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Nicholas Addis

Lecturer in Criminology


I joined Sheffield Hallam University as a Lecturer in February 2016, having previously worked as a teaching assistant at the University of Leeds, and as a Psychologist in HM Prison Service.


Department Of Law and Criminology

Social Sciences and Arts


My research interests centre on conducting applied research with clear impact on policy; most recently in the field of crime prevention. I am particularly interested in the use of quantitative research methods to help understand and address crime, whilst being a strong advocate of the mixed methods approach in criminological research. For example, my PhD research explores the target selection criteria of residential burglars, using quantitative offence data and qualitative, semi-structured interviews. During the course of my research I have developed strong working relationships with a range of criminal justice agencies to help inform policy and enhance the impact of my research; these include West Yorkshire Police, Safer Leeds Partnership and HM Prison Service.


Journal articles

Banks, J., Addis, N., & Waters, J. (2020). Betting Shop Robberies: Reducing the Risk to Retail Staff. Gaming Law Review, 24 (9), 592-599.

Addis, N. (2019). Prisoner Radicalization and Terrorism Detention Policy: Institutionalized Fear or Evidence-Based Policy Making? Probation Journal, 66 (2), 257-259.

Addis, N., Evans, A., & Malleson, N. (2019). Exploring the practices of steal-to-order burglars: A different brand of offender? Security journal, 32, 457-475.

Rotenberg, K.J., Addis, N., Betts, L.R., Corrigan, A., Fox, C., Hobson, Z., ... Boulton, M.J. (2010). The Relation Between Trust Beliefs and Loneliness During Early Childhood, Middle Childhood, and Adulthood. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 36 (8), 1086-1100.

Addis, N., Evans, A., & Malleson, N. (n.d.). Burglars as Optimal Foragers: Exploring Modern-Day Tricks of the Trade. Crime Prevention and Community Safety: an international journal.

Book chapters

(2016). Using agent-based modelling to understand crime phenomena. In Applied Spatial Modelling and Planning. (pp. 213-234). Routledge:


Banks, J., Addis, N., Cadet, N., & De Hoog, F. (2020). Evaluation of the Early Intervention Funded Tri Borough Child Criminal Exploitation Intervention Project. Sheffield Hallam University.

Other activities

I am a member of the British Society of Criminology and the European Society of Criminology, and am an associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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