Professor John Coxhead has been appointed to the role of Honorary Professor of Practice to support cohesion, equality and policy developments in the development of a number of subjects including criminology, sociology and education.
Throughout his career, John has acquired a wealth of experience having worked as a police officer for 30 years, as well as achieving two Queen’s Awards for Innovation in Policing Learning and Development.  In addition to his work in the police force, he also gained extensive experience in multi-agency working, including managing education, social work, health, youth work, police, fire and family resource joint working.
In recent years, he has co-produced knowledge exchange and research activities for the national Police Knowledge Fund and the East Midlands Police Academic Collaboration, as well as being a resident columnist for the UK’s largest selling publication on policing, Police Professional, and a regular reviewer at the Oxford Journal of Policing.
John is a Keele graduate and returned after joining the Derbyshire Constabulary to complete a research masters in Criminology. He went on to undertake a doctorate researching the link between policing learning and development and workplace performance.
He later undertook postdoctoral applied research with Lancaster University and the UK Serious Organised Crime Agency, on serious organised crime profiling. He then worked on community cohesion with the Strategic Police Matters Unit, which has a pan-European remit as part of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

John has developed an educational approach to enable enhanced interprofessional practice called 'Koinagogy' (from the Greek word Koinonia meaning 'joint participation') which develops established concepts from pedagogy, andragogy and more particularly heutagogy. Koinagogy is the concept of self-directed triple-loop learning in a collective or matrix team format or setting

Research and scholarship

John has conducted research sponsored by the Home Office concerning improving policing for Romany Gypsy, Irish Traveller and Roma communities, and published The Last Bastion of Racism: Gypsies, Travellers and policing, published by University College, London Press.
He has also worked with the Serious Organised Crime Agency and Europol as principal researcher on national problem profiling in serious organised crime and has contributed research to the Strategic Police Matters Unit (SPMU) within the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on Pan European best practice in democratic, neighbourhood policing. 
In the past, John has also published on plural policing and private security and improving work-based performance through better learning transference. He is actively supporting current research around violence reduction, serious organised crime and taking a more health-based approach in policing.

Further information


  • Coxhead, J and Pease, K. (2021) Research for Police Professionals Modus Media Press: London
  • Coxhead, J. (2021) Problem Solving Research Review Police Professional Volume 673, February 2021 
  • Coxhead, J. (2020) How to build optimal policing teams: a review of the literature Police Professional, Volume 671 December 2020
  • Coxhead, J. (2019) A Literature Review of Research on Policing Ethics Police Professional Volume 659, December 2019 
  • Bishop, S and Coxhead, J. (2013) Prevention is Better than Cure: Reducing Youth Offending British Journal of School Nursing Volume 5 Number 3
  • Coxhead, J. (2012) ‘serious organised crime’ in Encyclopaedia of Transnational Crime and Justice, (Ed.) Margaret E. Beale Sage: London
  • Coxhead, J., (2006) The Last Bastion of Racism: Gypsies, Travellers and Policing University College London Press: London 
  • Coxhead, J. (2005) Moving Forward, 2005, Home Office: London  
  • Coxhead, J. (2005) ‘Have you tried talking to one?’ Race Equality Teaching, Volume 23, Number 3, 2005, Trentham 
  • Coxhead, J. (2004) ‘The Policeman and the Gypsy’ Policing Today Volume 10, Issue 2, 2004 
  • Coxhead, J. (2004)‘Theory and Practice: the thought of coming together’ Race Equality Teaching, Volume 22, Number 3, 2004, Trentham 
  • Coxhead, J. (2001) The Pluralisation of Policing: The Police, Private Security and Public Consent, 2001, Lambard: London

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