Prof. Dr. Paul Ekblom

University of the Arts London
Southampton Row

Paul Ekblom read psychology and gained his PhD at University College London. As a researcher in the UK Home Office for many years, Paul worked on crime prevention projects including police truancy patrols, shoplifting, drink and disorder, and crime on the London Underground. He then orchestrated the industrial-scale evaluation of the Safer Cities Programme, focusing on the impact of residential burglary projects. His final Home Office responsibilities included horizon-scanning; advising on Design against Crime (including on Safer Places, the government guide to crime prevention and planning) and developing the professional discipline and knowledge management of crime prevention.

Paul has worked internationally with EU Crime Prevention Network, Europol, UN and Council of Europe. He is currently Professor and Academic Director of the University of the Arts London Research Centre on Design Against Crime, based at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. He is also a long-standing collaborator with the Applied Criminology Centre and Visiting Professor at the University of Huddersfield. His current work covers design and evaluation of products, places, systems and communications. In parallel with the design work Paul continues to develop frameworks for general crime prevention, community safety and problem-oriented policing such as the Conjunction of Criminal Opportunity, 5Is and the Misdeeds and Security framework.

These frameworks can be viewed at click ‘crimeframeworks’; wider design against crime material is at the main site.