Dr. Heather Strang

Director, Police Executive Programme and Director of Research, Jerry Lee Centre for Experimental Criminology


Dr Heather Strang is Director of the Police Executive Programme and its M.St. Degree in Applied Criminology and Police Management. She is also Director of Research in the Jerry Lee Centre of Experimental Criminology at the Institute of Criminology where she has developed expertise in the management of randomized controlled trials in criminology. Internationally recognized for her British and Australian experiments in police-led restorative justice conferences, she previously served for ten years as Director of the Centre for Restorative Justice at the Australian National University, where she earned her Ph.D. in Criminology. Prior to that she was Executive Research Officer at the Australian Institute of Criminology, where she founded the Australian national reporting system for homicide after serving on the research staff of the Australian National Committee on Violence.

Dr Strang's research interests include the effects of crime and justice on victims of crime, the diversion of cases from prosecution to alternative disposals, and restorative justice conferences as both a supplement to and diversion from prosecution, In 2013 her research team published the Campbell Collaboration Systematic Review of the Effects of Restorative Justice Conferences on Offender Recidivism and Victim Satisfaction. She also researches police responses to domestic violence and is co-directing randomized trials on preventing repeat domestic abuse in the Hampshire and Thames Valley (UK) Constabularies.

Elected a Fellow of the Academy of Experimental Criminology in 2002, Dr Strang was a member of the Scientific Commission of the International Society of Criminology from 2006 to 2012. In recent years she has been invited to lecture on her research by universities, learned societies and governments in Japan, Colombia, Norway, Uruguay, Sweden, USA, Turkey, Israel, Ireland, Scotland and Belgium. She is currently Chair of the Cambridge Constabulary's independent Out-of-Court Disposal Scrutiny Panel In 2014 she was appointed a Senior Fellow of the Cambridge Centre for Evidence-Based Policing and in 2015 accepted an appointment as a member of the Expert Panel in the Sciences of Law and Criminology with the Flanders Research Foundation (FLO).