Emma Disley

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Research Group Director, Home Affairs and Social Policy, RAND Europe
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Ph.D. and M.Sc. in criminology, University of Oxford; L.L.B. in law, University of Manchester

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Emma Disley is director of the Home Affairs and Social Policy programme at RAND Europe. Her research interests include policing and EU law enforcement cooperation, drugs and illicit markets, criminal justice and offending, and serious and organised crime.

Methodologically, Disley specialises in complex evaluation, pan-European studies, qualitative data collection and analysis, and evidence assessment. She holds a Ph.D. in criminology from the University of Oxford and a First Class degree in Law from the University of Manchester. Before working at RAND she was a research assistant at the UK National Policing Improvement Agency.

Recent Projects

  • National evaluation of Liaison and Diversion services in England
  • Assessing the economic value of illicit markets in the EU
  • Evaluation of the EU Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL)
  • Study on Alternatives to Coercive Sanctions as Response to Drug Law Offences and Drug-Related Crimes
  • Paving the Way for Policy Initiatives to Fight Against Organised Crime

Selected Publications

Mike Maguire, Emma Disley, Mark Liddle, and Rosie Meek with Nina Burrowes, Developing a toolkit to measure intermediate outcomes to reduce reoffending, UK Ministry of Justice, 2019

Strang, L., and Disley, E., Violent and antisocial behaviour at football events and strategies to prevent and respond to these behaviours, RAND Corporation (RR-2904-QAT), 2018

Balbirnie, E., Davies, M., Disley, E., Gonzalez Monsalve, E., Hartka, S., Hoorens, S., Kruithof, K., Sacher, K., Taylor. J., Mid-Term Assessment of the EU Drugs Strategy 2013–2020 and Final Evaluation of the Action Plan on Drugs 2013–2016, European Commission, 2017

Kruithof, K., Davies, M. Disley, E., Strang, L., Ito, K, Study on Alternatives to Coercive Sanctions as Response to Drug Law Offences and Drug-Related Crimes, European Commission (RR-1411-EC), 2016

Hafner, M., Taylor, J., Disley, E., Thebes, S., and Barberi, S. and Stepanek, M, The Cost of Non-Europe in the area of Organised Crime and Corruption Annex II – Corruption, European Parliament Research Service (RR-1489-EPIM), 2016

Andrea Di Nicola et al., Study on paving the way for future policy initiatives in the field of fight against organised crime: the effectiveness of specific criminal law measures targeting organised crime, European Commission, 2016

Tzvetkova, M., Pardal, M., Disley, E., Rena, A., Talic, S., Forberger, S., "Strategies for a risky business: How drug dealers manage customers, suppliers and competitors in Italy, Slovenia and Germany," International Journal of Drug Policy, 31, 2016