Police professionalisation through academic education: A comparative analysis

Research Institution / Organisation

University of the West of Scotland

In Collaboration With

Edinburgh Napier University; Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR)

Principal Researcher

Andrew Tatnell

Level of Research


Project Start Date

October 2017

Research Context

The purpose of this PhD will be to explore how academic education's role within police professionalisation has developed in different cultural, social and political contexts. In doing so, it will aim to understand how its role has been shaped by factors such as organisational culture, myths, realities, perceptions and the reconfiguration of professional work.

The study will compare and analyse the Scottish perspective of police professionalisation with that in two other European case study countries.

Research Methodology

‚ÄčA qualitative, multiple case study approach will be used.

Interim reports and publications

‚ÄčNot available

Date due for completion

May 2022
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