Institute of Criminal Justice Studies


Dr Adrian James

  • Qualifications: BSc (Hons) in Policing and Police Studies (University of Portsmouth), MSc (with Merit) in Criminal Justice Policy (London School of Economics and Political Science), Ph.D (London School of Economics and Political Science)
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer in Criminal Investigation
  • Address: Ravelin House, Ravelin Park, Portsmouth, PO1 2QQ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 3066
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  • Department: Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Dr Adrian James joined ICJS following a long career in the Metropolitan Police Service. Adrian was a detective for almost 25 years, working with a variety of Scotland Yard departments, the UK’s Regional Crime Squads, the National Crime Squad, and on extended projects with HM Revenue and Customs and the Serious Organised Crime Agency.  Whilst a serving officer, Adrian James studied for a HNC in Public Administration, a BSc degree in Policing and Police Studies, and an MSc in Criminal Justice Policy. Towards the end of his police career, Adrian was awarded a research fellowship to support his PhD studies. Since joining ICJS, Adrian has completed his PhD and developed his research interests in: policing policy and reform; the history and culture of the detective force; covert policing; criminal intelligence; and organised crime.

Teaching Responsibilities

Adrian is course leader for the full and part-time versions of the MSc in Criminal Investigation, Intelligence and Crime Science (an online version of the course also is in development) and unit coordinator of the Managing Intelligence postgraduate unit. He coordinates the undergraduate units Criminal Investigation, Management of Criminal Investigations, and Forensic Photography. Additionally, he teaches on undergraduate criminology and study skills units.


ACPO has commissioned Adrian to lead a project researching ‘what works’ in intelligence-led practice (report to be delivered by April, 2015). He also is researching a social and cultural history of Britain’s Criminal Investigation Department and the impact of its culture on investigative practice.   


Research profile

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