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PhD in Criminology and Social Policy
MSc by Research in Development Geography
BSc in Development and Health in Disaster Management


Louise is a Senior Lecturer in Policing Practice supporting the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) and Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP) Graduate Diploma in Professional Policing Practice courses which form part of the College of Policing’s ‘Policing Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF)’.


Louise has a PhD in Criminology and Social Policy from the International Centre for Policing and Security at the University of South Wales, and operational policing experience from serving as a police officer with West Midlands Police.

Prior to joining the University Louise worked for over fifteen years globally, with international organisations and the United Nations, in the field of human security in conflict and post conflict settings. Most recently Louise worked as a Police Advisor for the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Iraq advising the Iraqi police on implementing a community policing model.

Louise has presented at numerous international conferences, including EUROCRIM and the Stockholm Criminology Symposium, contributed a chapter within the book ‘Researching Police in the 21st Century: lessons from the field’ and has published academic papers on community policing and crime prevention.


Skilling, L & Rogers, C. (2017) ‘Crime prevention and coping mechanisms in neighbourhoods: insights from Kibera, Nairobi’, Crime Prevention and Community Safety, 19(2), 103-121
Skilling L & Zapasnik, M. (2017) ‘Addressing the explosive hazard threat in northern Syria: risk education on UXO, landmines, booby traps and IEDs’, The Journal of Conventional Weapons Destruction, 21(2)
Skilling, L. (2016) ’Community Policing in Kenya: The Application of Democratic Policing Principles’, Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles, 89(1): 3-17
Contributed a chapter on methodologies within the book ‘Researching Police in the 21st Century: Lessons from the field’ (June 2014) Palgrave Macmillan publishers, Hampshire, UK
Contributed to Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian De-mining’s (GICHD) ‘Sourcebook on Socio-Economic Survey’, First Edition (December 2011)

Conference papers:
June 2016: ‘Crime and Safety in an Informal Settlement in Urban Kenya’, at The Stockholm Criminology Symposium, Sweden.
October 2015: ‘The Application of Democratic Policing Norms: Informal and Formal Policing in Kenya’, at the BIEA Annual PhD Conference 2015, Centres and Peripheries: Rethinking Binaries in Kenya and East Africa, Nairobi, Kenya.
September 2015: ’Higher Education: Kenyan Police’, at the Eurocrim 2015: 15th Annual Conference of the ESC, Porto, Portugal
September 2015: ’Democratic Policing and Kenya’, at the Eurocrim 2015: 15th Annual Conference of the ESC, Porto, Portugal
July 2015: ’Community Resilience and Crime in Kenya’, at a Training Exercises for Disaster Resilience, Coventry University, UK.
November 2014: ’Community Safety in Somalia’, at a Crime Prevention Course, Government of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya.
October 2014: ’The Relationship Between Social Control and Crime Control in Kenya’, at the British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA) PhD Student Forum Conference 2014: Insecurity, Anxiety and Uncertainty in Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya
Presented at the United Nations Programme of Action on the ‘Socio-economic impact of depot explosions’. New York, USA, September 2012
Presented at Regional Centre on Small Arms’ conference on ‘Enhancing human security in the Great Lakes Region’. Kenya, April 2010

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