I currently work as a Lecturer in Criminology at the School of Law having graduated from the University of Sheffield with a PhD in 2016. For my doctoral research, which was funded by the Economic Social Research Council (ESRC), I explored the role/s being played by non-warranted civilian investigators relative to that of warranted police detectives within police Criminal Investigation Departments across England and Wales. My research employed a mixed methods research design and draws upon data collected from semi-structured interviews with police officers and police staff, observation work and a national level semi-structured survey. Findings from this research have subsequently been used to provide evidence-based recommendations pertinent to the recruitment, training and development of Civilian Investigators (CIs) nationally.
Prior to taking up my current position, I was employed by the University of Sheffield as Research Associate on the ‘Good’ Police Custody Study: Theorising the ‘Is’ and the ‘Ought’.
I am also currently engaged in the development of a new postgraduate level qualification/course for police civilian investigators/investigation officers operating in the complex world of vulnerabilities crime investigation. This initiative is being funded through a successful bid made to the Police Transformation Fund in conjunction with Durham constabulary as the lead police partner. This role involves close working with a number of partner police forces and the College of Policing.
- PhD in Criminology, University of Sheffield, 2016
- MA International Criminology, (2011, University of Sheffield) – awarded with
- BA (Hons) History and Criminology (2008-2011) – First Class
Teaching and Learning
I am committed to a research-led approach to teaching and do my best to ensure that the modules that I convene and a number of the lectures/seminars I deliver are informed by my own research interests. At both undergraduate and postgraduate level, I teach on a range of core criminology modules including criminological theory and research methods (see below). At postgraduate level, I also teach and convene a new course, which draws from the findings of my own doctoral research, training police civilian investigators working in the area of vulnerabilities crime. I am keen to promote independent learning and place emphasis on helping students develop the skills, knowledge and understanding to make a difference in their current/future careers.
The modules I teach are:
|Comprehending Criminology (Convenor)||The Cultures of Criminology (Convenor)|
|Advanced Introduction: Understanding Criminology (Convenor)||Qualitative and Quantitative Methods (Convenor)|
|Responding to Crime||Investigative Skills (Convenor)|
|Responding to Crime and Victimisation||Effects and Risk in Relation to Vulnerabilities Offences|
|Skills for Criminologists||Investigating Vulnerabilities and Supporting Victims (Convenor)|
|Introduction to Criminological Research||Law, Evidence and Practice in Investigating Vulnerabilities Offences|
- Police and Policing (in particular criminal investigation, vulnerability and police training/education)
- Police Reform (in particularly, the civilianisation and privatisation of ‘core’ provision and services)
- Vulnerabilities Crime
- Police Custody
- Police Legitimacy
- Private Security
- Criminological Theory
- Mixed Methods Research
Member of the Centre for Criminological Research Cluster
College of Policing – Policing Education Qualifications Framework network
- Junior partners or equal partners? Civilian investigators and the blurred boundaries of police detective work. Policing and Society. View this article in WRRO
- Police legitimacy in context: an exploration of “soft” power in police custody in England. Policing: an International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, 40(3), 601-613. View this article in WRRO
- Municipal policing in the European Union: comparative perspectives. Policing and Society, 26(3), 360-364.