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I am Senior Lecturer in Criminology in the School of Social Sciences, University of Westminster, Visiting Lecturer in the Faculty of Law, University of São Paulo, Affiliate at the King’s Brazil Institute, King’s College London, and External Examiner for BSc Policing Studies, Liverpool John Moores University.

Previous academic posts: Lecturer in Criminology, Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, University of Portsmouth (2005-2007); visiting Lecturer, School of Law, University of Westminster (1997-2005)

Higher education: Ph.D. Criminology, University of Westminster (2006); M.A. Criminal Justice, University of Southampton (1992); LL.B. Law, Second Class Honours (Upper Division), University of Southampton (1990)

Professional affiliation: Higher Education Academy (Fellow, 2007)


I teach on BA Criminology. I am module leader for Globalisation, Crime and Control, Punishment and Modern Society, Dissertations in Criminology, Prisons and Desistance, and Connecting Prisons and Universities through Higher Education.

I  coordinate an academic mentoring scheme for prisoners studying law and social science degrees, and criminology programmes at HMP Pentonville (level 3), HMP Grendon (level 6) and HMP Coldingley (level 7) involving collaborative learning and publishing between students inside and outside prison.

I am development lead for MA Criminology.


My research interests are in comparative and transnational criminology, prisons, urban security and state crime. I am a founding member of British Convict Criminology.

My doctoral research focused on the use of ASBOs and other civility orders in crime prevention. My main research area is Brazilian prisons. I am currently involved in projects on community prisons and prison education in Brazil, and on developing a South American Convict Criminology.

I am a member of the university Social Policy REF working group.