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Prisons Research Centre

'The experience of imprisonment amongst serving and former military service personnel'


Daniel joined the Institute of Criminology in 2012 after serving in the Military and in the Police. He joined the Territorial Army at the age of 17 whilst studying for his A-Levels; the following year he was mobilised for operational service after the events of September 11th 2001. With his progression to university postponed, he was first deployed to Afghanistan in 2002 and then subsequently to Iraq in 2003, serving a full tour in each conflict as a front-line infantry soldier.

On demobilisation in 2004, Daniel was employed as civilian staff by Greater Manchester Police, before joining Cheshire Police as a Police Constable. In 2009, whilst working full-time as a Police Constable, he began his undergraduate degree in Social Policy part-time through the Open University. After completing his B.Sc (Hons) in 2012, Daniel left Cheshire Police and began his M.Phil in Criminological Research at the University of Cambridge, which he completed in 2013.

Daniel is now conducting his PhD part-time under the supervision of Professor Ben Crewe, whilst working full-time as an Evaluation Advisor for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. His doctoral research is concerned with exploring the experiences of former military service personnel in prison in England and Wales. He is particularly interested in the similarities between the military and the prison, highlighted in Goffman's (1961) analysis of the 'Total Institution', and in how military experience might impact upon the experience of imprisonment.


  • Penal, social and criminal justice policy
  • Military sociology, particularly military identity and culture
  • Staff culture within criminal justice institutions, particularly in policing and in prisons
  • Former military personnel in the Criminal Justice System
  • Evidence-Based Policing
  • Security, defence and intelligence studies

Awards and distinctions:

  • 2014-18: Dawes Scholarship, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge
  • 2013-14: Lord Crowther Postgraduate Study Bursary
  • 2013: High Commendation for M.Phill Dissertation, Howard League
  • 2012-14: Manuel Lopez-Rey Scholarship, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge
  • 2012-13: College Development Scholarship, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge


Key publications: 

Peer-reviewed Publications:

  • Miller, J., Quinton, P., Alexandrou, B. and Packham, D. (2020). 'Can police training reduce ethnic/racial disparities in stop and search? Evidence from a multisite UK trial', Criminology and Public Policy, 19(4), pp.1259-87.
  • Quinton, P. and Packham, D. (2016). College of Policing Stop and Search Training Experiment, London: College of Policing
  • Lyne, C. and Packham, D. (2014). The Needs of Ex-Service Personnel in the Criminal Justice System: A Rapid Evidence Assessment, London: Ministry of Justice.

Conference Papers:

  • Packham, D. and Quinton, P. (2016). Can Training Improve Stop and Search Practice? Evaluating a Training Pilot RCT in England and Wales, American Society of Criminology.
  • Packham, D. (2016). Use of Evidence in the Development of Police Training: The Case of the Stop and Search Training Experiment, CEPOL European Police Research and Science Conference.

Book Reviews:

  • Packham, D. (2014), Soldier, Sailor, Beggarman, Thief: Crime and the British Armed Services since 1914 by C. Emsley. Oxford: Oxford University Press (2013), 216 pages. The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 53: 217-218.
  • Packham, D. (2015), Victim Accounts: Understanding the Psychology of Perpetrators through South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission by Robert N. Kraft. New York: New York University Press (2014), 212 pages. Political and Military Sociology, Vol.43: 194-196.
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 Daniel  Packham
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