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Jake Longhorn


Jake completed an MPhil in Criminological Research at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge, in 2018. He holds a BA (Hons) in Applied Social Science (Crime and Criminal Justice) from the University of York, where he held the position of Departmental Representative. Jake is a current PhD representative at the Institute of Criminology and is also student representative for the ESRC Doctoral Training Programme. Jake’s research at an Undergraduate and Master’s level focused on policing and in particular on police officer mental health, and propensity to develop burnout.

Jake worked as a research assistant whilst at the University of York completing a collaborative study inside HMP Buckely Hall, alongside prisoners on long tariffs (defined as 10 years and over) exploring the meaning and purpose of rehabilitation. Jake also has experience researching police work and was research assistant to Professor Ben Bowling of King’s College London, editing the latest edition of Politics of the Police – one of the UK’s leading textbooks on Policing.

Research Interests

Jake’s current research focuses on children who are looked after, also known as children in care. Jake is particularly interested in the outcomes associated with being in care which are typically negative. His current ESRC funded studentship is a project working alongside Cambridgeshire County Council. The research is primarily focused on the process by which children who are looked-after are returned to birth parents, known as reunification. The ultimate purpose of the research is to promote an evidence-influenced approach to the return of children within the Cambridgeshire region.


Jake is currently a supervisor on the Undergraduate Law course Criminology, Sentencing and the Penal System.


  • Policing
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Justice
  • Criminal Justice Policy Development in England and Wales
  • Victimology
  • Police Decision-Making
  • Feminist Criminology