Jean Steyn

Jean Steyn
Position Dean & Head of School
Discipline Criminology and Forensic Studies
Phone 031-260-2006
Email steynj@ukzn.ac.za
Campus Howard College Campus
Office Address Room G041, Memorial Tower Building, Ground Floor

Degrees Held

  • Doctor Technologiae: Policing (TUT);
  • Magister Technologiae: Policing (Technikon Pretoria);
  • Bachelor Technologiae: Policing (Technikon Pretoria);
  • Bachelor of Arts (UNISA);
  • National Diploma: Police Management (Technikon South Africa)

Bio

  • Dr. Jéan Steyn is currently the Executive Dean and Head of the School of Applied Human Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Republic of South Africa.

    Before taking up this position, Jéan was the Academic Leader of Research and Higher Degrees, as well as the Academic Leader of the Criminology and Forensic Studies Discipline, within the School of Applied Human Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Prior, he was employed as an associate professor by the Department of Safety and Security Management at the Tshwane University of Technology for just over a decade. Afore, he was a functional member and commander in the South African Police Service for ten years.

    Jéan holds a doctorate, masters and bachelor’s degree in policing, a Bachelor of Arts majoring in psychology and criminology, and a National Diploma in police management.

    Jéan is an Expert Advisor to the United Nations Economic and Social Council, and member of the eThekwini Municipality Civilian Oversight Committee of the Durban Metropolitan Police Service. He has been the Chair of the Policing Portfolio of the Criminology and Victimology Society of Southern Africa as well as Editor-In-Chief of the Southern African Journal of Criminology (Acta Criminologica). He is an honorary member of the International Police Association and the Police Association of South Africa. He is a member of the South African Association of Public Administration and Management, as well as a member of the Association of Southern African Schools and Departments of Public Administration and Management. Jéan is also professionally registered with the South African Board of Personnel Practice and the Safety and Security Sector Education and Training Authority.

    He has received multiple research awards, including Faculty of Humanities junior researcher of the year, as well as Faculty of Humanities senior researcher of the year. Having published numerous articles in high-impact and accredited national and international journals, books and chapters in books, successfully supervised almost forty postgraduate students (doctoral, homours, and masters), Jéan has also presented various papers and chaired conferences and symposiums around the world. His research specialisation is police organisational development, and more specifically – police culture.

 Research Interests

  • Broadly: criminology, psychology, criminal justice, forensics and risk
  • Specifically: police organizational development; police culture

Teaching Interests

  • Forensic criminology, forensic psychology, quantitative research methodology

Selected

Publications

 

Steyn, J. 2013. Assignment Writing. Pretoria: Van Schaik Publishers.

Steyn, J. 2018. Police culture coping: longitudinal insights from five continents. Pretoria: Van Schaik Publishers. 

Steyn, J. 2018. Advanced criminological research within the African context: paradigms, descriptive and inferential statistics. Cape Town: Oxford University Press.  

 

Steyn, J. 2018. The magnitude of criminal victimisation in South Africa. In Victimology in South Africa. (3nd ed). Edited by Peacock, R. Pretoria: Van Schaik Publishers.

Steyn, J. 2017. Introduction to research methodology: Criminology. In Introduction to Criminology in Southern Africa. Edited by Barkhuizen, J. & Beukman, B. Cape Town: Oxford University Press.

Steyn, J. 2018. Police culture. In Crime Prevention & Policing in Africa. Edited by Masiloane, D., Alemika, E. & Ngantweni, G. Midrand: Pearson.

Steyn, J. 2013. The nature and extent of criminal victimisation in South Africa. In Victimology in South Africa. (2nd ed). Edited by Peacock, R. Pretoria: Van Schaik Publishers.

Journal Articles

 

Steyn, J. 2017. Lilac? ‘Ten years of blue nurtured nature’. Police Practice and Research: An International Journal, 18(2), 1-16. DOI: 10.1080/15614263.2017.1292745.

Steyn, J. & Husselmann, K.F. 2017. Policy knowledge and bureaucratic management perceptions towards ‘efficace’ fuel usage in the South African Police Service. Administratio Publica. (Accepted for publication).

Steyn, J. & Meyer, M.E. 2017. Police perspectives on police-citizen interaction in South Africa: implications for community oriented policing. Southern African Journal of Criminology (Acta Criminologica). (Accepted for publication).

Steyn, J. & Mkhize, S. 2016. ‘Darker shades of blue’ A comparison of three decades of South African Police Service culture. South African Crime Quarterly, 57, 19-26.  

Steyn, J. 2016. ’n Vergelyking van polisiekultuurhoudings van mans en vrouens in die Suid-Afrikaanse Polisiediens oor ’n tien jaar tydperk. The Journal of Humanities, 56(2_2), 608-626.

Steyn, J. 2015. ‘Darker shades of blue’: A ten year gender comparison of police culture attitudes in the South African Police Service. African Journal of Public Affairs, 8(3), 166-189. 

Steyn, Bell, N. & de Vries, I.D. 2015. Predisposed police culture attitudes: South African Police Service versus Justice Institute of British Columbia newcomers. Southern African Journal of Criminology (Acta Criminologica), 28(1), 88-111.  

Meyer, M.E., Steyn, J. & Gopal, N. 2013. Exploring the public parameter of police integrity. Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, 36(1), 140-156.

de Vries, I.D. & Steyn, J. 2011. Professionalisation in the public service and academia: a scientific perspective from a house divided. Journal of Public Administration, 46(1), 683-696.

Steyn, J., Husselmann, K.F. & de Vries, I.D. 2010. Managing the SAPS budget for fuel and oil in KwaZulu-Natal: a study of the perceptions of station commissioners. Southern African Journal of Criminology (Acta Criminologica), 23(2), 61-81.

de Vries, I.D. & Steyn, J. 2010. Is the status of professionalism appropriate to police scientists and practitioners in the South African context? Geneva Center for the Democratic Control of the Armed Forces. Monograph Series, 20, 55-72.

Steyn, J. De Beer, M. & Fouche, H. 2009. In anticipation of the 2010 Soccer World Cup in South Africa: occurrence of street robberies on Durban’s ‘Golden Mile’. Southern African Journal of Criminology (Acta Criminologica), 22(3), 98-117.

Steyn, J. & Meyer, M.E. 2009. Nurturing isolation in the South African Police Service: a comparison of male and female recruits. Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, 32(1), 108-127.

Steyn, J. 2008. Donkerder skakerings van blou. Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe, 48(4), 412-438.

Steyn, J. & Meyer, M.E. 2008. Developing cynicism among male and female recruits in the South African Police Service. Southern African Journal of Criminology (Acta Criminologica), CRIMSA Conference Special Edition, 2, 1-20.

Steyn, J. & Steyn, E. 2008. Revictimisation of rape victims by the South African Police Service. Southern African Journal of Criminology (Acta Criminologica), CRIMSA Conference Special Edition, 1, 41-60.

Steyn, J. 2008. Can this ‘marriage’ work? Southern African Journal of Criminology (Acta Criminologica), 21(2), 40-45.

Steyn, J. & Naicker, M.K. 2007. Learner, educator, and community views on school safety at the Strelitzia Secondary School. Southern African Journal of Criminology (Acta Criminologica), 20(3), 1-20.

Steyn, J. & de Vries, I.D. 2007. The impact of SAPS basic training institutes in changing deviant themes of police culture. Southern African Journal of Criminology (Acta Criminologica), 20(1), 1-34.

Steyn, J. 2007. Venus versus Mars’. International Journal of Police Science & Management, 9, 145-163.  

Steyn, J. 2005. Recruiting newcomers to the South African Police Service for the organisation’s culture. Southern African Journal of Criminology (Acta Criminologica), 18(3), 82-100.

Steyn, J., de Vries, I.D. & Meyer, M.E. 2004. Groupthink in the South African Police Service: An experimental analysis. Southern African Journal of Criminology (Acta Criminologica), 17(2), 1-16.

Community Involvement

Expert Advisor to the United Nations Economic and Social Council, and member of the eThekwini Municipality Civilian Oversight Committee of the Durban Metropolitan Police Service. Honorary member of the International Police Association and the Police Association of South Africa. Member of the South African Association of Public Administration and Management, as well as a member of the Association of Southern African Schools and Departments of Public Administration and Management. Professionally registered with the South African Board of Personnel Practice and the Safety and Security Sector Education and Training Authority.

Teaching Expertise

I have been fortunate to teach on distance education mode (not seeing students at all; creating video recordings, and electronic conferencing), block programmes (evening classes, weekends, etc.), and full contact methods. Some students were just out of high school whilst others had decades of industry experience. Class sizes also varied from a handful to approximately 800 students. Subject matter were kaleidoscope –  Advanced Research Methodology (doctoral and masters); Police Organisational Dynamics (masters); Leading Change (masters); Public Policy Studies (masters); Applied Research Methodology in Criminological Sciences (honours); Victim Studies (honours); Road Traffic Management (honours); Research Methodology: Criminology (third year major); Law of Evidence (third year); Criminological Paradigms and Theory (third year major); Victimology (second year major); Criminal Procedure (second year); Policing (second year); Investigation of Crime (second year major); Criminalistics (second year major); Crime Prevention (first year); Fundamental Criminology (first year major); Policing (first year); Penology (first year); and Criminal Law (common law and statutory law) (first year). Preparation was key for me in maintaining an 80% pass rate (throughout). In conjunction with expert advisory groups (including feedback from industry and students), developed the subject/module templates and content of all the subjects/modules that I have taught. Have also, as part of a team, created several undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. For example, Bachelor of Social Science in Criminology and Forensic Studies; Bachelor of Social Science Honours in Criminology and Forensic Studies; Master of Social Science in Criminology and Forensic Studies; Doctor of Philosophy in Criminology and Forensic Studies; Certificate in Policing; National Diploma in Policing; Bachelor of Technology in Policing; Master of Technology in Policing; Doctor of Technology in Policing; and the Peace Officer Learnership (all accredited by quality assurance bodies).

Student Supervision

Masters

2018

Melissa Monica Geyser. An exploratory case study analysis on restorative justice intervention in domestic violence cases in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Master of Social Science in Criminology and Forensic Studies (full dissertation). University of KwaZulu-Natal. (Sole supervisor)

2018

Smangele Nkosingiphile Shandu. Exploring perceptions on personal income tax fraud in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. Master of Social Science in Criminology and Forensic Studies (full dissertation). University of KwaZulu-Natal. (Sole supervisor).  

2017

Lennox Luzipo. Point community members’ perceptions of South African Police Service prevention strategies for the illicit trafficking of marijuana in the Point are, Durban. Master of Social Science in Criminology and Forensic Studies (full dissertation). University of KwaZulu-Natal. (Sole supervisor).

2017

Reema Nunlall. Perceptions of the ‘conviction’ rate of reported adult female rape in Verulam, Durban. Master of Social Science in Criminology and Forensic Studies (full dissertation). University of KwaZulu-Natal. (Sole supervisor).    

2017

Rivashia Nayager. Detectives versus patrol officers: a comparative analysis of police culture themes of solidarity, isolation, and cynicism. Master of Social Science in Criminology and Forensic Studies (full dissertation). University of KwaZulu-Natal. (Sole supervisor).

2017

Maretha Engelbrecht. The perceptions of private security officer behaviour on the preliminary investigation of housebreaking and theft crime scenes in Berea, Durban. Master of Social Science in Criminology and Forensic Studies (full dissertation). University of KwaZulu-Natal. (Sole supervisor).   

2016

Vuyelwa Kemiso Maweni. OLD VERSUS NEW: a South African Police Service culture attitudinal comparison.  Master of Social Science in Criminology and Forensic Studies (full dissertation). University of KwaZulu-Natal. (Sole supervisor).     

2012

Gladys Busisiwe Mangwani. Suicides in the South African Police Service: a study of contributory factors and recommendations.  Magister Technologiae: Policing (full dissertation). Tshwane University of Technology. (Sole supervisor).

2010

Mulder van Eyk. Conducting identification parades of suspects in South Africa: psychological, legal and law enforcement perspectives. Magister Technologiae: Policing (full dissertation). Tshwane University of Technology. (Sole supervisor).

2010

Karel Francois Husselmann. Managing the SAPS budget for fuel and oil in KwaZulu-Natal: a study of the perceptions of station commissioners. Magister Technologiae: Policing (structured masters [mini dissertation]). Tshwane University of Technology. (Sole supervisor).  

2009

Marzedt de Beer. The occurrence of street robberies on Durban’s ‘Golden Mile’. Magister Technologiae: Policing (full dissertation). Tshwane University of Technology. (Sole supervisor).  

2009

Ronnie Heeralall. An exploration of situational factors associated with attacks on police officials in South Africa with specific reference to the SAPS Cato Manor precinct. Magister Technologiae: Policing (full dissertation). Tshwane University of Technology. (Sole supervisor)

2009

Gary Naicker. Learner, educator and community views on school safety at Strelitzia Secondary School. Magister Technologiae: Policing (full dissertation). Tshwane University of Technology. (Sole supervisor).   

2004

Dumezweni Johannes Chiliza. Attitudes towards community police forums in the Durban North area. Magister Technologiae: Policing (structured masters [mini dissertation]). Tshwane University of Technology. (Co-supervisor).  

 PhD 

 2016

Sazelo Michael Mkhize. ‘Darker shades of blue’: A cross-sectional study of traditional police culture themes amongst experienced SAPS officials. Doctor of Philosophy in Criminology and Forensic Studies. University of KwaZulu-Natal. (Sole supervisor)

2016

Karel Francois Husselmann. Policy knowledge and bureaucratic management perceptions towards effective and efficient fuel usage in the South African Police Services. Doctor of Philosophy in Criminology and Forensic Studies. University of KwaZulu-Natal. (Sole supervisor)

2011

Adewale Adisa Olutola. Crime prevention and the criminal justice system of Nigeria and South Africa: a comparative perspective. Doctor Technologiae: Policing. Tshwane University of Technology. (Co-supervisor).

2010

Jacob Tseko Mofokeng. Anti-fraud training in the South African Police Service (SAPS): a strategic perspective. Doctor Technologiae: Policing. Tshwane University of Technology. (Co-supervisor)