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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 over 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 environmental criminology, 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.

 

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Systematic evidence map of disparities in police outcomes -->

The infographic on the right summarises an evidence map that my research team systematically assembled on disparities in police outcomes. This was commissioned by New Zealand Police as part of their 'Understanding Policing Delivery' programme of work.

Originally we were tasked with identifying international literature on police bias. But, as we articulate in the associated report here, this has been incredibly challenging to study. 

You can find a version of the interactive evidence map here. This is a free resource for other researchers to use when exploring the evidence base relating to disparities in police outcomes. We hope it is useful!

  

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This journal paper wins my longest paper in production award! (Because the three women authors all took maternity leave at different points of the publication process). See the video I made summarising the findings on the left, or this twitter thread for a more detailed summary. And of course, you can access the research from my 'publications' page.