Benjamin completed his undergraduate degree in Financial Economics at the University of Dundee before being accepted onto the masters program in Health Economics at the University of York where he was awarded with an NIHR studentship. Benjamin then spent several years working in various corporate finance roles in different countries before joining the University of Sheffield as part of the Wellcome Trust PhD program in Public Health Economics and Decision Science. The Wellcome Trust program provides the next generation of Public Health Economists with state of the art training and experience in order to progress the field in a positive and meaningful direction.
Benjamin is excited and proud to be a part of this program as it offers him novel opportunities to enhance his statistical and econometric knowledge whilst pursuing research that has impactful outcomes on individuals. Benjamin’s primary research focuses on how different exposures, specifically police encounters, social services outcomes, and educational experiences, interact with each other to increase or decrease the likelihood of young people committing violent offences. To support this research, Benjamin has forged a partnership with the data analytics team in the violence reduction unit at Thames Valley Police. This partnership has proven invaluable in acquiring key data that allows for insightful modelling and analysis to be performed.
Alongside this, Benjamin has discovered a passion for teaching and undertakes GTA work each year to help support and develop the next generation of graduates at Sheffield as well as volunteering with the local Air Training Corps and Sea Cadet Corps to aid in developing young people interested in life in his majesty’s armed forces.
- Violent Offending
- Adverse Childhood Experiences
- Police Attitudes
- Educational Influences
- Social Care
Lead Supervisor: Professor Nathan Hughes
Second Supervisor: Professor Tracey Young
Third Supervisor: Professor Matthew Bennett
In progress: A Rapid Review of different explanatory modelling techniques used to understand how engagements with the police, social services and the educational environment influence the propensity of young people to violently offend for the first time.
Expected publication date: December 2023