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Rick Brown

Deputy Director (Research)

Academic qualifications

  • BA (Hons) (University of Hertfordshire)
  • MA (University of Westminster)
  • PhD (London School of Economics and Political Science)

Selected employment

  • 2011– Deputy Director (Research), Australian Institute of Criminology
  • 2001–2011 Managing Director, Evidence Led Solutions Limited
  • 1998–2001 Research Manager, Home Office Policing and Reducing Crime Unit
  • 1996–1998 Senior Research Officer, Home Office Police Research Group
  • 1994–1996 Research Officer, Home Office Police Research Group
  • 1990–1994 Research Officer, Oxfordshire Probation Service

Current areas of specialisation/expertise

  • Crime prevention
  • Community safety
  • Property crime
  • Organised crime
  • Policing

Publications

Book chapters

  • Brown R 2014. Tip-toeing through the credibility mine field: Gaining social acceptance in policing research, Cockbain E & Knutsson J (eds), Applied police research: Challenges and opportunities. London: Routledge
  • Clarke RV & Brown R 2011. International trafficking of stolen vehicles, in Natarajan M (ed), International crime and justice. New York: Cambridge University Press
  • Brown R 2010. Vehicle crime, in Brookman F, Maguire M, Pierpoint H & Bennett T (eds), Handbook on crime. Collumpton: Willan
  • Brown R 2006. The role of project management in implementing community safety initiatives, in Knutsson J & Clarke RV (eds), Putting theory to work: Implementing situational prevention and problem-oriented policing. Crime Prevention Studies vol. 20. Monsey, NY: Criminal Justice Publishing
  • Brown R 2004. The effectiveness of electronic immobilisation: Changing patterns of temporary and permanent vehicle theft. Crime Prevention Studies vol 17: 99–118
  • Brown R & Clarke RV 2004. Police intelligence and theft of vehicles for export: Recent UK experience. Crime Prevention Studies vol. 17
  • Clarke RV & Brown R 2003. International trafficking in stolen vehicles, in Tonry M (ed), Crime and justice: A review of research. vol 30. Chicago: University of Chicago Press

Reports

  • Brown R 2015. Explaining the property crime drop: the offender perspective. Trends & Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice no. 495. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology
  • Terer K & Brown R 2013. Effective drink driving prevention and enforcement strategies: Approaches to improving practice. Trends & Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice no. 472. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology
  • Brown R 2013. Regulating crime prevention design into consumer products: Learning the lessons from electronic vehicle immobilisation. Trends & Issues in Crime and Criminal Justice no. 453. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology
  • Brown R et al. 2012. The contribution of financial investigation to tackling organised crime: A qualitative study. Home Office Research Report 65. London: Home Office
  • Brown R 2007. Theft from motor vehicles—Identifying potential offenders: A good practice guide. London: National Audit Office
  • Brown R & Payne S 2007. Process evaluation of the Salford Community Justice Initiative. Ministry of Justice Research Series 14/07. London: Ministry of Justice
  • Brown R & Scott MS 2007. Implementing responses to problems. Problem-Oriented Guides for Police Problem-Solving Tools Series Guide no. 7. Washington: US Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Service
  • Brown R, Hopkins M, Cannings A, Payne S & Raybould S 2006. Evaluation of the Arson Control Forum Implementation Fund: Emerging findings. Research Bulletin no. 7. London: Office of the Deputy Prime Minister
  • Brown R, Clarke RV, Sheptycki J & Rix B 2004. Tackling organised vehicle crime: The role of NCIS. Findings 238. London: Home Office
  • Brown R, Hopkins M, Cannings A, Poole H & Raybould S 2004. Implementing arson reduction projects: Findings from the Arson Control Forum’s New Projects Initiative. ACF Research Bulletin no. 2. London: Office of the Deputy Prime Minister
  • Brown R, Hopkins M, Cannings A, Poole H & Raybould S 2004. Evaluation of the Arson Control Forum’s New Projects Initiative: Summary of findings. London: Office of the Deputy Prime Minister
  • Brown R, Hopkins M, Cannings A, Poole H & Raybould S 2004. Tackling vehicle arson: Vehicle removal schemes. ACF Research Bulletin no. 3. London: Office of the Deputy Prime Minister
  • Brown R & Cannings A 2004. Approaches to intelligence led vehicle crime reduction. Home Office Development and Practice Report 25. London: Home Office
  • Brown R, Cannings A & Sherriff J 2004. Intelligence led vehicle crime reduction: An evaluation of Operation Gallant. Home Office Online Report 47/04. London: Home Office
  • Loxley C, Curtin L & Brown R 2002. An evaluation of Summer SPLASH 2000: Findings from six case-studies. Policing and Reducing Crime Unit, Crime Reduction Research Series Paper 12. London: Home Office
  • Tilley N, Pease K, Hough M & Brown R 1999. Burglary prevention: Early lessons from the crime reduction program. Policing and Reducing Crime Unit Crime Reduction Research Series Paper 1. London: Home Office
  • Sallybanks J & Brown R 1999. Vehicle crime reduction: Turning the corner. Policing and Reducing Crime Unit Police Research Series Paper 119. London: Home Office
  • Brown R & Saliba J 1998. The nature and extent of light commercial vehicle theft. Police Research Group Crime Prevention and Detection Series Paper 88.  London: Home Office
  • Rix B, Walker D & Brown R 1997. A study of deaths and serious injuries resulting from police vehicle accidents. London: Police Research Group, Home Office
  • Brown R & Billing N 1996. Tackling car crime: An evaluation of sold secure. Police Research Group Crime Prevention and Detection Series Paper 71. London: Home Office
  • Brown R 1995. The nature and extent of heavy goods vehicle theft. Police Research Group Crime Detection and Prevention Series Paper 66. London: Home Office

Journal articles

  • Brown R 2014. Seeing is believing? Using systematic social observation as an evaluation method. Learning Communities Journal 14: 82-95
  • Brown R & Evans E 2014. Determinants of complainant satisfaction with agency responses to anti-social behaviour. Crime Prevention and Community Safety 16(2): 105–127
  • Brown R 2013. Reaching the parts other investigations cannot reach: Securing convictions for organised crime through financial investigation. Journal of Financial Crime 20(3)
  • Brown R 2013. Reviewing the effectiveness of electronic vehicle immobilisation: Evidence from four countries. Security Journal, advance online publication 14 January 2013. doi: 10.1057/sj.2012.55
  • Brown R & Evans E 2012. When intervention is a load of rubbish: Evaluating the impact of ‘clean-up’ operations. Crime Prevention and Community Safety 14
  • Brown R & Evans E 2011. The impact of the Licensing Act (2003): A case study of Hartlepool Town Centre. Safer Communities Journal
  • Brown R & Thomas N 2003. Aging vehicles: Evidence of the effectiveness of new car security from the Home Office Car Theft Index. Security Journal 16: 45–53

Select presentations

  • Brown R 2015. Crime prevention design in the Australian vehicle registration system. International Association of Auto Theft Investigators Australasian Branch Training Seminar, Perth, 24 March 2015
  • Brown R 2015. Designing out crime: the role of the police. Police Technology Forum, Canberra, 17 March 2015
  • Brown R 2014. Explaining the property crime drop: The offender’s perspective. Crime Prevention and Communities Conference, Melbourne, 10–11 June 2014
  • Brown R & Morgan A 2014. Experimental research and crime prevention in Australia: Are they incompatible? Crime Prevention and Communities Conference, Melbourne, 10–11 June 2014
  • Brown R & Morgan A 2014. CrimTrac and AIC partnership: Identifying, measuring and communicating benefits. Presentation to the CrimTrac Executive Leadership Team, Canberra, 30 May 2014
  • Brown R 2013. Community policing structures in the United Kingdom. Presentation to representatives of Zhengzhou Municipal Housing Security and Real Estate Administration, AIC, 27 September 2013
  • Brown R 2013. Armed robbery in retail and small businesses/markets for stolen goods. Presentation to the NSW Retail Crime Strategic Partnership, 27 August 2013
  • Brown R 2013. International evidence of the effectiveness of electronic vehicle immobilisation: Learning the lessons for crime prevention. Victoria Department of Justice, February 2013
  • Brown R 2013. International trafficking in stolen vehicles: Understanding the Australian context. International Association of Auto Theft Investigators Seminar, April 2013
  • Brown R 2013. International vehicle immobilisation and trafficking. South Australia Vehicle Theft Reduction Committee, Vehicle Theft Awareness Seminar, April 2013
  • Brown R 2103. Forty years on: Recent developments in criminological research at the AIC. Griffith University, May 2013
  • Morgan A & Brown R 2013. Evaluating initiatives that aim to prevent or respond to youth offending, Australasian Youth Justice Conference: Changing Trajectories of Offending and Reoffending, May 2013
  • Brown R 2012. Predicting recidivism based on first offence. Presentation to National Legal Assistance Advisory Body, September 2012
  • Brown R 2012. The role of financial investigation in tackling organised crime: Findings from England and Wales. AIC Occasional Seminar, September 2012
  • Brown R 2012. Organised and transnational crime as a national security issue: The impact of social change. National Security College Senior Executive Development Course, Australian National University, Canberra, 20 February
  • Brown R 2011. When intervention is a load of rubbish: Evaluating the impact of community clean-up operations in the UK. Australian New Zealand Society of Criminology (ANZSOC) conference, Geelong, 29 September
  • Brown R & Beacroft L 2011. Measuring performance with theory driven outcomes. CPA Congress, Canberra, 22 September

Committees/memberships

  • Member of the British Society of Criminology
  • Member of the Australian and Zealand Society of Criminology
  • Member of the Australian Academy of Forensic Science
  • Member of the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators Australasian Branch
  • Board member, Crimestoppers Australia
  • Associate of the Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science, University College London
  • Associate editor of Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology
  • Associate editor, Safer Communities Journal
  • Board member, Security Journal