Dr Leanne Savigar-Shaw


School of Justice, Security and Sustain

I am a Lecturer in Policing with an academic and research background. With an interest in understanding factors that influence human behaviour, I began my undergraduate degree in Psychology and Sociology in 2009 at Keele University. I then continued with a master’s degree in Psychology before progressing to a PhD in Criminology. My PhD research was jointly funded by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire and Keele University, and centred around a road safety education course being delivered by Staffordshire Police. As part of the project, I explored the role of driver education in tackling mobile phone use by drivers and resistance to its prohibition.

Since my PhD I have been involved in a number of research projects focusing on mobile phone use by drivers, police legitimacy and procedural justice. I worked as a research assistant in a project aimed at bringing together academics and practitioners working to tackle the issue of mobile phone use by drivers, delivering knowledge exchange consultations and supporting practitioners to develop research-informed practice. I have also worked as a research fellow in an ethnography of police fairness and procedural justice. Working closely with local police forces, I collected interview, observational, and other data to understand how officers interact with members of the public and the role that procedural justice plays in those interactions. It is envisaged that the findings will be implemented into training packages around fairness in policing.

I have a passion for working with partners such as the police in providing knowledge exchange; encouraging others to be involved in the collection of research data and to work with them to implement effective practice and learning that can be taken from analysis of that data. Sharing knowledge and academic-practitioner collaboration is key.

Professional memberships and activities

Member of Roads Policing Academic Collaboration

Academic qualifications

  • PhD ‘Preventing mobile phone use while driving: appreciating the equivocal nature of identity, safety and legality in an uncertain world’, Keele University.
  • MSc Child Social Developmental Psychology, Keele University.
  • BSc (joint hons) Psychology and Sociology¸ Keele University.

Research interests

  • Procedural justice
  • Police legitimacy
  • Fairness in policing
  • Social identity processes in policing
  • Roads policing
  • Mobile phone use by drivers
  • Distracted driving
  • Road safety education


Radburn, M., Savigar-Shaw, L., Stott, C., Tallent, D, and Kyprianides, A. forthcoming. How do police officers talk about their encounters with ‘the public’? Group interaction, procedural justice, and officer constructions of policing identities. Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Wells, H.M and Savigar, L. 2019. Keeping up, and keeping on: Roads policing, risk and the law-abiding driving offender. Criminology and Criminal Justice, 19(2), 254-270. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1748895817738555

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