Dr Abigail Dymond

Research Interests

 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.  This work is inherently interdisciplinary and mixed method in scope and, as such,  I am particularly interested in logistic regression models, mixed methods approaches, the advantages and limitations of statistical analysis in policing research, and the data collection and reporting methods that might best capture police use of force, and deployment of less lethal technologies.  

I have also developed a keen interest in theories concerned with the role of different technologies, and how best to conceptualise and capture their impact - a line of enquiry that has led me to focus on the contributions that can be made by Actor-Network Theory and social constructionist approaches.  This has led me to develop interests in policing technologies more generally, and together with Professor Matthew Hickman, I am currently Co-Editing a Special Edition of the Oxford Journal of Policing looking at the role of Body Worn Camera.

Drawing on my prior research I continue to be interested in issues affecting vulnerable groups, both in the UK--where, together with Professor Dave Cowan and colleagues, I have been working on issues around homelessness and local authority homelessness reviews--and internationally, building on my primary research with survivors of sexual and gender based violence in the Eastern Democractic Republic of Congo, and with communities affected by copper mining in Zambia.