Beth Hardie

Research Manager (PADS+) / Ph.D. Student

BA (Cantab) Social and Political Sciences (Psychology)


Beth completed her undergraduate degree in Social and Political Sciences at Cambridge University in 2004, specialising in Developmental Psychology and Criminology. She has since been working under Professor Wikström on Peterborough Adolescent and Young Adult Development Study (PADS+). She worked for one year to complete the stand-alone Peterborough Community Survey (PCS), after which she joined the other researchers on the PADS+ fieldwork team. In 2006, Beth became the Research Manager of PADS+ and has enjoyed the varied challenges involved with the running of the study, from interviewing the PADS+ young people over the years to devising and practising meticulous methodology, data management and best practice to ensure the quality of the PADS+ data. She is also responsible for the training of collaborative study staff across the European study sites.

Beth’s contribution to PADS+ publications and conference papers focuses on the presentation and analysis of spatial data from external sources and the PADS+ Peterborough Community Survey and Space-Time Budget.

Beth's PhD thesis uses PADS+ data and Geographic Information Systems to investigate the links between supervision (e.g., parental monitoring), activity fields and crime.


Articles on 'Breaking Rules' in the news:
  • Wikström, P-O H., Treiber, K. & Hardie, B. (2011) Examining the role of the environment in crime causation: Small area community surveys and space-time budgets. In D. Gadd, S. Karstedt & S. Messner (eds) The Sage Handbook of Criminological Research Methods. Sage Publications Ltd.
  • Wikström, P-O H., Ceccato, V., Hardie, B. & Treiber, K. (2010) Activity fields and the dynamics of crime. Advancing knowledge about the role of the environment in crime causation. Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 26(1), pp.55-87
    • (Republished in Natarajan, M. (2011) Crime opportunity theories: Routine Activity, Rational Choice and their variants. Ashgate Press.)