Congratulations to the two successful SIPR Studentships applicants 2020/21

26th May 2021

Congratulations to the two successful SIPR Studentships applicants 2020/21

SIPR Studentship Announcements


SIPR is delighted to announce the selection of two new PhD projects through our match-funded studentship scheme. These studentships represent an ongoing commitment to supporting the growth and development of Scotland’s exceptional postgraduate community and the next generation of policing researchers.

Congratulations go to Dr Evangelia Demou (Research Fellow, University of Glasgow) and Dr Daniel Thomas (Chancellor’s Fellow, University of Strathclyde).

As Director of Study, Dr Demou will support the successful PhD candidate on the topic of “Understanding the health and wellbeing of female police officers and staff”. This PhD studentship aims to provide strategic and impactful inroads into the Police Scotland ambition of protecting the safety and wellbeing of staff. This will be accomplished via a gender and age sensitive approach to health in order to develop understanding of how police work impacts on female police officers and identify opportunities to support the health of female police officers and staff across the UK. The project will be co-supervised by Prof Kathleen Riach (University of Glasgow), with Prof Paul Elliott (Imperial College London) as acting as an external advisor. Dr Demou stated “We are delighted to be awarded one of the studentships and receive the excellent feedback. We look forward to the next steps and to contributing to SIPR’s great work with this project.”

Dr Thomas will direct studies on the second PhD project, “Improving cybercrime reporting”. This project focuses on the emerging issue and strategic priority for Police Scotland - the increase in prominence of cybercrime as a domain of harm and justice at the national level. This has become particularly apparent in the context of COVID-19 and the associated restrictions on public movement and association, which have created a shift towards online forms of crime and harm. The successful PhD candidate will coordinate an independent study of approaches to reporting cybercrime in Scotland, with the aim of developing robust evidence of best practice and informing ongoing development of this crucial capacity. The student will be co-supervised by Dr Ben Collier (University of Edinburgh) and Prof Karen Renaud (University of Strathclyde). This PhD is currently advertised via ‘find a PhD’ with a deadline of 22nd June 2021 (see advert here). Dr Thomas stated, “We are delighted with this news and look forward to working with SIPR on this project.”

SIPR Director, Dr Liz Aston stated “Our congratulations go to both teams who were up against strong competition from many high-quality applications. Both successful projects will explore topics of strategic importance and relevance to Scottish policing and have great potential to contribute to key knowledge gaps and impact on policing policies and practices. We look forward to working with both Dr Demou and Dr Thomas over the next three years, and in due course to welcoming the new students to the SIPR Postgraduate community.”

For full details on the assessment and award process, please visit the SIPR website.