Nick Crofts
GLEPHA, Program Co-director

Professor Nick Crofts is an epidemiologist and public health practitioner who has been working in the fields of HIV/AIDS, illicit drugs, harm reduction and law enforcement for 30 years. His major epidemiological work has been on the control of HIV and hepatitis C among injecting drug users in Australia and globally, including almost every country in Asia. As a designer and technical director of AusAID’s flagship HIV/AIDS program in Asia, ARHP 2002-2007, he was instrumental in building capacity among SE Asian police forces in relation to HIV, and has worked in many settings forging relationships between police and public health. He founded the Law Enforcement and HIV Network (LEAHN) in 2009, convenes the International Working Group on Policing Marginalised Communities, and is Director of the Law Enforcement and Public Health Conferences.

Nick Crofts was previously at the Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health for 19 years, where he was instrumental in building its Public and International Health arms, and was Deputy Director for five years. He was Director of Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre for three years, and then at the Nossal Institute for Global Health, developing its Law Enforcement and Public Health Program. His most recent appointment was as Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute in Turin. He has been a member of Australia’s National Council on AIDS three times, and has performed multiple consultancies for WHO, UNAIDS, UNODC, AusAID and other bilateral and multilateral agencies.

He edited the first Manual for Reduction of Drug Related Harm in Asia, founded the Asian Harm Reduction Network, and for his work in Asia was awarded the International Rolleston Award in 1998. He is author of over 150 articles, book chapters and editorials in refereed journals. As well as being technical director for AusAID’s regional HIV program, ARHP, he was technical director of AusAID’s Indonesian harm reduction program. He was principal investigator on an AusAID funded research project in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, on the influence of harm reduction on police.



Jonas Hansson
Umeå University, Conference Director & Program Co-director

Jonas Hansson holds a Ph.D. in Public Health and is an associate professor at the Police Education Unit at Umeå University in Sweden. Jonas was a sworn police officer (1993-2013), team leader, field training officer, and instructor in self-defense, weapons, and tactics. He completed a Master of Education at Umeå University with a focus on police students’ perceptions of their learning environment. Jonas is the Research and Science Correspondent for Sweden in CEPOL (European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training). He has been project leader of evaluation projects of field tests with conducted energy weapon (CEW) in Sweden and Norway, and involved in a research project connected to the Police Authority's initiative with prioritized neighborhoods. Research interests are police officers and police work in relation to mental health, coping, stress, discretion, police tactics, and conflict management.




Auke van Dijk
Netherlands Police

Amanda Farrell
Program Leader, Policing Studies and Forensics International Strategy Lead, Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies, School of Justice Studies, Liverpool John Moores University

Inga Heyman
Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing at Edinburgh Napier University Co-Director Scottish Centre for Law Enforcement and Public Health Lead for Interprofessional learning

Anna-Karin Hurtig
Head of the Dept. of Epidemiology and Global Health, Umeå University

Joachim Kersten
Criminology Department of the German Police University

John Middleton
President, Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region

Robert Otok
Director, Association of Schools of Public Health in the European Region

Jonathon Passmore
Program Manager -Road Safety, Violence & Injury Prevention at World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe

Elizabeth Saenz
UNODC Liaison Officer at WHO, Geneva

Patrick Widell
Superintendent, Regional crime prevention coordinator, Region office Stockholm, Police Sweden

Dineke Zeegers
European Public Health Association

Tomas Gustafsson
Region Västerbotten

Nils Sandberg
Region Västerbotten

Kerstin Rörsch
County Administrative Board, Västerbotten