Alex Sutherland

Research Leader
Cambridge Office

Education

D.Phil. in sociology, University of Oxford; M.Sc. (Econ.) in criminology & criminal justice, University of Cardiff; B.A. (Hons.) in sociology, University of Exeter

Overview

Alex Sutherland is a research leader at RAND Europe. His recent published work has been on police body-worn cameras and he is currently working on four randomised-controlled trials in education.

Prior to joining RAND, Sutherland spent three years coordinating and teaching quantitative methods on the training programme offered by the Social Sciences' Research Methods Centre at the University of Cambridge. He also worked for several years as a researcher at the Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford, before completing a Ph.D. in sociology, also at Oxford. Sutherland's research interests relate to violence, disorder and community cohesion; programme evaluation; and criminological theory.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Research Associate, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge

Selected Publications

Criminal Justice & Behavior, "'Contagious Accountability': A Global Multi-Site Randomized Controlled Trial on the Effect of Police Body-Worn Cameras on Citizens' Complaints against the Police," Ariel, B., Sutherland, A. et al., 2016

Obsuth, I., Cope, A., Sutherland, A., Nordby, L., Murray, A., Eisner, M., "London Education and Inclusion Project (LEIP): Exploring negative and null effects of a cluster-randomised school-intervention to reduce school exclusion - findings from protocol-based subgroup analyses," PLoS One (open access), 2016

Obsuth, I., Sutherland, A., Cope, A., Nordby, L., Murray, A. and Eisner, M., "London Education and Inclusion Project (LEIP): Results from a cluster-randomised controlled trial of an intervention to reduce school exclusion and antisocial behaviour," Journal of Youth and Adolescence (open access), 2016

Ariel, B., Farrar, W. and Sutherland, A., "The effect of police body-worn cameras on use-of-force and citizens' complaints against the police: a randomized controlled trial," Journal of Quantitative Crimnology, 31(3):509-535, 2015

Boyle, A., Taylor, A., Giacomantonio, C. and Sutherland, A., "Using ambulance data to reduce community violence: critical literature review," European Journal of Emergency Medicine, 23(4):248-252, 2015

Brunton-Smith, I, Jackson, J. and Sutherland, A., "Bridging Structure and Perception: On the Social Ecology of Beliefs and Worries About Neighbourhood Violence in London," British Journal of Criminology, 54(4):503-526, 2014

Sutherland, A., Brunton-Smith, I and Jackson, J., "Collective efficacy, deprivation and violence in London," British Journal of Criminology, 53(6):1050-1074, 2013

Brunton-Smith, I., Sutherland, A. and Jackson, J. "The role of neighbourhoods in shaping crime and perceptions of crime," in van Ham, M., Neighbourhood effects or neighbourhood based problems? A policy context, Springer, 2012

Commentary

  • A teacher pointing to a student for talking in class

    Body Cameras on Teachers Are Not the Answer to Classroom Management

    Teachers in two England schools are participating in a pilot program of wearing cameras to stop pupil disruption. How they use the cameras could be counter-productive and may actually escalate situations in the classroom.

    Feb 13, 2017 Schools Week

  • A Los Angeles Police Department officer displays new body cameras in Los Angeles, California, August 31, 2015

    How Police Body Cameras Can Improve Behavior, Ease Tension

    Body cameras alone can't solve America's problems with policing. But used properly, they can help address mistrust between communities and police.

    Nov 2, 2016 San Diego Union-Tribune

  • Police Constable Yasa Amerat poses for a photograph with a body-worn video (BWV) camera, before a year-long trial by the Metropolitan police, at Kentish Town in London, May 6, 2014.

    Police Body-Worn Cameras: More to It Than What You See

    Billions of dollars are spent worldwide on the rollout of police body cameras. There is an urgent need to understand whether the cameras help police and the public, and under what conditions they work best.

    Oct 11, 2016 Policing Insight

  • Students receive their lunch at Salusbury Primary School in northwest London, June 11, 2014

    Free School Meals Are Still the Best Measure of Deprivation

    Free school meal eligibility is not a perfect measure of student disadvantage, but it's the best there is. Other measures, such as parental education or neighborhood deprivation have also been used, but they are not as good at determining which schools are most in need.

    Sep 26, 2016 Schools Week

  • Grandfather and grandson fishing

    Does Social Spending Hold the Key to Better Health?

    Many governments are cutting spending on social welfare programs, such as unemployment benefits, while protecting health care spending. This could actually be negatively affecting population health.

    May 24, 2016 Health Service Journal

  • Girl holding balloons

    Does Increased Social Spending Lead to Better Population Health?

    Higher levels of social spending are strongly associated with better health outcomes in many countries, with this link strengthening over time. The association also holds when looking at regional differences within the United States, where spending varies state-by-state.

    May 11, 2016 The RAND Blog

Publications