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Dr Dreolin Fleischer

Dr Dreolin Fleischer

Engaged Research Manager



 Innovation Centre Phase 2 


Innovation Centre Phase 2, University of Exeter,  Rennes Drive,  Exeter,  EX4 4RN, UK


Dr Dreolin Fleischer is Engaged Research Manager in the Regional Engagement Team of Exeter Innovation. Dreolin is responsible for providing strategic and operational leadership for all aspects of Public Engagement with Research (PER) across the University. She works closely with Engaged Researchers and Practitioners across the three university faculties and all campuses in Exeter and Cornwall, to further develop and embed a culture that supports and nurtures inclusive and equitable engagement with diverse publics throughout all stages of the research cycle. While the ERM position sits within and supports the Regional Engagement Team, the remit covers national and international in addition to regional PER.


PhD, Claremont University, California, USA

MA, Claremont University, California, USA

BA, Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts, USA


Dreolin has more than 20 years of experience in programme evaluation and applied research working within the areas of education, health, arts and culture, and policing. Her graduate research focused on the topic of evaluation use, which has remained an area of interest throughout her career; specifically, understanding how the process and results of research and evaluation contribute to learning and get used in decision making.

Since she began working at the University of Exeter in 2016, Dreolin has worked within the Policing and Evidence Group in the Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS). A primary role she had was that of embedded Research Fellow within Devon and Cornwall Police, where she worked on evidence-based policing strategies and liaising between the Force and the University.

Dreolin has skills and experience in stakeholder engagement; building and supporting networks; communicating with academic and non-academic audiences; teaching and training; project management; bid development; developing evaluation plans; and creating logic models and theories of change.

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Journal articles

Wilkinson K, Boyd K, Pearson M, Farrimond H, Lang L, Fleischer D, Poole A, Ralph N, Rappert B (In Press). Making Sense of Evidence: Using Research Training to Promote Organisational Change. Police Practice and Research: an International Journal
Boyd K, Dymond A, Melendez-Torres GJ, Fleischer D (In Press). Pathways to TASER discharge: Qualitative Comparative Analysis of police use of force. Policing: a Journal of Policy and Practice Abstract.
Boyd K, Rappert B, Fleischer D (In Press). Practical Points of Failure in Police-University Collaboration: Reconceiving Knowledge Exchange. Evidence and Policy Abstract.
Farrimond HR, Boyd K, Fleischer D (In Press). Reconfiguring the violent encounter? Preloading, security staff and breathalyser use in the night-time economy. International Journal of Drug Policy
Christie CA, Fleischer DN (2010). Insight into Evaluation Practice: a Content Analysis of Designs and Methods Used in Evaluation Studies Published in North American Evaluation-Focused Journals. American Journal of Evaluation, 31(3), 326-346. Abstract.
Fleischer DN, Christie CA (2009). Evaluation Use. American Journal of Evaluation, 30(2), 158-175. Abstract.
Fleischer DN, Christie CA, LaVelle KB (2009). Perceptions of Evaluation Capacity Building in the United States: a Descriptive Study of American Evaluation Association Members. Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation, 23(3), 37-60.


Wilkinson K, Boyd K, Pearson M, Farrimond H, Lang IA, Fleischer D, Poole A, Ralph N, Rappert B (2022). Making Sense of Evidence. In  (Ed) Translational Criminology in Policing, Taylor & Francis, 64-86.
Wilkinson K, Boyd K, Pearson M, Farrimond H, Lang IA, Fleischer D, Poole A, Ralph N, Rappert B (2022). Making Sense of Evidence: Using Research Training to Promote Organisational Change. In  (Ed) Translational Criminology in Policing, 64-85. Abstract.
Christie C, Fleischer D (2009). Social Inquiry Paradigms as a Frame for the Debate on Credible Evidence. In  (Ed) What counts as credible evidence in applied research and evaluation practice?, SAGE Publications, 19-30.

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9:00 - 15:00 (Monday-Friday)

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