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Dr Helen Innes

Dr Helen Innes

Research Fellow

School of Social Sciences


I have degrees in Psychology and Social Research Methods, and studied for a PhD on health inequalities.  I lead the Institute’s work on behavior change and specialise in the secondary analysis of large-scale data. Prior to joining Cardiff, I was Research Fellow on the ESRC funded multi-method project 'public attitudes to genomics' at the University of Surrey and gained further funding from the Wellcome Trust to investigate attitudes to research governance using qualitative and quantitative methods.

As a research associate at UPSI, I have analysed survey data on antisocial behaviour, public perceptions of the police and community cohesion for HMIC, the Welsh Government and ACPO.   My current research interests focus upon using communication based interventions to change peoples’ behaviours and attitudes. As part of the What Works Centre for Crime Reduction, I recently led a multi-site field experiment in partnership with the Metropolitan Police Service, investigating the efficacy of innovative approaches to crime prevention communications. I am also conducting research into fear of crime.


Academic positions

  • 2008–present: Research Associate, Universities' Police Science Institute, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, UK.
  • 2003–2006:  Research Fellow, School of Human Sciences, University of Surrey, UK.
  • 2001-2003 : Senior Methodologist, Office for National Statistics (ONS), London and Titchfield, UK.
  • 1996 –2001:  Research Fellow, School of Human Sciences, University of Surrey, UK.