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Professor Benjamin Bowling

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Professor Ben Bowling has taught at the Dickson Poon School of Law since 1999. He was previously Assistant Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (City University of New York), Senior Research Officer in the Home Office and lecturer at the University of Cambridge Institute of Criminology. He has been a visiting professor at the University of the West Indies and at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

Research interests and PhD supervision

Ben’s research examines practical, political and legal problems in policing and the connections between local and global police power. His work exploring central themes of fairness, effectiveness and accountability has been published in three recent books - Policing the Caribbean, Global Policing and Stop & Search - and in articles in the Modern Law Review, Criminal Law Review, Policing and Society and Theoretical Criminology. His studies of Violent Racism and Racism, Crime and Justice are the standard works on these subjects.

PhD students

Ben currently supervises the following students:

  • Ana Cardenas Gonzales de Cosio (1st)
  • Charmian Werren (1st)
  • Peng Wang (1st)
  • Paula Perez Morgado (1st)
  • Maria Hannan (1st)
  • Sally Atkinson Shepherd (1st)
  • Anastasia Chamberlen (2nd)
  • Katherine Grainger (2nd)
  • Becca Fransen (2nd)
  • Michaela Menting (2nd)
  • Sally Adams (2nd)
Selected publications


Refereed journal articles

Book chapters

  • Bowling, B., Phillips, C. and Sheptycki, J. (2012) 'Race, political economy and the coercive state' in J. Peay and T. Newburn (eds.) Policing, Politics and Control. Oxford: Hart
  • Phillips. C. and Bowling, B. (2012) 'Ethnicities, racism, crime and criminal justice' in M. Maguire, et al The Oxford Handbook of Criminology (5th ed.) Oxford: OUP
  • Bowling, B., Marks, A. & Murphy, C. (2008) 'Crime control technologies: towards an analytical framework and research agenda' in Brownsword, R. & Yeung, K. (eds.) Regulating Technologies: Legal Futures, Regulatory Frames and Technological Fixes, Oxford: Hart

View full list of Professor Bowling’s publications.



  •  Criminology & Criminal Justice
  •  Public Law


  •  Case Study Research Methods (Doctoral Training Centre)
Public Engagement

Ben submitted written evidence to the Lawrence Inquiry and has been a specialist adviser on the subjects of fairness, justice and accountability to the UK Parliament, the United Nations and Interpol. He speaks regularly about his work on courses, conferences, television and radio and in high schools. He is founding member of Stop Watch  a group of academics, lawyers, non-governmental organisations and young people engaged in research and action for fair and accountable policing.

Newspaper articles

 Television and radio work

StopWatch launched by Rev. Jesse Jackson

StopWatch launched by Rev. Jesse Jackson from Runnymede Trust on Vimeo.

Professor Ben Bowling | Real Solutions to Racial Profiling



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