs Committee, Policing Priorities Inquiry [November 2022]. Submission reference: RKV713065

Cooper, S., (2022).The Strategic Review of Policing in England and Wales, Submission of Evidence Phase 2,The Police Foundation

Grants and funding

2020

Strengthening the Independence and Effectiveness of Police Governance: Reforms to the System of Police and Crime Commissioners [PCCs]

University of Essex (ESRC IAA)

Contact

sjcoop@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 876267

Location:

5S.4.20, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

Monday 12 - 1pm or please email for an appointment