Lucy Strang

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Research Leader
Cambridge Office


M.S.Sc. in applied anthropology and participatory development, Australian National University; L.L.B., Australian National University; B.A. in English and history, Australian National University

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Lucy Strang is a research leader at RAND Europe, focusing on criminal justice, public health and drug policy research. Prior to joining RAND Europe, she worked at the Policy Institute at King's College London, where her research included a qualitative study on the mental health of London’s workforce; developing a 10 year strategy for mental health and justice policy in the united Kingdom; and police-led programmes for supporting people with opioid use disorder. She is also a Visiting Researcher at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London.  

She holds a B.A in law and arts (English and history) and an M.S.Sc. in applied anthropology and participatory development, all from the Australian National University. 

Selected Publications

Jirka Taylor, Lucy Strang, Kristy Kruithof, Beau Kilmer, Fook Nederveen, Emma Disley, Lisa Wagner, Jörg-Martin Jehle, Comparison of Criminal History Information Systems in the United States and Other Countries, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, 2021

Strang, L. & Simmons, R., Citizen Science: Crowdsourcing for systematic reviews, THIS (RR-2426), 2018

Sutherland, A., Strang, L., Stepanek, M. Giacomantonio, C. & Boyle, A, Using Ambulance Data for Violence Prevention: Technical Report, Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation (RR-2216), 2017

Cox, K., Strang, L., Sondergaard, S. & Gonzalez Monsalve, C., Understanding how organisations ensure that their decision making is fair, General Medical Council (RR-1827), 2017

Strang, L., Belanger, J., Manville, C. & Meads, C., Review of the research literature on defining and demonstrating quality teaching and impact in higher education, Higher Education Academy (EP-66719), 2017

Giacomantonio, C., Jonathan-Zamir, T., Limanovitz, Y., Bradford, B., Davies, M., Strang, L., & Sutherland. A., College of Policing Stop and Search Training Experiment: Process Evaluation, College of Policing Limited (RR-1442), 2016

Strang, L. & Broeks, M., Maternity leave policies: Trade-offs between labour market demands and health benefits for children, European Union (RR-1734), 2016

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: Final Report, European Union (EP-66607), 2016


  • Feyenoord fans clash with police at the Spanish Steps prior to the start of the Europa League soccer match between Roma and Feyenoord in Rome, Italy, February 19, 2015, photo by Yara Nardi/Reuters

    What Strategies Are the Best Defence Against Antisocial Behaviour at Football Events?

    Football-related violence is not going away. It is therefore more important than ever that police and football authorities have evidence on what strategies work and that they share best practices with each other.

    Mar 19, 2019 Policing Insight

  • German riot police enter the Hamburg SV supporters' block during a break in their German Bundesliga first division soccer match against Bayern Munich in Hamburg, Germany, May 3, 2014

    The Rules of the Game: Reducing Antisocial Behaviour and Violence at Football Events

    Violent behavior at football matches has garnered international media attention for decades even though the vast majority of matches pass without any significant violent incidents. Despite the widespread attention toward harmful behaviors, there is limited evidence on the effectiveness of current practices targeting negative fan behavior.

    Aug 14, 2018 Policing Insight

  • A National Health Service London ambulance drives in London, Britain, January 24, 2017

    Siren Song: How Ambulance Data Could Help Police Forces in England and Wales

    Ambulance data is a new form of intelligence which may have value for violence prevention or reduction activities. Police forces can use this data to help identify violent crime that goes unreported to police, and aid problem-solving activities to reduce and prevent violence.

    Jan 29, 2018 Policing Insight

  • An ambulance waits next to a police car outside the emergency department at St Thomas' Hospital in central London, Britain May 12, 2017

    Can Ambulance Data Help Police Forces Do More with Less?

    Police forces in England and Wales may not be aware of a large proportion of violent incidents taking place in their areas. Ambulance data could contribute to a more complete picture of violent crime and help police target resources more effectively.

    Oct 24, 2017 The Daily Telegraph

  • Professor and university students in a lecture hall

    Before We Measure Teaching Quality, We Should Know What It Is

    The lack of an evidence base on teaching quality and its impact in higher education points to a need for more research, made more pressing by the imminent roll-out of the Teaching Excellence Framework, which intends to assess and monitor teaching quality at UK higher education institutions.

    Nov 29, 2016 Research Fortnight

  • Police search a demonstrator from the Occupy London movement as he leaves a building owned by banking giant UBS in the City of London, November 30, 2011

    Reform of 'Stop and Search' Requires Effective Communication

    The UK's Home Office commissioned the development of a new training package and standard of practice for the use of stop and search. As the program is rolled out nationally, officers need to receive consistent and persuasive messages about the purpose and goals of the training.

    Oct 27, 2016 Police Oracle

  • Mother holding her baby while working from home

    Is It Time to Extend Maternity Leave Across Europe?

    Any policy solution for extending maternity leave must strike a balance between protecting infant health through extended breastfeeding and mitigating any potentially negative impact on the mother's career progression or increased costs to business.

    Sep 13, 2016 EurActiv