The research team

Prof Ian Brunton-Smith

Ian is a Professor of Quantitative Criminology at the University of Surrey and co-director of the Surrey Centre for Criminology. He is interested in the application of advanced quantitative methods across the Social Sciences. In Criminology he has particular interests in the spatial patterning of crime and perceptions of crime, the role of neighbourhood context, and prison effects. His methodological work centres on new developments in multilevel modelling, Bayesian statistics, and survey methodology. 

Dr Jose Pina-Sánchez

Jose is an Associate Professor in Quantitative Criminology at the University of Leeds. Interested in exploring the presence, impact and adjustment of measurement error in survey data, and the use of empirical methods in Criminal Justice studies, with a particular interest in the sentencing practice. Since 2013, Jose has collaborated with six different Criminal Justice agencies in eleven funded projects.

Dr Alexandru Cernat

Alexandru Cernat is a senior lecturer in the Social Statistics Department at the University of Manchester. He has a PhD in survey methodology from the University of Essex and was a post-doc at the National Centre for Research Methods and the Cathie Marsh Institute. His research and teaching focus on: survey methodology, longitudinal data, measurement error, latent variable modelling, new forms of data and missing data. You can find out more about him and his research at:

Dr David Buil-Gil

David is a Lecturer in Quantitative Criminology at the Department of Criminology of the University of Manchester. His research interests cover small area estimation applications in criminology, crime and place, measurement error in crime data, emotions about crime, and new methods for data collection (crowdsourcing, social media data).