Professor Loader was a member of the Commission on English Prisons Today from 2007-2009, and now chairs the Research Advisory Group of the Howard League for Penal Reform. He has, since 2006, been co-convener, with the Police Foundation, of the Oxford Policing Policy Forum. From 2011-2013 he was a member of the Independent Commission on the Future of Policing and part of the editorial team which produced the Commission's Report.
- Policing and security
- Penal policy and culture
- Public attitudes to crime, order and justice
- Fear of crime
- Crime and politics
Professor Loader is experienced in working with the media. He has provided expert comment and op-ed articles for a number of outlets, including The Guardian.