Prof. Brian Francis

Room B38
Centre For Applied Statistics
Department of Maths and Statistics
Fylde College
Lancaster University

Phone : +44 (0)1524 5-93061
Fax : +44 (0)1524 593429
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Research portal: Lancaster research portal page
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Personal Profile

BJF photo Brian Francis has over 30 years of experience of statistical consultancy and applied statistical research with over 190 research papers and seven co-authored books. His statistical interests are in statistical modelling, the analysis of ranked data, data visualisation, case-control studies and statistical computing, with applications in the social sciences, medicine and local government finance.

He has worked extensively in criminology, developing analytic approaches for research problems, particularly in the areas of criminal careers and crime seriousness and escalation. Other interests include the development of web-based teaching resources for the training of social scientists. His current projects include work on ethnic and gender bias in sentencing and the criminal careers of organised criminals, as well as work on escalation and specialisation of offenders.

He is a Chartered Statistician (C. Stat.) and a past member of the Statistical Computing section of the Royal Statistical Society and RSS Council). He is an associate editor of the journal of Quantitative Criminology and the European Journal of Criminology, associate editor of the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A, and past associate editor of the Computational Statistics and Data Analysis. His statistical interests include work on preference and paired comparison models, the modelling of social network data and latent class analysis models.

He is currently a member of the ESRC Evaluation Board. He is past Director of the Lancaster-Warwick-Stirling node of the ESRC-funded National Centre for Research Methods, with a research focus on statistical models for developmental change. He has also been a member of the Home Office advisory sub-committee on surveys, design and statistics until its abolition by the coalition government.

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