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Dr Caroline Davey

Reader in Design


>Dr Caroline L. Davey is Director of the Design Against Crime Solution Centre at the University of Salford. Dr Caroline Davey is a qualified Organisational Psychologist and Reader in Design, Innovation & Society. She has led major UK and European funded projects on social responsibility since 1998.

Caroline has published academic articles and design guidelines on the role of design within crime prevention, and the use of holistic, human-centred ‘design thinking’ to address problems relating to quality of life. She has delivered four European-funded projects on Design Against Crime (Hippokrates 2001, 2002, Agis 2003, 2006), and initiated a major UK consortium project on sustainability in urban design decision-making—VivaCity2020.

Recent projects include: City Centre Crime; National Police Crime Prevention Service (NPCPS); and Planning Urban Security (PLuS)—an EU funded project led by the Landeskriminalamt Niedersachsen. The Design Against Crime Solution Solution Centre is also involved in the Youth Design Against Crime programme—a partnership with UK charity Catch22 to engage disadvantaged young people in crime prevention.


Occasional lectures to undergraduate and postgraduate students on: Socially Responsible Design, Design Against Crime and Methodology

Research Interests

Research Socially Responsible Design, Urban Sustainability,

Design Against Crime and Counter-terrorist Design

Submitted in the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) under the Built & Human Environment, rated 6* in 2000 and under Art & Design in 2008

Secured EPSRC funding of £2.7m for a consortium project on sustainable urban environments & Socially Responsible Design ‘VivaCity2020’.

Secured EU Commission funding of £600k for 4 Design Against Crime projects.

Partner on EU Commission-funded project on Planning Urban Security (PLuS) led by the German police (Landeskriminalamt) in Lower Saxony.

Qualifications and Memberships

  • PhD Organisational Psychology (1996)
  • MSc Organisational Psychology (1991)
  • BSc Hons Psychology (1987)
  • Advanced Certificate in Environmental Design and Crime Prevention


Key publications include:

Davey, C.L., Wootton, A.B. and Marselle, M. (2012) Engaging Young People in Design Against Crime. Design Research. Swedish Design Research Journal, 1, 12, 29 – 38

Wootton, A.B. & Davey, C.L. (2012) "Embedding Crime Prevention within Design", in Ekblom, P. (Guest Ed), “Design Against Crime. Crime Proofing Everyday Products”. Crime Prevention Series, Vol. 27, Ronald.V. Clarke, (Series Editor).

Wootton, A.B., Davey, C.L. and Marselle, M. (2011) Design Against Crime: A Catalyst for Change Amongst Young People, 9th European Academy of Design conference "The Endless End", Porto, Portugal 4th to 7th May 2011. Conference proceedings (pp. 558 to 567) available from:

Boyko, C. T., Cooper, R., Davey, C. L., & Wootton, A. B. (2010) “Informing an urban design process by way of a practical example. Urban Design and Planning, 163 (1)17-30.

Wootton, A.B., Marselle, M. and Davey, C.L. (2009) City Centre Crime: Design Thinking for Safer City Centres. 8th European Academy of Design Conference - 1st, 2nd & 3rd April 2009, The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland.

Davey, C.L, Hodge, M. and Wootton, A.B. (2005) “Designing Against Terrorism,” Engineering Designer, Vol. 30, Iss. 1 (January/February), pp. 10-13. Winner of Hornsby Cup–2006.

Planning Urban Security publications available from:

Presentation on Youth Design Against Crime available from:

Davey, C.L, Wootton, A.B. and Marselle, M. (2012) Engaging young people in designing against Crime. Annual International Forum, German Congress on Crime Prevention (DPT-Deutsche Präventionstag), Munich, Germany, 16th – 17th April Presentation filmed and streamed online (available to view at