Dr Nick Addis

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  • Qualifications:BSc (Hons), MSc, MSc, PhD
  • Position:Senior Lecturer in Criminology
  • Department:HAS - Health and Social Sciences
  • Telephone:+44117 965 6261
  • Email:Nick.Addis@uwe.ac.uk

About me

Nick joined UWE Bristol in November 2021 as a Senior Lecturer in Criminology, where he teaches modules on criminal/forensic psychology, research methods, and crime prevention. He is currently involved in a series of projects focusing on the prevention of sexual violence across different settings, and, together with colleagues, has established the Preventing Sexual Violence seminar series over the 2022/2023 academic year.

Before joining UWE Bristol, Nick was employed as a senior lecturer in criminology at Sheffield Hallam University, where he was the course leader for the BSc (Hons.) Criminology and Psychology degree. Nick has over 10 years' experience teaching in higher education, and has teaching experience across a number of areas, including the fields of criminological theory, criminal justice, offender rehabilitation, mental health, risk assessment, sexual offending, study skills, research methods, geographical information systems/spatial analysis, and policing and crime reduction.

Before returning to academia, Nick worked as a trainee prison psychologist within the high-security prison estate. For part of this role he worked within interventions, specifically on a drug and alcohol CBT intervention programme for individuals whose offending was linked with their substance misuse. He then moved into risk assessment, undertaking a range of duties that centred on the assessment of prisoners' risk.

Nick has also held voluntary roles as a research assistant at HMP Onley, a volunteer befriender at Rampton Hospital, a numeracy mentor at Werrington Juvenile Centre, and a volunteer mentor within various Youth Offending Teams. Nick holds an undergraduate degree in Criminology and Psychology, masters degrees in Forensic Psychology, and Geographical Information Systems, a PhD in Geography/Criminology, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.

Funding Awarded

June 2022:        UWE Bristol Vice Chancellor's Challenge Fund Award 2022-23: Building a place-based approach to preventing online sexual abuse, 2022-2023 (award of £24,960.00).

Dec 2021:         UWE Emerging Research Excellence Springboard Funding: A Research, Practice and Policy Network for the Prevention of Sexual Abuse (award of £50,000).

April 2020:       Doncaster Children's Services Trust, Evaluation of the Early Intervention Tri- Borough Child Criminal Exploitation Intervention Project, 2018-2020 (award of £8,042).         

Area of expertise

Sexual violence, offending behaviour and risk, public safety and fear of crime, burglary, crime prevention, GIS and crime analysis, computational criminology.

I would be happy to supervise postgraduate research into any of the above areas, and would welcome any enquiries into this.

Nick's research has typically been in the fields of crime prevention and community safety. For example, Nick undertook his PhD at the University of Leeds, where he explored the target selection criteria and behaviours of burglars within Leeds, based on semi-structured interviews with convicted burglars, as well as the statistical and spatial analysis of burglary offence data. Nick has also conducted a number of evaluation projects with different partner agencies, including the police, local councils, safer cities partnerships, and the prison service. These include an evaluation of a burglary reduction initiative, an evaluation of a child criminal exploitation initiative, as well as evaluations of various projects in prison, including the personal officer scheme, the incentives and earned privileges scheme, and the (non)reporting of prisoner bullying.

Nick has acted as a peer reviewer for a number of international journals, including Applied Spatial Analysis and PolicyInternational Journal of Police Science and ManagementJournal of MapsJournal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, and Crime Prevention and Community Safety.


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