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Dr. Andrew Faull



Professor Mark Shaw, Director of The Centre of Criminology, UCT



Dr Andrew Faull is a Senior Researcher at the Centre of Criminology, University of Cape Town. In 2015 he was awarded his doctorate by the University of Oxford’s where he’d been under the supervision of Ian Loader and Jonny Steinberg at the Centre for Criminology. His doctoral research explored the question ‘Who do South African police officers think they are and how does this shape police practice?’ Following his doctorate, Andrew took up a one year post-doctoral fellowship at UCT’s Centre of Criminology. Andrew was previously a researcher and senior researcher at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) where the bulk of his work focused on integrity management and police oversight in South Africa’s police services. At the ISS he helped conceptualise the Promote Professional Policing campaign (since adopted by the Western Cape government), drove policy reform and published extensively on policing and police oversight in South Africa. More recently he has written on police codes of conduct and police professionalism in South Africa, worked with the African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF) to review and develop monitoring and evaluation indicators for the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID), and acted as an expert witness for the Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry as well as in a case lodged by the Social Justice Coalition against the South African Police Service. In January 2016, he was appointed Co-Editor, and in January 2017 Editor of South Africa’s leading applied policy criminal justice journal, South African Crime Quarterly. He is the author of two books and two short monographs, has presented his work in dozens of forums, conferences and in various media, and has worked as a police reservist in Cape Town and Pretoria. Andrew’s new book, ‘Police work and identity: A South African Ethnography’ will be published by Routledge in September 2017.

Research Interests:

Andrew’s current research focuses on public policing in South Africa. He is particularly interested in the personal and organizational narratives that animate police work in the country, and the ways such narratives shape community and national narratives. He is also interested in subjects informing these narratives, including inequality, crime and violence, police oversight, police integrity management, and police performance management.



 2011 – 2015 DPhil, Criminology Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford Thesis title: Personal identity and police work in South Africa

 2005 -2006 MPhil, Diversity Studies University of Cape Town

 2004 BSocSc (Hons), Diversity Studies University of Cape Town

 1999 – 2001 BA, Cultural and Literary Studies University of Cape Town

 Recent Publications:




Faull, A. 2017 (forthcoming) “Police Work and Identity: A South African Ethnography" Routledge: Abingdon


Faull, A. & Newham, G. 2011 “Protector or Predator: tackling police corruption in South Africa”, ISS Monograph No.182, Institute for Security Studies: Pretoria


Faull, A. 2010 "Behind the badge: the untold stories of South Africa's Police Service members", Zebra Press: Cape Town


Book chapters


Faull, A. 2016 ‘Fighting for respect’ in Beek, Göpfert, Owen & Steinberg’s (eds.) Rethinking Policing in Africathe street level view, Hurst: London


Journal Articles


Faull, A. 2016 “Measured governance? Policing and performance management in South Africa”, Public Administration and Development


Faull, A. 2013 “Policing, taverns and shebeens: observation, experience and discourse”, SA Crime Quarterly No 46, pp. 35-48 


Faull, A. 2013 “Towards a new professionalism for the South African Police Service”, South African Review of Sociology, 44:2, pp. 18 - 35 


Faull, A. 2013 “Fighting for respect: Violence, Masculinity and Legitimacy in the South African Police Service”, SA Crime Quarterly No. 44, pp. 5-14


Book Reviews 


Faull, A. 2016 “Book Review: Christine Hentschel, Security in the Bubble: Navigating Crime in Urban South Africa”, International Criminal Justice Review, pp.1-2


Faull, A. 2014 “Book Review: Gail Super, Governing through crime in South Africa: The politics of Race and Class in Neoliberlizing Regimes”, Theoretical Criminology, 18 (3), pp.395 -399


Faull, A. 2011 “Policing and Human Rights: The meaning of justice in the everyday policing of Johannesburg”, African Security Review 20.4, December, 53-55


Policy Briefs


Faull, A. 2017 (forthcoming) “The South African Police Service’s Code of Conduct: a critical review”, African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF) Policy Paper


Faull, A. 2013 “The Independent Complaints Directorate/ Independent Police Investigative Directorate: A review of statistics towards a clear and standardized approach for the future”, African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF) Policy Paper, No. 9



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