Dr Lindsey Rice

School of Law


Lindsey Rice
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Dr Lindsey Rice
School of Law
Bartolomé House
Winter Street
S3 7ND

I cam currently on maternity leave.

I currently work as a Lecturer in Criminology at the School of Law having graduated from the University of Sheffield with a PhD in 2016.

For my doctoral research, which was funded by the Economic Social Research Council (ESRC), I explored the role/s being played by non-warranted civilian investigators relative to that of warranted police detectives within police Criminal Investigation Departments across England and Wales.

My research employed a mixed methods research design and draws upon data collected from semi-structured interviews with police officers and police staff, observation work and a national level semi-structured survey.

Findings from this research have subsequently been used to provide evidence-based recommendations pertinent to the recruitment, training and development of Civilian Investigators (CIs) nationally.

Prior to taking up my current position, I was employed by the University of Sheffield as Research Associate on the ‘Good’ Police Custody Study: Theorising the ‘Is’ and the ‘Ought’.

I am also currently engaged in the development of a new postgraduate level qualification/course for police civilian investigators/investigation officers operating in the complex world of vulnerabilities crime investigation.

This initiative is being funded through a successful bid made to the Police Transformation Fund in conjunction with Durham constabulary as the lead police partner. This role involves close working with a number of partner police forces and the College of Policing.

  • PhD in Criminology, University of Sheffield, 2016
  • MA International Criminology, (2011, University of Sheffield) – awarded with Distinction.
  • BA (Hons) History and Criminology (2008-2011) – First Class
Research interests
  • Police and Policing (in particular criminal investigation, vulnerability and police training/education)
  • Police Reform (in particularly, the civilianisation and privatisation of ‘core’ provision and services)
  • Vulnerabilities Crime
  • Police Custody
  • Police Legitimacy
  • Private Security
  • Criminological Theory
  • Mixed Methods Research

Journal articles


  • Skinns L, Banwell-Moore R, Rice L & Wooff A (2023) Researching Police Custody, Introduction to Policing Research (pp. 123-137). Routledge RIS download Bibtex download
  • Skinns L, Banwell-Moore R, Rice L & Wooff A (2023) RESEARCHING POLICE CUSTODY: Past, Present and Future, Introduction to Policing Research: Taking Lessons from Practice, Second Edition (pp. 123-137). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Rice LJ (2014) Civilianising the Police Detective? Preliminary Findings In de Maillard J, Farrall S, Groenemeyer A & Shapland J (Ed.), Desistance, Social Order and Responses to Crime Antwerpen: Maklu. RIS download Bibtex download
Teaching interests

I am committed to a research-led approach to teaching and do my best to ensure that the modules that I convene and a number of the lectures/seminars I deliver are informed by my own research interests.

At both undergraduate and postgraduate level, I teach on a range of core criminology modules including criminological theory and research methods.

At postgraduate level, I also teach and convene a new course, which draws from the findings of my own doctoral research, training police civilian investigators working in the area of vulnerabilities crime.

I am keen to promote independent learning and place emphasis on helping students develop the skills, knowledge and understanding to make a difference in their current/future careers.

Teaching activities

The modules I teach are:


  • Comprehending Criminology (Convenor)
  • Advanced Introduction: Understanding Criminology (Convenor)
  • Responding to Crime
  • Responding to Crime and Victimisation Offences
  • Skills for Criminologists
  • Introduction to Criminological Research Vulnerabilities Offences


  • The Cultures of Criminology (Convenor)
  • Law, Evidence and Practice in Investigating
  • Investigating Vulnerabilities and Supporting Victims
  • Effects and Risk in Relation to Vulnerabilities
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Methods (Convenor)
  • Investigative Skills (Convenor)
Professional activities and memberships
  • Member of the Centre for Criminological Research Cluster
  • College of Policing – Policing Education Qualifications Framework network