Laura is in her final year of PhD candidature at the University of Queensland. She completed her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Alberta, Canada, before undertaking Honours and Master’s Degrees at the University of Natal, South Africa. Laura has over 20 years’ experience working as a social and economic policy researcher across a wide range of subject fields in Australia and internationally. She established and ran a small research consultancy and has held research management positions in both the private and public sectors. Laura’s current research focus is on innovation in policing, policing experiments and organisational change.

PhD topic: 

Randomised controlled trials in policing: an organisational learning perspective

Supervisors: 

  • Prof Lorraine Mazerolle  (Social Science)
  • Dr Emma Catherine Antrobus (Social Science)
  • Dr Sarah Beth Bennett (Social Science)
  • Research Interests
    • Social research and policy;
    • Criminology;
    • Police experiments;
    • Research translation;
    • Organizational change;
    • Project and program evaluation;
    • Social and economic development;
    • Social justice and human rights; and
    • Environmental justice
  • Publications

    Books

    Moodley, S., Naidoo, H., Bedford, L., Pillay, C., O’Leary, B., Breetzke, K., … Maharaj, P. (2006). Innovations – Good Practice from the eThekwini Municipality. Durban, South Africa: eThekwini Municipality (Durban).

    Refereed Journal Articles

    Bedford, L. & Neyroud, P. (2016). Organisational learning from randomised controlled trials in policing: A qualitative study. Under review with Policing & Society.

    Bedford, L., & Mazerolle, L. (2014). Beyond the evidence: Organizational learning from RCTs in policing. Policing, 8(4), 402-416.

    Higginson, A., Mazerolle, L., Davis, J., Bedford, L., & Mengersen, K. (2013). Community-oriented policing's impact on interpersonal violent crime in developing countries (Protocol). The Campbell Collaboration Library of Systematic Reviews. Available from http://campbellcollaboration.org/lib/project/228/

    Higginson, A., Mazerolle, L., Ham Benier, K., & Bedford, L. (2013). Predictors of youth gang membership in low- and middle-Income countries: A systematic review (Title Registration). The Campbell Collaboration Library of Systematic Reviews. Available from http://campbellcollaboration.org/lib/project/298/

    Higginson, A., Mazerolle, L., Ham Benier, K., & Bedford, L. (2013). Preventive interventions to reduce youth gang violence in low- and middle-income countries: A systematic review (Title Registration). The Campbell Collaboration Library of Systematic Reviews. Available from http://campbellcollaboration.org/lib/project/297/

    Published Reports

    Bedford, L. (1998). Electrification of clinics and schools in the Former Transkei: Post-electrification study in AmaNtshangase, AmaNdengane, Ludeke and follow-up in Mnceba (EDRC Report Series). Cape Town, South Africa: Energy and Development Research Centre, University of Cape Town and Independent Development Research.

    Bedford, L., & Zulu, P. (1998). Experience and perceptions of poverty in South Africa: A literature review for the World Bank South African Participatory Poverty Assessment. Durban, South Africa: Praxis Publishing.

    Bedford, L. (1997). An assessment of the process of the electrification of clinics in region E of the Eastern Cape. Cape Town, South Africa: Energy and Development Research Centre, University of Cape Town and Independent Development Research.

    Bedford, L. (1996). Electrification of clinics and schools in the Former Transkei: Pre-electrification study in Mnceba, Ludeke, AmaNdengane and AmaNtshangase (EDRC Report Series). Cape Town, South Africa: Energy and Development Research Centre, University of Cape Town and Independent Development Research.

    Bedford, L. (1995). Ondeleni: Children on their way: ‘Street Children’ in Durban - pasts presents and futures, constraints and possibilities (World Bank South African Participatory Poverty Assessment). Brighton, UK: Institute of Development Studies.

Staff Details

Phone: 
61 7 3346 9313
Fax: 
61 7 3346 7646
Position: 

PhD Candidate

Qualifications: 
  • BA, University of Alberta, Canada
  • B SocSci (Hons) Political Science, University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
  • MA (Economic History), University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa