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Rachel Armitage

Rachel Armitage Trustee

Rachel Armitage is a Professor of Criminology within the School of Human and Health Sciences at the University of Huddersfield. She founded the highly successful multi-disciplinary institute - The Secure Societies Institute (SSI), which she directed between 2014 and 2018. Prior to working at the University of Huddersfield, Rachel has worked for the crime reduction charity – Nacro, and for the Jill Dando Institute at University College London.

Rachel’s research focuses upon preventing crime, specifically the role of design (place, space, products and systems) in influencing both anti-social and pro-social behaviour. She has conducted research on the subject of Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) for over 20 years - evaluating the effectiveness of the Secured by Design (SBD) award scheme, investigating the links between housing design and crime risk, exploring the tensions and synergies between security and sustainability and studying international approaches to preventing crime through design. Her work has been referenced in local, national and international planning policy and guidance, and she aims to ensure that consideration for crime prevention is on the agenda of all agencies involved in planning and developing the built environment. More recently, she has conducted several projects exploring the role of design in counterterrorism at critical infrastructure sites, in particular, multi-modal passenger terminals.

Rachel has published extensively on the subject of crime prevention, including a sole authored book: Crime Prevention through Housing Design (2013) published by Palgrave Macmillan and edited collections: Rebuilding Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (2019) published by Routledge and Retail Crime - International Evidence and Prevention (2018) published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Rachel is an invited member of the Expert Group for the Cambridge University led Digital Built Britain; she is an invited member of the China Safe Cities Advisory Group and an invited expert on the Home Office National Burglary Taskforce.


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