Allan Brimicombe is Professor Emeritus at the University of East London where he was Head of the Centre for Geo-Information Studies for 20 years.
He is a Chartered Geographer, a Fellow of the Royal Statistical, Royal Geographical and Geological Societies, a Director of the British Society of Criminology, and is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. Allan has worked in both the private sector and academia and gained his higher degrees at the University of Hong Kong whilst 19 years abroad in the Far East where he pioneered spatial decision-support systems using numerical simulation techniques.
His other research interests include data quality issues, spatial data mining and machine learning, quantitative and mixed methods. These have been applied to crime, health, education, natural hazards, utilities and business. Allan has been a member of Crime and Criminal Justice Transparency Sector Panel which provided advice to the transparency delivery teams for crime data in the Home Office, and criminal justice data in the Ministry of Justice.
He was a non-executive member and Deputy Chair of the National Statistician's Crime Statistics Advisory Committee which advised the Home Secretary, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and the Office of National Statistics on all matters relating to the collection and publication of crime statistics. Allan has been a Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords Select Committee on Olympic and Paralympic Legacy.
This followed work from 2009 to 2015 on the Olympic Games Impact Studies commissioned by the Economic & Social Research Council on behalf of the International Olympic Committee. Allan spearheaded the founding of the MSc and Professional Doctorate in Data Science at UEL where he taught research methods, quantitative data analysis, computer-assisted qualitative analysis and algorithmic machine learning. He has been appointed as a Justice of the Peace and is a serving magistrate.