Ronald-Frans Melchers

Ronald-Frans Melchers

Ron Melchers is a professor of criminology and senior researcher with the Centre for research in Community Services at the University of Ottawa where he has for more than thirty years specialised in research methods, statistics, evaluation, public policy analysis and community work. Professor Melchers' research focuses on how evidence and perception shape criminal justice policy looking at issues such as the production, use and misuse of criminal justice statistics, racial profiling data, crime mapping, expert and scientific evidence in the courts and in public policy, the treatment of aboriginal offenders, public confidence in the justice system, surveying public safety, the challenge of measuring organised crime, policing for sustainability and resiliency in Canada's North and police use of force. He has published and presented papers on information sources in criminal justice, evaluation, local government, policing and on public use of criminal justice. Professor Melchers' academic qualifications include a Doctorate in Human Resource Economics from the University of the Mediterranean (Aix-Marseille II) in France, where he was a doctoral fellow with the French National Scientific Research Council completing his dissertation on aging in the workplace. He also holds an Advanced Studies Diploma in labour sociology, a graduate degree in social policy and administration and a B.Sc. Professor Melchers began his teaching career as a lecturer on comparative labour and social policy at the University of Grenoble's School of Administration and then at the University of Québec en Outaouais before coming to the University of Ottawa in 1983. In 1993 he served as a member of Ontario's Strategic Planning Committee on Police Training and Education, authoring a number of the Committee's Reports. He has been an advisor to public sector and community organisations, police services and police associations on community policing, organizational strategic planning and restructuring, the future of policing, evaluation and quality assurance processes in policing and police use of force. He has lectured at the Ontario Police College and the Canadian Police College. From 2001 to 2004 Professor Melchers was an Adjunct Professor of community work and urban social problems at the University of Paris at St-Denis. As well as criminal justice policy and evidence in policy and law, he has published and spoken on the economics of aging in the workplace, on compensation policies and systems, on public sector collective bargaining, on social and labour market policy and on the financing of postsecondary education. Dr. Melchers is a frequent media commentator on public policy issues. He was until 2000 editor of the Canadian Review of Social Policy, until 2008 associate editor of the Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice and serves on the editorial board of the European Journal of Criminology. He serves on the academic advisory committee of Statistics Canada, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics and chairs the Research Advisory Committee of the Canadian Police Sector Council. He has supervised the research of more than sixty graduate students in his career.

Telephone : 613-562-5800 ext. 1801
Fax : 613-562-5304
E-Mail Address : Ronald-Frans.Melchers@uottawa.ca
WWW : http://myprofile.cos.com/melcherr46
Office (building, room number) :
120 University, 14037

Office hours : Thursday 10:15 - 11:15 Or by appointment
  • Associate Professor
  • Member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

:

  • Doctorat, Science économique, Université Aix-Marseille II, 1984
  • Dipl. É.A., Université Aix-Marseille II, 1980
  • M.S.W., Carleton University, Ottawa, 1979
  • B.Sc., University of Ottawa, Ottawa, 1975

:

  • Criminal justice statistics
  • Evaluation research
  • Evidence in law and policy
  • Police
  • Public policy
  • Community intervention