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Mr Paul Turnbull

  • Overview



    Paul joined the School of Law in 2011 as a Senior Research Fellow and Co-Director of the Institute of Criminal Policy Research (ICPR), which moved from King's College London to Birkbeck.

    Paul has over 20 years' experience of researching criminal policy for a range of government departments and non-governmental organisations. In his early career he primarily conducted research on illicit drug use, drug using offender populations and the criminal justice system. More recently he has undertaken a range of projects looking at the quality and effectiveness of services within the criminal justice system and intervention targeted at offenders. He is a member of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs working group on poly drug use and the EMCDDA working group on drug law enforcement.

  • Research


    Research overview

    Paul currently leads a team conducting a national study considering the relative effectiveness of the juvenile secure estate for the Youth Justice Board (YJB) as well as a study of EU drug markets and the national evaluation of the Offender Engagement Programme for the National Offender Management Service.

  • Supervision and teaching

    Supervision and teaching


    Current doctoral researchers


    Doctoral alumni



    Teaching modules

    • Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice (LADD059S7)
    • Critical Skills and Research Methods in Criminology and Criminal Justice (LALA106H5)
    • Drugs, Crime and Criminal Justice (LALA150H5)
    • Research Methods in Criminology (LALA173S7)
  • Publications


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