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Ruwan Uduwerage-Perera

Senior Lecturer (Course Leader for Criminology & Psychology), Royal Docks School of Business and Law

Police Reform, Police Education, Decolonisation of Criminological Theories, Tackling the Digital Divide for Marginalised Communities.

    Ruwan Uduwerage-Perera is a former British Police Officer of British and Sri Lankan descent, a founding member and the first elected General Secretary to the National Black Police Association (1999-2003), a former national and international police trainer, and advisor and campaigner in the field of equality & diversity, and community engagement issues. 

    As the Policing Diverse Communities Manager for the College of Policing (2003-2007), Ruwan was an adviser on equality, diversity and community engagement issues for the National Centre for Policing Excellence.  Ruwan was part of a small team, tasked by the National Police Chiefs’ Council and the Home Office to research the Police response to the inter-ethnic civil disorders, which resulted in national guidance on Community Cohesion Policing.

    Ruwan is actively involved in developing equality and diversity initiatives, and greater community engagement within both the voluntary and public sectors at regional, national and international levels. He is also involved in academic research within the criminal justice system and is a regular contributor to national and international debates on policing.

    Ruwan is a visiting academic at Rashtriya Raksha University, Gujarat, India where he is a member of the International Faculty for criminology. 

    For leisure, Ruwan enjoys researching all his areas of interest, walking his terriers around his home in the Highlands of Scotland, playing one of his many ukuleles, and canoeing.

    MSc Criminology & Criminal Justice, MA Holocaust Studies
    • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
    • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
    • Member, British Society of Criminology
    • Member, Indian Society of Criminology
    • Member, South Asian Society of Criminology and Victimology 
    Local Councillor, Director of East Sutherland Citizens' Advice Bureau, Vice Convenor of the Sutherland Scottish National Party, Advisor to Black Lives Matter in the Stix. Advisor to several equalities organisations in the UK and Sri Lanka.


    Underrepresentation of Black and Minority Ethnic recruits to the police

    National Guidance for the police service:

    • Community Cohesion (Primary researcher and co-author)
    • Neighbourhood Policing 
    • Domestic Violence 
    • Hate Crime
    • Cultural Awareness Guidance, College of Policing
    • 'Making Migration Work for Britain: For a stronger and fairer society’ – Coalition Government Policy – 2014
    • 'From Alnerney to Józefów: Policing the Holocaust’ – 2014
    • 'Towards Equality: A Liberal Democrat Approach’ - Coalition Government Policy – 2013
    • 'An Exploration of the Role of Higher Education in Developing Professionalism of Police Recruits in England and Wales’ – 2010
    • 'Confronting Racism’ – 1999

    Most recent research

    Developing Problem-oriented and Partnership Policing initiatives in Gujarat India.


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    Criminal Justice, Comparative Criminology, Equality & Diversity, Genocide, Hate Crime, and Policing




    Dissertation Supervisor
    Theoretical Criminology
    Policing and Investigation