Chris Giacomantonio

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Senior Analyst
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D.Phil. in criminology, University of Oxford; M.A. in sociology, Dalhousie University; B.A. in criminology, Simon Fraser University

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Chris Giacomantonio is a senior analyst at RAND Europe. He has experience in project management roles overseeing work for the College of Policing, the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), the Ministry of Justice, and the Department of Health.

Giacomantonio has particular expertise in qualitative methods, having undertaken extensive fieldwork and interview research in his postgraduate and professional work as well as having taught research methods courses and NVivo workshops at Oxford and RAND. His broader research work has included survey, demographic, value-for-money and other quantitative analysis for policy audiences at the local and national levels. Giacomantonio has taken part in research teams dealing with issues including policing, prisons, social impact investing, counterterrorism, youth justice, violence prevention, public order, migration, and municipal planning. He has also organized a number of events encouraging knowledge exchange between researchers and police practitioners in the UK.

Giacomantonio holds a D.Phil. in criminology from the University of Oxford, where he studied inter- and intra-organizational coordination in public policing. He also holds a master's degree in sociology from Dalhousie University (Halifax, Canada) and a B.A. in criminology from Simon Fraser University (Burnaby, Canada).

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Research Associate, Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford

Recent Projects

  • Stop and Search Training Pilot Process Evaluation
  • An investigation of social impact bonds in health and social care
  • Making and Breaking Barriers: Assessing the Value of Mounted Police Units in the UK
  • Self-inflicted deaths in NOMS custody amongst 18-24 year olds: Staff experience, knowledge and views
  • Injury surveillance: Using Accident and Emergency Data for Crime Reduction

Selected Publications

Chris Giacomantonio, Policing Integration: The sociology of police coordination work, Palgrave MacMillan, 2015

Chris Giacomantonio and Helene O.I. Gundhus, "Policing, Boundaries and the State: The Changing Landscape of Sovereignty and Security (Introduction to the edition)," European Journal of Policing Studies, 3(2), 2015

Chris Giacomantonio "Who's policing the police? A review of police governance and oversight in Canada," in JV Roberts and M Grossman (eds.), Criminal Justice in Canada, Thomson Nelson, 2014

Chris Giacomantonio, "A Typology of Police Organizational Boundaries," Policing and Society, 2013

Chris Giacomantonio, "Theorizing Change in Anglo-American Police Organizations," Papers from the British Criminology Conference, 2010

Chris Murphy and Chris Giacomantonio "Supplementary Report 5: Making the HRM 'Downtown' Safer," in Don Clairmont, Violence and Public Safety in the Halifax Regional Municipality: A report the the Mayor as a result of the Roundtable, City Hall, Halifax, 2008


  • An open prison cell door

    Does Intervention or Investment Innovate? Social Impact Bonds at the Close of the Peterborough Prison Pilot

    There is limited evidence to support the assumption that social impact bonds offer a particularly effective way to spur innovation in service provision and will only have beneficial effects.

    Jan 25, 2016 The RAND Blog

  • Police officers investigating just beyond a police line after a bus shooting

    Understanding Police Coordination

    Understanding coordination work in policing is worthy of attention by researchers for a number of reasons. When police fail to coordinate their activities adequately, crimes and their detection and prosecution can slip through organizational cracks.

    Oct 9, 2015 Oxford Center for Criminology Blog

  • Mounted police patrol Hattersley near Manchester, northern England

    Want Better Policing? Bring on the Horses

    Neighbourhood patrols by mounted police in the UK are associated with comparatively higher levels of public trust and confidence than patrols by police on foot. Members of the public engage with mounted police over six times as much as they engage with police on foot.

    Mar 10, 2015 Newsweek