Dr. Kate Painter


B.Sc., M.Sc, M.A. (Dist.), Ph.D. Criminology (Cantab) Urbis Research Fellow


Dr. Kate Painter is an experienced researcher and practitioner with a varied portfolio of criminological work. She is the leading expert in the evaluation of public lighting, CCTV and crime reduction.  She has pioneered research on marital rape and other gender issues.  In addition, she has researched youth offending, anti-social behaviour and fear of crime. She is currently convenor of Terrorism Studies and co-convenor of Crime Prevention with Professor David Farrington. She is also researching the issue of multiple murder with use of firearms and comparing this form of extreme violence with terrorist violence and suicide attacks.

Dr. Painter is an excellent communicator and public speaker who has delivered numerous papers to high level audiences including the House of Commons, senior professionals in the Criminal Justice System and local authorities. As such, she is well used to briefing politicians, including Ministers, and has extensive experience of chairing conferences and committees. She is currently a Senior Research Associate at the Institute of Criminology. Between September 2000 - December 2001 she was programme Director for CCTV, Vehicle Crime Reduction and Intelligence-led Road Traffic Policing at The Home Office, London.

Dr. Painter has an extensive publication record. Some of her most recent publications include:

  • Farrington, D. P. & Painter, K. A. (forthcoming) Gender Differences in Offending: Implications for Risk-focussed Prevention, Home Office Research Study, No. 169, London: Home Office
  • Farrington, D. P. & Painter, K. A. (2003) How to evaluate the impact of CCTV on Crime, in Gill. M. CCTV,Perpetuity Press; Co-author (2002)Evaluation of two Intensive Regimes for Young Offenders,   Home Office Research Study No. 239,   London: Home Office
  • Painter, K. A. & Farrington, D. P. (2001a) Evaluating Situation Crime Prevention using a young People's Survey,   British Journal of Criminology
  • Painter, K. A. & Farrington, D. P. (2001b)   The Financial Benefits of Improved Lighting, based on Crime Reduction, International Journal of Lighting Research and Technology
  • Painter, K. A. & Tilley, N. (1999) Surveillance of Public Space: CCTV, Street Lighting and Crime Prevention, Mansey, N.W.: Criminal Justice Press
  • Painter K. A. & Farrington, D. P. (1998) Marital Violence in Great Britain and its Relationship to Marital and Non-Marital Rape,   International Review of Victimology. Current projects include two booklets for practitioners on lighting and CCTV.


Dr. Painter has received the following Awards:

  • 2003 The Donald Julius Groen Award, presented for her contribution to research on lighting and crime reduction by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers;
  • 2003 Leon Gaster Award, presented for the most outstanding article in the International Journal of Lighting and Research Technology , by the Society of Light and Lighting;
  • 1998 Companion of Honour,  Institute of Lighting Engineers;
  • 1997 'Leading Light Award', presented at the House of Commons by the (then) Secretary of State for Defence, (now) Lord George Robertson for an outstanding contribution in promoting the benefits of lighting and crime reduction.

Dr. Painter appears regularly on TV and Radio.