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Dr Liz Turner BA, MA, PhD

Senior Lecturer Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology

    Research

    Policing, police and democracy

    I am interested in the role and significance of policing and the police in democratic societies. My current research in this area involves ethnographic observations of police discretion in action.

    Public understanding of, and opinions about, criminal justice

    I am interested in how members of the public understand key aspects of criminal justice, and the ways in which their opinions are elicited in order to ensure that they have confidence in the way the system operates.

    The public role of social science, especially debates about 'public criminology'

    I am interested in exploring the role of social scientific endeavours within democratic societies by critically examining the ways in which researchers engage with and critique policy and practice.

    Research Grants

    Every ticket is a story: Piloting a “whole story” approach to understanding ethnic disproportionality in FPNs issued for breaching coronavirus restrictions

    N8 RESEARCH POLICING PARTNERSHIP (UK)

    October 2020 - October 2021

    Catalyst Fund: Innovation and the Application of Knowledge for More Effective Policing

    HIGHER EDUCATION FUND COUNCIL FOR ENGLAND (UK)

    August 2015 - July 2019

    Research Collaborations

    Dr. Mike Rowe

    Project: Police Ethnography Research Collaboration
    Internal

    Long-term ethnographic study of police officers at work. How do they use and make sense of discretion? See: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/management/research/projects/perc/ for more details.

    Dr. Geoff Pearson

    Project: Police Ethnography Research Collaboration
    External: University of Manchester

    Long-term ethnographic study of police officers at work. How do they use and make sense of discretion? See: https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/management/research/projects/perc/ for more details.