Dr Lisa Tompson is a Senior Lecturer at the New Zealand Institute for Security and Crime Science at the University of Waikato. She was awarded her MSc. and Ph.D. in Crime Science from University College London (UCL). 

Lisa has worked in the field of crime science for 15 years. Before that she was a Police Crime Analyst. Her research focuses on generating and synthesising evidence that supports evidence-informed crime reduction, and therefore spans an eclectic range of topics. She does training and consultancy for police and crime reduction agencies, helping them to measure (sometimes hidden) crimes and exploiting their data to generate insights that advance their practice.

Lisa has taught introductory courses on security and crime science, criminology and criminal justice, and intermediate courses in crime mapping and situational crime prevention.​

In recent years she has contributed to equality agendas in UK higher education and has a keen interest in environmental issues.

Lisa would like to pretend she has interesting hobbies, but the reality is that these are a distant memory since her kids were born. One day she hopes to get back to yoga, dancing badly, cooking (for people who like trying food in colours other than beige) and wine tasting. She also would like to stop talking about herself in the third person, but apparently this is good for search engine optimisation. Go figure.


This is one of my proudest papers. I worked with a stellar group of Crime Science academics on the project that this paper is the product of. It surveys the systematic review evidence-base for crime reduction and finds it lacking in relevance for end-users.

See the twitter thread I wrote to see more about the background behind this work or my publications page for a link to access the paper.