Dr Abigail Dymond


Lecturer (Sociology and Criminology)

My current research interests and impact work focus, predominantly, on issues around police, policing and places of detention, and in particular the use of force and less lethal weapons in such environments.

Between 2013 - 2016 my ESRC funded PhD research drew on elements from criminology, sociology and law and uses quantitative and qualitative techniques, from binary logistic regression to actor-network theory, to explore the use of the projectile electric-shock weapon the Taser in England and Wales. 

From 2017 my ESRC Future Research Leaders Award will allow me to continue to explore issues around police use of force in England and Wales, the link between less lethal weapons and the right to life, and the role of non-human actors in place of detention.  More information about this project will be available in due course.

Impact Activities

I engage in a range of impact activities alongside my research, including working part-time for the UK NGO the Omega Research Foundation (2008 to present).

Between 2015 - 2016 I was awarded an ESRC funded research placement with the National Police Chiefs' Council, conducting research for the Use of Force Reporting Review, led by Chief Constable David Shaw.  Further information about the review is at: www.npcc.police.uk/FreedomofInformation/Documents.aspx and the report is available on the publications page.

I have also received travel costs from Taser International between the 2nd and 8th November 2014 to attend the Annual Conference of the Institute for the Prevention of In Custody Deaths and to visit their Headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Between 2013 and 2015 she was a member of the Metropolitan Police’s Taser Reference Group.

In March 2015, I worked with Queen Mary University of London, and a range of other stakeholders to convene a Taser Experts Meeting, with notes of the day available on the publications page.

Media and Social Media Work.

I also undertake media activities as part of my work, with my research featured in a range of regional, national and international media outlets, from Radio 4 PM to BBC World Service.  I also run an active twitter account, where I discusses a range of issues related to policing, and police use of force.  I can be contacted at @abidymond, as well at the email address given above, and via the University of Exeter's press team.  

Grants Awarded.

2017 - 2020: ESRC Future Research Leaders' Award (part-time).

2015 - 2016: £6, 800 (ESRC/SWDTC grant) for research placement with the National Police Chief's Council (part-time June 2015 - June 2016).

2013 - 2016: £52,347 (ESRC/SWDTC grant) for PhD fees and living expenses.

2013 - 2016: Bid Co-ordinator for a  £1 million award from the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights for the Omega Research Foundation’s research and engagement work, 2013 - 2016.

2014 - 2015: £5, 000 (ESRC/SWDTC award) for the Taser Experts Meeting detailed above.

2002 - 2005: £3, 000 (University of Wales, Aberystwyth) Entrance Scholarship and Merit Award for undergraduate study.