Evidence-based, intelligence-led, and knowledge-based policing: Identifying better practices for creating public safety and preparing police for complexity

Degree type


Closing date

18 July 2022



Citizenship requirement


About the research project

While policing may appear unchanged in the modern era, over the last 50 years policing has been transformed by a range of strategies aimed at preventing crime and facilitating crime control. Starting with the innovations of community policing in the 1960s, policing organisations in western democracies have sought to change the relationships between policing organisations and the communities they serve as a means to reduce crime. Yet, other more recent innovations in policing, such as problem-oriented and intelligence-led approaches, have in some cases damaged the trust in police and deepened existing inequalities.

In this project, you will work with leading policing scholars and pracademics to identify, evaluate, and create new policing practices that can better address the “wicked problems” of public safety. The focus of this project is on how evidence, intelligence, and/or knowledge can be used to address major public safety issues, such as how to prepare police for the complexity of managing global events (pandemics and climate change), eliminating gendered violence, diverting vulnerable people away from the criminal justice system, reducing recidivist violence, and the role of police professionalisation on police capability and preparedness for this complexity.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Prof Nicole Asquith


Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $28,854 per annum (2022 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.


Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select your project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Prof Nicole Asquith to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. Submit an application by the closing date listed above.
    • Copy and paste the title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
    • As part of your application, you will be required to submit a covering letter, a CV including 2 x referees and your project research proposal.

Following the application closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email by the advertised outcome date.

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