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Dr Paul Andell

Senior Lecturer in Criminology


Dr Paul Andell

School of Social Sciences and Humanities

T: +441473 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 member of the All Political Party Group on Alcohol, Drugs and Crime.  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 also 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.

In a voluntary capacity Paul was Vice Chair of the Lambeth Community Police Consultative Committee for 14 years, which was set up after Lord Scarman's Report following the Brixton Riots. This work involved improving community relations between residents and the police.

Paul's current research interests are focused towards youth gangs, illicit economies and community development.

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 Certificate 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.

Member of the British Society of Criminology

Member of the Howard League

Previous Vice Chair of the London Gangs Forum.

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

Selected Recent Publications

Andell P. and Pitts J. (2017) Preventing the violent and sexual victimisation of vulnerable-gang involved and gang-affected children and young people in Ipswich. A Report for Suffolk’s Public Health and Community Safety Team.  ISBN 978-1-913160-04-3

Andell P. and Pitts J. (2018) The End of the Line? The Impact of County Lines Drug Distribution on Youth Crime in a Target Destination. Youth and Policy.

Andell P. (2019) Addressing County Lines : Praxis for Community Safety Practitioners. Safer Communities, Vol. 18 No. 2, pp. 43-53.

Andell P. (2019) Thinking Seriously About Gangs. London, Sydney Palgrave (Monograph). (Nominated for British Society of Criminology Book Award 2020).

Andell P.  (2019) Theory into practice: County Lines, violence and changes to drug markets. Youth and Policy.

Andell P. (2020) Gangs, Violence and County lines; in Lane et al (Eds): International Handbook on Collective Violence: Current Issues and Perspectives, Routledge.


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

Virtual 2020: The Investigator - County Lines Lessons for Practice

Columbia, Bogata: 2019: Utilising Southern Criminology in the Global North

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

Essex 2017: County Lines Reflections on Practice Early Help Conference.

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

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

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

London 2013: Gangs and Sexual Exploitation. London Probation Service. Sexual Exploitation Conference

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

London 2003: Community Safety and Alcohol. NACRO Alcohol and Community Safety Conference.

Conference Chair

London: Missing Children (2018) Public Policy Research.

Cuckooed Premises (2018) National Housing Policy Forum Knowledge Exchange and Professional Practice

Consultancy and Policy Reports

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).

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

An Assessment of West Yorkshire's Vulnerability to Gang Culture (2010)

Prioritising Serious Crime: On behalf of Matrix Knowledge (2005)

An Assessment of Alternative Markets: On behalf of Matrix Knowledge (2005)

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

Evaluation of Communities Against Drugs (2003) on behalf of Matrix Knowledge:

Evaluation of Supporting People in Northampton (2004) on behalf of Matrix Knowledge:

Islington Class A Drug Market Study with Nacro South Consultancy Team (2003).

Action Research. Addressing Local Drug and Sex Markets in Kensington and Chelsea (1998-2000) on behalf of South Bank University CPU.

CPD and Professional Training Delivered

County Lines, on behalf of The Investigator

Suffolk One School Governors Network - County Lines (2017)

Court Room Practice for Probation Officers, on behalf od Ambessa Training.

Working with Asylum Seekers and Refugees on behalf of Ambessa Training

Assessing Risk on behalf of Ambessa training


Welsh Government


Palgrave MacMillan

Emerald Insight (Safer Communities)

Recent Media

Guardian (2018)

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).