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Mark Butler

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Academic Biography

In 1995 Mark graduated from Teesside University in Applied Science & Forensic Measurement. He was then employed as a Scenes of Crime Officer with Leicestershire Constabulary.

He subsequently obtained a Diploma in Scientific Support Skills from Durham University and an Institute of Fire Engineers Fire Investigation qualification.

In 2003 he left Leicestershire Constabulary as an Assistant Senior SOCO after being selected to be a permanent member of the Crime Scene Instructional Team at the National Training Centre, teaching operational CSI’s from across the country and overseas. For a period of time he acted in the role of Team Leader.

In 2006, 11 years after leaving as a graduate Mark returned to Teesside University, this time as a Senior Lecturer in Crime Scene Science. That same year he completed his PGCE teaching qualification, before enrolling on a Master Degree in Fire Investigation for which he was later awarded a distinction.

 In 2008 Mark enrolled on a part-time PhD exploring Crime Scene Investigator practice, publishing material on eye-tracking and head-mounted camera technology. In 2014 he was awarded his PhD. He has been course leader on many undergraduate programmes; in 2017 he built the MSc Crime Intelligence and Data Analytics, which he now leads. 

He currently teaches an array of subjects covering crime intelligence analysis, coding, crime theory and data analysis. He also supervises students doing undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD projects. 

Summary of Research Interests

Competence, expertise and performance in forensic investigation, analysis and visualisation of crime data

Enterprise Interest and Activities

Changing roles of the Crime Scene Investigator and Crime Intelligence Analyst

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Research Output

Twitter conversations about food poverty: an analysis supplemented with Google Trends analysis

Eskandari, F., Lake, A. A., Weeks, G. & Butler, M., 30 Nov 2019, In : The Lancet. 394, Supplement 2, p. S38 1 p.

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    The Crime Scene

    Butler, M., 30 Jun 2016, Crime Scene to Court: The Essentials of Forensic Science 4th Edition. p. -

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    Expertise in crime scene examination: comparing search strategies of expert and novice crime scene examiners in simulated crime scenes.

    Baber, C. C. & Butler, M., Jun 2012, In : Human Factors. 54 , (3):, p. 413-24 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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