Dr Eleanor Bland

PhD History, MSt in Modern British and European History, BA (Hons) in History

Programme Lead for Criminology

School of Law and Social Sciences

Eleanor Bland


I joined Oxford Brookes as a Lecturer in Criminology in September 2020, and was appointed as Senior Lecturer in September 2021 and Programme Lead for Criminology in July 2023. Before this, I completed my PhD at the University of Sheffield in 2018, and was an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Leeds (2019-20).

Teaching and supervision


Modules taught

Criminal Justice in Action
Creating Criminology
Criminology Work-Based Learning
Policing, Security and Society
Criminology Dissertation
Criminology and Law Dissertation


My research examines historical policing practices, and the impact of targeted policing practices on suspected individuals and communities in the UK and Australia. My first monograph, Policing Suspicion: Proactive Policing in London, 1780-1850 was published with Routledge in 2021. I am currently working on a BA/Leverhulme funded research project on colonial Australian policing practices and their contemporary legacies.

Grants: BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grant, Oxford Brookes University, 2024-26


Projects as Principal Investigator, or Lead Academic if project is led by another Institution

  • Agents of Colonial Rule: Policing Suspect Communities in Western Australia, 1849-1914 (01/03/2024 - 30/09/2025), funded by: British Academy, funding amount received by Brookes: £9,988


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Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

British Society of Criminology
Australia and New Zealand Society of Criminology - Historical Criminology Network
Police History Society