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Dr Matthew Jones

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Teaching Director - Policing
  • The Faculty of Business and Law
  • The Open University Business School
  • Department for Public Leadership and Social Enterprise
  • matthew.jones

Professional biography

Matthew joined the Open University in July 2017 as Teaching Director - Policing. He is responsible for the design and development of a portfolio of new policing programmes at the OU linked to the Police Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF). He is the Chair of the Policing Board of Study; sits on several departmental and faculty committees; and is part of the Centre for Policing Research and Learning leadership team.  Matthew has previously held academic positions at Liverpool John Moores University (as Senior Lecturer in Policing) and Northumbria University Newcastle (as Programme Leader for Criminology). 

A social scientist, Matthew’s research interests include: 

- Policing: including the role and function of the police in contemporary society; police culture and reform; how the police support victims of crime

- Police Education and Training: including how police officers learn; police engagement with/impact of Higher Education; police reform linked to education and learning;  communities of practice in police learning and development. 

-  Contemporary intersections between sexuality and crime / criminal justice: including the occupational experiences of LGBT police officers; police investigation of LGBT hate crime; the experiences of transgender sex workers

Matthew is currently the Deputy-Chair of the British Society of Criminology Policing Network.


'5 Minutes With Matt': the Innovative use of Micro Video Blogging in Higher Education (2016-04)
Jones, Matthew L.
Innovative Practice in Higher Education, 2(3) (pp. 57-64)
Creating the ‘thinking police officer’: Exploring Motivations and Professional Impact of Part-time Higher Education (2016)
Jones, Matthew
Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, 3(1) (pp. 232-240)
Sixteen Years On - Examining Role of Diversity within Contemporary Policing [Editorial] (2015-03-01)
Jones, Matthew and Rowe, Mike
Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, 9(1) (pp. 2-4)
Who Forgot Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Police Officers? Findings from a National Survey (2015-01-23)
Jones, Matthew
Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, 9(1) (pp. 65-76)
Twenty years on: lesbian, gay and bisexual police officers' experiences of workplace discrimination in England and Wales (2015)
Jones, Matthew and Williams, Matthew
Policing and Society, 25(2) (pp. 188-211)
Trans sex workers in the UK: security, services and safety (2017-12-15)
Laing, Mary; Jones, Matthew; Campbell, Del and Strohmayer, Angelika
In: Laing, Mary and Sanders, Teela eds. Policing the Sex Industry: Protection, Paternalism and Politics (pp. 39-52)
ISBN : 9781138716629 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon
Researching sexuality and policing: reflections from the field (2015-11-26)
Jones, Matthew L.
In: Brunger, Mark; Tong, Stephen and Martin, Denise eds. Introduction to Policing Research: Taking Lessons from Practice
ISBN : 9780415750400 | Publisher : Routledge
A diversity stone left unturned? Exploring the occupational complexities surrounding lesbian, gay and bisexual police officers (2014-10-09)
Jones, Matthew
In: Brown, Jennifer M. ed. The Future of Policing
ISBN : 9780415821629 | Publisher : Routledge