Ruth Weir

Postgraduate Research Student
Department of Sociology
Catalyst Project Research Fellow
Department of Government
 Ruth Weir



I am a Research Fellow in the ImpacTeam, part of the Catalyst Project ( ). The team designs and conducts impact evaluations. I am currently working with Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, Red Balloon Foundation and Colchester Borough Homes. I am an interdisciplinary researcher with a particular interest in the spatial distribution of crime and its predictors. My PhD focuses on individual, family and neighbourhood level predictors of domestic abuse in Essex. I also teach Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to undergraduates and postgraduates in the Department of Sociology and I run a university wide Proficio Course. I read Geography at University College London (UCL). After graduating in 2001 I worked as a researcher in the Community Safety Unit at Suffolk County Council. Whilst working in Suffolk I went back to UCL to complete an MSc in Geographical Information Science. Following this I worked as a GIS specialist in the Research, Development and Statistics Directorate at the Home Office before returning to local government to work in research and intelligence roles. Prior to commencing my PhD I was working as a subject matter expert on the Whole Essex Community Budget Domestic Abuse Project. My PhD, which is funded by Essex County Council and ESRC, continues to support this work.


  • Geography (BSc) University College London, (2001)

  • Geographical Information Science (MSc) University College London, (2005)


University of Essex

  • Research Fellow, Government, University of Essex (27/8/2018 - present)

  • GTA, Sociology, University of Essex (1/10/2014 - 1/6/2018)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Domestic abuse

Identifying predictors of domestic abuse at the individual, family and neighbourhood level in Essex.

Key words: Quantitative methods

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Crime, Policy and Social Justice (SC382)

  • Dissertation (SC981)


Journal articles (2)

Gill, AK., Cox, P. and Weir, R., (2018). Shaping Priority Services for UK Victims of Honour-based Violence/Abuse, Forced Marriage, and Female Genital Mutilation. Howard Journal of Criminal Justice. 57 (4), 576-595

Weir, RM. and Bangs, M., (2007). The Use of Geographic Information Systems by Crime Analysts in England and Wales. Home Office Research Study. 03/07

Book chapters (1)

Day, AS., Jenner, A. and Weir, RM., (2018). Domestic Abuse: Predicting, Assessing and Responding to Risk in the Criminal Justice System and Beyond.. In: Women and the Criminal Justice System Failing Victims and Offenders?. Editors: Milne, E., Brennan, K., South, N. and Turton, J., . Springer. 3319767747. 9783319767741



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