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Dr Paul Cozens

Dr Paul Cozens Dr Paul Cozens
Position Senior Lecturer
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
School School of Built Environment
Department Department of Planning and Geography
Campus Bentley Campus
Location 201.609
Phone 08 9266 7174
Fax 08 9266 2711
Email P.Cozens@curtin.edu.au

Brief Summary

Dr Paul Cozens is a Senior Lecturer and former Curtin Research Fellow with a multi-disciplinary background who joined Curtin in June 2006. Paul is an environmental criminologist and specialist in crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED), which is also known as “designing out crime”. His research focuses on the design, management and use of the built environment to reduce opportunities for crime. He has conducted research and applied designing out crime to a range of urban environments including residential environments, railway stations, shopping centres, public access ways, community facilities and city centres.

Paul obtained a First Class BA (Hons) degree in “Sustainable Environments” at the University of Glamorgan (UK) in 1997, which was multi-disciplinary in nature and contained elements of planning, criminology, sociology, transport, ecology, economics and anthropology.

He was awarded his PhD in 2000 which investigated perceptions of crime and ‘defensible space’ associated with characteristic housing designs in the UK. From 2000-2004 he conducted a 4-year research fellowship on perceptions of crime in and around railway stations leading to the implementation of a range of design improvements to the stations including transparent shelters, improved lighting and reconfiguring station design. In March 2004 Paul migrated to Perth.

From 2004-2006 Paul was employed as a Principal Policy Officer at the Office of Crime Prevention’s Department of Premier & Cabinet in WA to develop the Designing Out Crime Strategy and policy for WA. Other duties included the co-management of $1 million funding for local government designing out crime projects. In 2004 he became one of only six internationally accredited Advanced Crime Prevention through Environmental Design Practitioners in the world.

Paul has over 50 publications focusing on designing out crime, perceptions of crime, lighting, sustainable development and CCTV (see publications for further details).

Memberships, Awards and Training

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Teaching

Paul has taught at undergraduate level on various units for the Sustainable Environments Degree, University of Glamorgan (UK), 1997-2000. He has also co-ordinated the following units, since jpoining Curtin University:

Planning Research Methods 413 / 512, for the Urban and Regional Planning Degree, Curtin University, 2006-8.

Diversity and Cultural Planning 114 for the Urban and Regional Planning Degree, Curtin University, 2009 onwards.

Introduction to Planning 101/ 501 for the Urban and Regional Planning Degree, Curtin University, 2011 onwards.

Dissertation supervisor for the unit, Planning Dissertation 414 / 611 for the Urban and Regional Planning Degree, Curtin University, 2006 onwards.

Paul has been awarded commendations for his teaching over the last 3 years, and has worked with an educational specialist to continually improve his teaching. This will be reported on in a forthcoming paper on promoting 1st-year student retention. 

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Research Interests

Paul’s research focuses on investigating perceptions of crime associated with the built environment and the theory, policy and practice of designing out crime. His 3-year fellowship will investigate burglary and motor vehicle theft associated with common suburban residential street layouts. He has conducted research on perceptions of crime (including burglars’ risk assessments), lighting and CCTV. He is developing various inter-disciplinary research projects on the 24-hour city, ecologically sustainable development (ESD) and product design.

In 2000 he was awarded external research funding of 100,000 pounds for a 3-year study of crime on the Valley Lines (UK) railways using Quick Time Virtual Reality (QTVR). In 2004 he was awarded external funding for 50,000 pounds for a further one year study of lighting in and around railway stations on the Valley Lines (UK). He also worked as a CPTED consultant to the National Community Regeneration Programme (UK). He migrated to Perth in March 2004
He is an external reviewer for the International Journal of Crime Prevention and Community Safety, and for the Journal of Property Management. He also reviews papers for the Planning and Transport Research Centre (PaTReC).

In 2006 he received the “Most Outstanding Paper for 2006 Award” for the paper ‘Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED): A Review and Modern Bibliography’. Journal of Property Management. Volume 23, Issue 5, pp328-356.

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Publications

2016

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2015

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2014

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2013

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2012

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2011

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2010

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2009

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2008

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2007

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2005

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2004

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2003

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2002

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2001

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1999

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Additional publication categories

2016

Books (Research) - Other

  • Cozens, P. M. 2016. Think crime! Using evidence, theory and crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) for planning safer cities. 2nd ed. Quinns Rock, Western Australia: Praxis Education.

Book Chapters - Other

  • Jones, T. S., S. Cox, and P. M. Cozens.. “Unsettling planning In Perth: Indigenous planning in a boom.” In Planning Boomtown and Beyond. Perth, WA: UWA Publishing. In press.

2014

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

2007

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

  • Cozens, P. M. 2007.“Public health and the potential benefits of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design.”New South Wales Public Health Bulletin 18 (11-12): 232-237.
  • Cozens, P. M., M. Thorn, and D. Hillier. 2007.“Designing Out Crime: Designing In People.”Town and Country Planning 76 (6/7): 218-220.

2006

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

  • Cozens, P. M. 2006.“Editorial: Designing Out Crime: Designing In People.”Property Management 24 (1): 2-6.
  • Jones, P., D. Comfort, D. Hillier, and P. M. Cozens. 2006.“Sustainability Appraisal at the Regional Level.”Town and Country Planning 75 (9): 266-249.

2004

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

  • Jones, P., D. Hillier, D. Comfort, and P. M. Cozens. 2004.“Retail Crime and Urban Regeneration.”Town and Country Planning 73 (9): 257-259.

2003

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

  • Cozens, P. M., D. Hillier, and G. Prescott. 2003.“Safety is in the Upkeep.”Regeneration and Renewal February 7: 24-24.
  • Cozens, P. M., and D. Hillier. 2003.“Secured By Design - Common Sense to Common Practice.”Town and Country Planning 72 (6): 187-189.
  • Cozens, P. M., R. Neale, D. Hillier, and M. Graham. 2003.“Shedding Some Light. Street Lighting and the 24 Hour City.”Town and Country Planning 5 (2): 7-24.

2002

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

  • Cozens, P. M. 2002.“Book Review: Planning for Crime Prevention: A Transatlantic Perspective. Schneider, S. and Kitchen, T.”Cities: The International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning 19 (6): 437-438.
  • Cozens, P. M., D. Hillier, and G. Prescott. 2002.“Housing in Cardiff, Crime and CCTV: The Burglars View.”Welsh Housing Quarterly 47: 14-16.

2001

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

  • Cozens, P. M. 2001.“Plan for Safe stations.”Planning for the Natural and Built Environment July 13th: 26-26.
  • Cozens, P. M. 2001.“Editorial: Property Management as Crime Management.”Property Management 19 (4): 218-221.

2000

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

  • Cozens, P. M., D. Hillier, and G. Prescott. 2000.“Designing Out Crime.”Chartered Surveyor Monthly 1: 27-27.
  • Cozens, P. M., and F. Plimmer. 2000.“Editorial - Crime and its Relationship to the Built Environment.”Property Management 18 (2): 89-91.
  • Cozens, P. M., and F. Plimmer. 2000.“The relationship between the design of the built environment and crime debate.”Property Management 18 (2): 17-18.
  • Cozens, P. M., D. Hillier, and G. Prescott. 2000.“A Tale of Two Cities.”Town and Country Planning 69 (3): 92-94.

1999

Journal Articles (Scholarly/Professional)

  • Cozens, P. M., D. Hillier, and G. Prescott. 1999.“Crime and the Design of New-Build Housing.”Town and Country Planning 68 (7): 231-233.
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