Personal profile

Personal profile

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, GreaterManchester, 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 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 $790,000 in research 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 is and 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 since 2007 and has several completions.

Philip holds an honorary research fellowship at the Institute of Positive Psychology and Education, Australia Catholic University and 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 is the co-founder and editor in chief of the Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice ( and currently sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research.

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Research Output 2001 2019

Assessment, Treatment & Management: Violent & Sexual Offenders

Birch, P., Ireland, J. L. & Ireland, C. A. (ed.) 2018 (Accepted/In press) 2nd Edition ed. Routledge.

Research output: Book/ReportEdited book


Cultivating wellbeing amongst police officers: Examining challenges in the workplace

Birch, P., Vickers, M. H., Galovic, S. & Kennedy, M. May 2018 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: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Homophobic and nonhomophobic aggression: Examining its portrayal in print media

Birch, P., Ozanne, R. & Ireland, J. L. 01 Jan 2018 The Routledge International Handbook of Human Aggression: Current Issues and Perspectives. Taylor & Francis, p. 331-341 11 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Transgender Persons
Qualitative Research

Activities 2004 2018

  • 13 Participation in conference
  • 9 Invited talk

Examining Procurement: Applying principles of sexual health.

Birch, P. (Invited speaker)
05 Apr 2018

Activity: Invited talk

Managing Offenders in the Community

Birch, P. (Invited speaker)
10 Jan 2017

Activity: Invited talk

Buying sex: Men and the procurement of sexual services

Birch, P. (Invited speaker)
18 Feb 2016

Activity: Invited talk

Out of Control Sexual Behaviour (OCSB) Seminar, NSW Corrective Services Research Seminar

Birch, P. (Organiser)
Feb 2016 → …

Activity: Participation in conference


Procedural Fairness for Judges and Courts

Sally Galovic (Participant), Philip Birch (Participant)

Impact: Public policy Impacts