Ian Palmer

Lecturer. MSc Counter Terrorism

School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

Maudland Building Room, MB219

+44 (0) 1772 89 3816


Subject Areas: Criminology and Policing

Ian lectures in Counter terrorism at both undergraduate and post graduate level within the School of Forensic and Applied Sciences. Having completed thirty Years police service, reaching the rank of Superintendent, Ian joined the lecturing team in February 2017 having been a guest lecturer since 2014. Ian’s policing focussed on divisional policing in Greater Manchester’s inner city areas and strategic leadership in the areas of Criminal Justice, Performance Management and Evidence Based Policing.

Full Profile

Ian completed European Baccalaureate studies in Valladolid, Spain in 1985 prior to commencing a policing career with Greater Manchester Police.

Ian was awarded a Masters in Criminology from Cambridge University in 2011 where his research area was the use of evidence based practice in policing. He was a founding member of the British Society of Evidence Based Policing and his Master’s thesis has been cited in a number of academic journal articles and books.

Ian is currently undertaking Doctoral research into the phenomena of ‘Suspect Communities’ within a counter-terrorism context.

Ian also has experience as a performance coach, holding a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance Coaching, Newcastle, 2005.

Membership of professional and learned bodies

  • British Society of Evidence Based Policing


  • An attitudinal survey of young people towards counter-terrorism

Teaching activities and responsibilities

  • Lecturer Msc Counter Terrorism
  • Module Tutor for third year under graduate Counter Terrorism module – BSc Police and Criminal Investigation.


  • Society of Evidence Based Policing 2012 – present
  • International Society of Forensic Psychology 2016.
  • Counter Terrorism Expo, Olympia, London, 2017.

Research Activities

  • Evidence Based Practices in Policing.
  • The phenomena of ‘Suspect Communities’ in a counter-terrorism context.