Professor Betsy Stanko OBE

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Professor Betsy Stanko OBE has an eclectic portfolio now that she is retired as Head, Evidence and Insight, Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime in London. She is an emeritus professor at Royal Holloway, a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, a Visiting Professor in the Department of Crime Science and Security at UCL and a Visiting Professor in the sociology department, City University.  She is serving as an Independent Academic Advisor to the College of Policing to its Knowledge Fund research projects. 


For over a decade, she worked inside Corporate Development, London Metropolitan Police Service, establishing a social research function alongside performance analysis.  In her first life, she was a professor of criminology, teaching and researching at Clark University (USA), Brunel University, Cambridge University and Royal Holloway, University of London (where she is an Emeritus Professor of Criminology).  She has published over 80 books and articles over her academic career.  The most cited of these works is Intimate Intrusions:  Women’s Experiences of Male Violence, published in 1985, and reissued as an ebook by Routledge in 2013.


She has always combined activism with academia.  Betsy has been awarded a number of lifetime achievement awards, most notably the American Society of Criminology’s Vollmer Award (1996), recognising outstanding influence of her academic work on criminal justice practice, as she was one of a small group of women in 1978 who founded a refuge and support agency for women and children experiencing domestic violence in Worcester, Massachusetts.  She moved to the UK full time in 1990.  From 1997-2002 she served as the Director of the ESRC Violence Research Programme.  In 2002, she joined the Cabinet Office, in the Prime Minister’s Office of Public Services Reform. In 2003-2014 she worked inside the London Metropolitan Police Service creating a hybrid approach to performance and information, which is now part of envisioning ‘evidence based policing’. In 2013 she was a member of the Adebowale Commission on Mental Health and Policing.  She was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s 2014 Birthday Honours List.

Last Updated: Tue 22 Mar 16