PhD Student, University of Portsmouth

Jordan graduated with a first class BSc (Hons) in Criminology with Psychology and a distinction MSc in Crime Science, Investigation and Intelligence, both from the University of Portsmouth. Alongside the degree, he completed the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing (CKP) as part of the Police, Law and Community unit.

In addition to his studies, Jordan was employed as a research assistant at the University of Portsmouth, working with the London Fire Brigade at the Exercise Unified Response simulation project. This project explored frontline communication at critical incidents, in particular, a focus on front-line briefings and information exchange captured through body worn cameras.

Jordan’s current research concerns the collection of Human Intelligence (HUMINT), by developing an evidence base for Source Handler interactions with Covert Human Intelligence Sources (CHIS). This programme of research explores elements of rapport, interviewing techniques and memory for covert policing and intelligence gathering. He is supervised by Professor Becky Milne, Dr Andrea Shawyer (University of Portsmouth), and Professor Dave Walsh (De Montfort University).

Recent publications

Nunan, J., Stanier, I., Milne, R., Shawyer, A., & Walsh, D. (2020). Eliciting human intelligence: police source handlers’ perceptions and experiences of rapport during covert human intelligence sources (CHIS) interactions, Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 1-27.

Nunan, J., Stanier, I., Milne, R., Shawyer, A., Walsh, D., & May, B. (2020). The impact of rapport on intelligence yield: Police source handler telephone interactions with covert human intelligence sources. Psychiatry, Psychology, and Law, 1-19.

Nunan, J., Stanier, I., Milne, R., Shawyer, A., & Walsh, D. (2020). Source handler telephone interactions with covert human intelligence sources: an exploration of question types and intelligence yield. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 1-12. doi:10.1002/acp.3726  

Nunan, J., Stanier, I., Milne, R., Shawyer, A., & Walsh, D. (2020). Source Handler perceptions of the interviewing processes employed with informants. Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism, 1-19. doi:10.1080/18335330.2020.1820069

Stanier, I., & Nunan, J. (2021). The impact of COVID-19 on UK informant use and management, Policing and Society, doi:10.1080/10439463.2021.1896515

Stanier, I. P., & Nunan, J. (2018). Reframing Intelligence Interviews: The Applicability of Psychological Research to HUMINT Elicitation.  In A. Griffiths, & R. Milne (Eds.), The Psychology of Criminal Investigation: From Theory to Practice (pp. 226-248)London: Routledge.

Nunan, J., Milne, R., Shawyer, A., Wakefield, A., Dalton, G., Abbot, R., & Cowup, P. (2016). Don’t break the chain: from effective communication to successful decision-making. Emergency Services Times, 17(6), 50-52.


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