Ben Bradford

Professor Ben Bradford

Co-Investigator, Vulnerability & Policing Futures Research Centre

Ben Bradford is Professor of Global City Policing at the Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science, University College London, where he is also Director of the Centre for Global City Policing.

Ben’s research interests include public trust, police legitimacy, cooperation and compliance in justice settings, and social identity as a factor in all these processes. He has also published on organisational justice within police agencies, ethnic and other disparities in policing, and elements of public-facing police work such as neighbourhood patrol, community engagement and stop and search.

Ben’s contribution to the Vulnerability & Policing Futures Research Centre will focus on questions of trust, legitimacy and public attitudes towards policing priorities and potential changes to the focus of police. Some of these questions include:

  • If we want to ‘do policing differently’ is this likely to find public support or opposition?
  • Can people be convinced that change is needed, and if so what do they think needs to be changed?
  • What might be the effect of a significant shift in police activity on trust and legitimacy?