Dr Helen Selby-Fell

School of Justice Studies

Helen holds a Senior Lectureship at the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies (LCAPS). Helen is programme leader for Policing & Forensic Psychology, and module leader for Advanced Research Skills (level 7) and Evidence Based Policing (undergraduate and postgraduate modules). Other teaching responsibilities include contemporary (policing) issues, multi-agency partnerships and governance & accountability. Helen is also a member of the LCAPS Ethics Committee and School Management Team.

Prior to joining academia full-time in September 2017, Helen has almost fifteen years experience working in the police service. For most of her career, Helen held the role of Head of Corporate Analysis at Merseyside police (having joined the force as an Analyst in 2003), leading a large team of analysts and researchers. This role involved identifying emerging issues and priorities for the police force and presenting recommendations to chief officers (and wider audiences) to inform decision-making. Throughout this role, Helen developed networks with a range of academic institutions (and partnership agencies) and is passionate about bridging principles from research and academia into policy and practice.

For the last three years of her service, Helen was seconded to the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner for Merseyside, where she held the role of Director of Commissioning, Policy & Research. In this role Helen was responsible for designing and implementing a pan-Merseyside Commissioning strategy to provide support for victims of crime (https://www.merseysidepcc.info/home/down-to-business/victim-research-programme-201415.aspx). The strategy put into place the first support service in the UK for victims of Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE). In this role Helen also acted as principal advisor to the Police & Crime Commissioner regarding policy matters and regularly deputised for the Chief Executive (of the OPCC)

For a number of years Helen has also lectured on the College of Policings' International Police Leadership programme. During her career in the police service, Helen has regularly provided conference presentations and guest lectures to a number of universities and police forces. Helen secured the role of part-time 'Practitioner Fellow' at LCAPS whilst working in the police service, allowing her to further develop her academic interests.

Before she joined the police service, Helen obtained a BA (Hons) in Psychology with Sociology and an MSc in Investigative (Forensic) Psychology from the University of Liverpool. Helen studied part-time for her PhD in Applied Criminology whilst working in the police service (entitled; Embedding Evidence Based Policing (EBP); A Case Study exploring Challenges & Opportunities). In 2016 Helen developed an EBP 'implementation strategy' for Merseyside police (based upon her early PhD research) and she continues to work with the force to further develop their approach to embedding EBP. In addition, Helen is currently working with the College of Policing to inform the development of the EBP agenda more widely.


Selby-Fell, H (2018). Embedding Evidence Based Policing (EBP): A Case Study exploring Challenges & Opportunities. PhD Thesis.

Selby-Fell, H (2017). Changing Attitudes to Research Evidence. In: Society for Evidence Based Policing, Winter Conference, 3rd March, 2017. Northampton, UK.

Selby-Fell, H (2016). Arrested Developments: Reflections on the implementation of Evidence Based Policing in England and Wales. What Works Global Summit, 26-28 September, Bloomsbury, London, UK.

Botterill, D., Selby, M. & Selby, H. (2010). Tourism, Image & Fear of Crime. In: Botterill, D & Jones, T. (2010) Tourism & Crime: Key Themes. Goodfellow Press.

Selby, H. & Canter, D (2009). Control Strategies Employed by Street Prostitutes. In: Canter, D. & Ioannou, M. & Youngs, D. (2009). Sex and Violence: The Experience and Management of Street Prostitution. Aldershot: Ashgate.

Selby, H. & Laycock, G. (2009). Bringing Crime Science to Merseyside: The Merseyside Approach. Principles of Crime Science in Policing. Conference. 16th November 2009. Partnership for Learning, Liverpool, UK.

Selby H (2008). Perceptions of Anti-social Behaviour (ASB). In: National Community Safety and Neighbourhood Policing Conference, 20th April 2008, Birmingham, UK.

Reece, R. & Selby, H. (2007). An Investigation into Burglary on Merseyside. National Crime Mapping Conference. University College London, Jill Dando Institute of Security & Crime Science. London, UK.

Selby, H (2006). Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB): Measurement, Analysis and Intervention. In: Annual Police Performance Conference, 30th January 2006, Canary Wharf, London, UK.

Selby, H. (2004). Social & Psychological Consequences of Violent Victimization: A Review. Crime Prevention and Community Safety: An International Journal.

Selby, H (2003). Measuring Fear of Crime: Home Office study. In: 3rd Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, 27th-30th August 2003, Helsinki, Finland.

Selby, H & Hirschfield, A. (2003) Fear of Crime in the Elderly. Liverpool University: Environmental Criminology Research Unit (ECRU).


2014- to current. ‘Theory into Practice: Evidence Based Problem Solving.’ International Police Leadership Programme, College of Policing, Sunningdale, Berkshire.

2011- 2014. ‘The Role of Crime Analysts’. International Centre for Investigative Psychology, Human & Health Sciences. University of Huddersfield.

2009. ‘Problem Solving & Crime Analysis’. An Garda Siochana. Ireland.

2008-2010. ‘Environmental Criminology & Crime Mapping in UK Policing’. Criminology Department, School of Humanities & Social Science. Liverpool John Moores University.

2005-2010 (various Guest Lectures) Centre for Investigative Psychology, School of Psychology. University of Liverpool.

Academic appointments

Senior Lecturer, Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies (LCAPS), 2017 - present
Practitioner Fellow (part-time), Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing (LCAPS), 2015 - 2017
Research Assistant, Environmental Criminology Research Unit (ECRU), University of Liverpool, 2002 - 2003