Research Leader, Communities, Safety & Justice, RAND Europe
Dr Alex Sutherland is the Research Leader for Communities, Safety & Justice at RAND Europe. Before taking up his post at RAND he was a Research Methods Teaching Associate for the Social Sciences' Research Methods Centre in the Institute of Criminology at the University of Cambridge. He taught courses in quantitative methods to graduate students from a range of disciplines across the university and coordinated the quantitative methods provision in the SSRMC programme.
Prior to arriving in Cambridge, Dr Sutherland worked for several years as a researcher at the Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford, before completing his D.Phil. in Sociology, also at Oxford. In addition, he was the managing editor of the European Journal of Criminology 2006-2011, and has undertaken a number of consultancy projects, most notably the recent Juvenile Cohort Study, which was joint-funded by the Ministry of Justice and Youth Justice Board.
Outside of the teaching and application of quantitative methods, his research interests lie in criminology and criminal justice, specifically: assessing theories of crime, understanding/improving risk management in criminal justice and substance use by adolescents. His current research projects relate to collective efficacy and violence in London; the treatment effects of school exclusion; football and domestic violence; and evaluating the impact of a re-housing programme for women prisoners.