Daniel Packham

Ph.D Student

Daniel joined the Institute of Criminology in 2012 after serving in the Military and in the Police. He joined the Territorial Army at the age of 17 whilst studying for his A-Levels; the following year he was mobilised for operational service overseas after the events of September 11th 2001. After completing two operational tours of duty overseas in the infantry, Daniel was demobilised in 2004. He was then employed as civilian staff by Greater Manchester Police, before joining Cheshire Police as a Police Constable in 2005. In 2009, whilst working full-time as a Police Constable, he began his undergraduate degree in Social Policy part-time through the Open University. After completing his B.Sc (Hons) in 2012, Daniel left Cheshire Police to begin his M.Phil in Criminological Research at the University of Cambridge, which he completed in 2013 and for which he was awarded Distinction.

Daniel is now conducting his PhD part-time under the supervision of Dr. Ben Crewe, whilst working full-time as a Senior Research Officer at the College of Policing in London. His doctoral research is concerned with exploring the experiences of former military service personnel in prison in England and Wales. He is particularly interested in the similarities between the military and the prison, highlighted in Goffman's (1961) analysis of the 'Total Institution', and in how military experience might impact upon the experience of imprisonment.

Research Interests Include:

  • Penal, social and criminal justice policy
  • Military sociology, particularly military identity and culture
  • Staff culture within criminal justice institutions, particularly in policing and in prisons
  • Former military personnel in the Criminal Justice System
  • Evidence-Based Policing
  • Security, defence and intelligence studies

Awards and distinctions:

  • 2014-18: Dawes Scholarship, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge
  • 2013-14: Lord Crowther Postgraduate Study Bursary
  • 2012-14: Manuel Lopez-Rey Scholarship, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge
  • 2012-13: College Development Scholarship, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge


  • Lyne, C. and Packham, D. (2014). The Needs of Ex-Service Personnel in the Criminal Justice System: A Rapid Evidence Assessment, London: Ministry of Justice.

Book Reviews:

  • Packham, D. (2014), Soldier, Sailor, Beggarman, Thief: Crime and the British Armed Services since 1914 by C. Emsley. Oxford: Oxford University Press (2013), 216 pages. The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 53: 217-218.
  • Packham, D. (2015), Victim Accounts: Understanding the Psychology of Perpetrators through South Africa‚Äôs Truth and Reconciliation Commission by Robert N. Kraft. New York: New York University Press (2014), 212 pages. Political and Military Sociology, Vol.43: 194-196.