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Prior to entering academia Philip began his career working as a criminologist in the field holding the following posts:

  • Specialist Crime Team Manager – Kirklees Safer Communities Partnership, West Yorkshire, UK, (May 2004 –December 2006).
  • Community Safety Research Manager – Bolton Safer Communities Partnership, Greater Manchester, UK. (January 2003 – May 2004).
  • Senior Policy Officer (Crime Prevention/Reduction) –Oldham Safer Communities Partnership, Greater Manchester, UK. (October 2001 – January 2003).
  • Through Care Worker – HM Prison Manchester, Greater Manchester, UK. (December 2000 – October 2001).
  • Through Care Worker – HM Young Offenders Institution Lancaster Farms, Lancashire, UK. (July 1998 – December 2000).

Philip entered academia in January 2007 and has held academic positions at the University of Huddersfield, UK (2007-2009), the University of New South Wales (2009-2012) and the University of Western Sydney (2012-2017).  Since 2007, he has secured over $830,000 in research funding/grants, including an ARC Linkage grant, which has addressed a variety of themes within his areas of expertise. His research interests centre on his practice background and focus on two overarching areas:

Criminal and Community Justice Policy and Practice

  • Police, Probation and Parole Policy and Practice;
  • Assessment, Treatment and Management of Offenders;
  • Gender and sexuality inclusive Domestic and Family Violence (DFV)/Inter-partner Violence (IPV)

Sex and Deviancy Studies

  • Sex Work, Sex Workers and Procurement;
  • LGBTI Criminality and Deviancy.

 Throughout his academic career, Philip has been involved in the supervision of Honours, Masters by Coursework, Masters by Research and PhD students in the field of Criminology, Criminal and Community Justice and has several completions.

Philip is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and holds an honorary research fellowship in the School of Psychology (Forensic Centre), University of Central Lancashire, UK, as well as a Senior Research Associate in the Ashworth Research Centre, Ashworth High Secure Forensic Mental Health Hospital, as part of the National Health Services, UK.  Philip was the co-founder and editor in chief of the Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice (2014-2017).  Currently he is the editor in chief of Salus: An international journal for law enforcement and public safety as well as an editorial board member of the Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research.

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Research Output 2001 2019

Cultivating wellbeing amongst police officers: Examining challenges in the workplace

Birch, P., Vickers, M. H., Galovic, S. & Kennedy, M., May 2019, Urban Security: Challenges for 21st Century Global Cities and policing. Peterson, D., Das, D. K. & De Guzman, M. (eds.). CRC Press, (Edit International Police Executive Symposium).

Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperChapter

Immediate responses by service providers after a violent critical incident: A systematic review

Birch, P. & Cox, E., May 2019, In : Aggression and Violent Behavior. 46, p. 8-14 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Investigating the relationship between childhood animal cruelties and adult aggression.

Birch, P. & Edwards, L., Feb 2019.

Research output: Other contribution to conferencePresentation only

Sex Offender Registration and Public Protection: Rethinking the management of sex offenders in the community

Birch, P. & Wintle, E., 2019, Violent and Sexual Offenders : Assessment, Treatment and Management . Ireland, J. L., Ireland, C. A. & Birch, P. (eds.). 2nd ed. New York, USA: Routledge, p. 491-503 13 p.

Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperChapter (peer-reviewed)


Distinguished Academic Visitor

Philip Birch (Recipient), Jan 2017

Prize/Award: Other distinction


Philip Birch (Recipient), Aug 2017

Prize/Award: Other distinction

Honorary Fellow

Philip Birch (Recipient), Apr 2015

Prize/Award: Other distinction

Honorary Research Fellow

Philip Birch (Recipient), May 2015

Prize/Award: Other distinction

Research Fellowship

Philip Birch (Recipient), Jul 2018

Prize/Award: Other distinction

Activities 2004 2019

  • 13 Participation in conference
  • 10 Invited talk
  • 2 Oral presentation

Investigating the relationship between childhood animal cruelties and adult aggression.

Philip Birch (Speaker)
Feb 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Wellbeing, Occupational Justice & Police Practice: Examining rank & file experiences.

Philip Birch (Speaker)
08 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Becoming a 'Pracademic': The importance of lifelong learning for the police

Philip Birch (Keynote speaker)
26 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Examining Procurement: Applying principles of sexual health.

Philip Birch (Invited speaker)
05 Apr 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Managing Offenders in the Community

Philip Birch (Invited speaker)
10 Jan 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


Procedural Fairness for Judges and Courts

Ljiljana Galovic (Participant), Philip Birch (Participant)

Impact: Public policy Impacts