Professor and Associate Dean, University of Dundee

Professor Nick Fyfe is the founding Director of the Scottish Institute for Policing Research, a strategic collaboration between a consortium of thirteen universities, Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority.

He is also an Associate Dean in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Dundee, a Visiting Professor at the Norwegian Police University, a Fellow of the Scottish Police College and a trustee of the Police Foundation.

Fyfe is on the editorial boards of several policing journals and in 2014 he was awarded the Distinguished Achievement Award by the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy for his work on developing the use of research evidence in policing policy and practice.

His recent books includes as co-editor Centralizing forces? Comparative perspectives on police reform in northern and western Europe (2013) and Moral Issues in Intelligence-Led Policing (2018). He is currently leading a 4 year evaluation of police and fire reform in Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government.

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Recent Publications

  • Fyfe, N. (2018) ‘The changing ecology and equity of policing: some implications of reconfiguring boundaries in an era of police reform’, Gundhus, H., Ronn, K, and Fyfe, N.R. (eds) Moral Issues in Intelligence-Led Policing (London, Routledge).
  • Mendel, J., Fyfe, N., and den Heyer, G. (2017) ‘Does police force size matter? A review of the evidence regarding restructuring police organisations Police, Practice and Research: an international journal, 18(1).
  • Edwards, A., Chambers, S., Fyfe, N.R. and Henry, A., (2017)‘Urban policing regimes in the UK: diverging tendencies in a federalising state?’, in A. Edwards, E. Devroe, and P. Ponsaers, eds) Policing European Metropolises (London: Routledge, pp. 201-228.
  • Woolnough, P., Stevenson,O , Parr, H. and Fyfe, N. (2017) ‘Geographies of Missing Adults’, in K. Shalev-Greene (ed) Missing Persons: A Handbook of Research (London, Taylor Francis), pp.123-134.
  • Fyfe, N.R (2016). ‘Policing Scotland post-reform: a new politics of policing and a shifting culture of control’, in Croall, H., Mooney, G. and Munro, M. (eds) Criminal Justice in Scotland: critical perspectives (Cullumpton, Willan Publishing). (second edition).


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