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Dr Paul Andell

Senior Lecturer in Criminology


Dr Paul Andell

T: 01473 338514

Paul has more than 25 years of experience of working in the criminal justice field. He has worked in the statutory, voluntary and private sectors undertaking criminal justice related work in practice, policy and research.  Paul is a current advisor to the All Political Party Group on Alcohol, Drugs and Crime, which meets in Westminster and advises Government on policy.  Paul's former practice was in Probation and Youth Justice in East London, he later worked as a Consultancy Manager for NACRO and Matrix Knowledge. Paul has worked as a Performance Advisor for the Ministry of Justice, Community Safety Manager for the Greater London Assembly and was Director of Communities for a Youth Leadership Charity, Brathay.  For 14 years, Paul was Vice Chair of the Lambeth Community Police Consultative Committee, which was set up after Lord Scarman's Report following the Brixton Riots. Paul developed a student exchange program between UOS and HUMAK Finland.  Paul's current research interests are focused towards youth gangs and illicit economies.

Key Qualifications and Professional Memberships

Professional Doctorate in Youth Justice and Youth Leadership, Bedfordshire University

Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice

MA Criminology, (Distinction), Middlesex University

Post Graduate Diploma in European Criminology, Middlesex University

Leadership graduate- Civil Service College.

Youth Leadership Development Team Member (Brave Hearts).

Ba Applied Social Studies with CQSW, (2:1 Honours), Hallam University,

Diploma of College of Radiographers, South Cleveland School of Radiography.

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member of the European Society of Criminology.

Previous Vice Chair of the London Gangs Forum.

Commendation from the Violent Crime Directorate “Operation Blunt” Metropolitan Police (2009)

Selected Recent Publications

Thinking Seriously About Gangs (2019). Monograph. Palgrave Macmillan (

Gangs and Violence (2019) Book Chapter Compendium of Violence (Forthcoming).

Gangs and Policy (2019) A Textbook of Youth Justice, Book Chapter (Forthcoming)

County Lines: Praxis for Community Safety Practitioners (2019) Safer Communities (Forthcoming)

The End of the Line? with Professor John Pitts (Jan 2018) Youth and Policy

Developing a Context for Change in Gang Affected Neighbourhoods.(2017) Procedia of Economics and Business Administration ISSN: 2392-8174, ISSN-L: 2392-816

Addressing Local Drug Markets with J.McMannus (2002) Safer Communities. Willan. London

Other Publications

A response to the Home Office proposed changes in legislation for trafficking illegal firearms. London Gangs Forum Hansard. (2012).

Conference Papers

Slovenia, Ljubljana, 2018: Changes in Local Drug Markets.

Bosnia, Sarajevo, 2018. County lines. New drug dealing networks? 

Bucharest, Romania, 2017.Developing a Context for Change in Gang Affected Neighbourhoods. EU Conference on the Circular Economy

County Lines Reflections on Practice (Norfolk and Suffolk Probation Conference 2017)

County Lines Reflections on Practice (Essex Early Help Conference 2017)

County Lines an Action Research Model Europe. European Society of Criminology (2017 Cardiff).

Challenging ‘Crime’ and ‘Crime Control’ in Contemporary Misunderstandings in Realism and Epistemic Fallacies: An Exploration of the UK Gangs Thesis.(International Cultural Criminology Conference Amsterdam 2015)

Gang Call In’s and Policy Transfer (John Jay College of Criminal Justice International Conference Athens 2014)

Gangs and Sexual Exploitation (London Probation Service. Sexual Exploitation Conference 2013)

Working with CDRP’s (London Criminal Justice Forum Conference 2005).

Community Safety and Alcohol (NACRO Alcohol and Community Safety Conference 2003).

Conference Chair

Missing Children (2018) Public Policy Research.

Cuckooed Premises (2018) National Housing Policy Forum

Knowledge Exchange and Professional Practice

Suffolk One School Governors Network - County Lines (2017)

Hammersmith and Fulham YOT. Developing new approaches to gang offending. (2010).

Brathay. Lambeth Gang X-it Project. Development work. (2010).

Lambeth DAAT, Crack Strategy (2004).

London Probation. Evaluating the ACE Assessment Tool. (1999).

Release. London Dance Safety. (1998)

Rugby House. Alcohol and Community Safety Strategy. (1998).

Reports and Research Grants

County Lines Ipswich: Young People; Anti-Social Behaviour and Safe Guarding (2017). 25K Suffolk Public Health

Lambeth Gang Strategy. London Borough of Lambeth.(2012)

An Assessment of West Yorkshire's Vulnerability to Gang Culture (2010) 20k West Yorkshire Police.

Prioritising Serious Crime: On behalf of Matrix Knowledge (2005): 50K Home Office.

An Assessment of Alternative Markets: On behalf of Matrix Knowledge (2005) 50K Home Office.

Health Needs of Drug Using Young People in the London Borough of Merton (2004) on behalf of Matrix Knowledge. 20K LBM.

Evaluation of Communities Against Drugs (2003) on behalf of Matrix Knowledge: 25K Home Office.

Evaluation of Supporting People in Northampton (2004) on behalf of Matrix Knowledge: 20K NCC.

Islington Class A Drug Market Study with Nacro South Consultancy Team (2003): 25K LBI.

Action Research. Addressing Local Drug and Sex Markets in Kensington and Chelsea (1998-2000) 40K Notting Hill Housing Trust& South Bank University CPU

CPD and Professional Training Delivered

Court Room Practice for Probation Officers

Working with Asylum Seekers and Refugees

Assessing Risk



Palgrave MacMillan

Emerald Insight (Safer Communities)

Recent Media

BBC Look East x2 (2019)

BBC Look East x2 (2018)

BBC Look East x3 (2017)

BBC Inside Out East

Script Advisor for BBC East Enders

To interview Dr Paul Andell please contact the Press team by emailing or telephone 01473 338476 or 07595 091046 (out of hours).