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I am Senior Lecturer in Criminology and co-director of the Research Centre for Equality and Criminal Justice in the Department of History, Sociology and Criminology, University of Westminster.

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 currently teach on BA Criminology. I am module leader for Justice and Human Rights, Controversies in Criminal Justice, Globalisation and Crime, Punishment and Modern Society, and Security and Surveillance .

I am external examiner for BSc Criminology, University of Kingston, department representative on faculty level research ethics committee, a member of department research development group, and a faculty learning, teaching and quality representative.


My research interests are in comparative and transnational criminology, prisons and urban security. I am co-director of British Convict Criminology and a steering group member of the Reclaim Justice Network. I am currently involved in research projects on Latin American prisons, higher education in prisons, prisoner mentoring and the internationalisation of convict criminology. I would be pleased to hear from students considering MPhil or PhD research in any of these areas. Please follow the link for more information on how to apply for a research degree. For more information on our areas of research expertise in the department, please see our Social Sciences and Humanities research page.

My doctoral research focused on the use of ASBOs and other civility orders in crime prevention.I am currently involved in research projects on inmate collaboration and self-governance in Brazilian prisons, higher education in prisons, race relations in prison, and pre/post release prison mentoring. Since September 2008 I have made four research trips to Brazil, during which I have visited over twenty prison units. In September 2010 I completed a three-week ethnographic study of a police jail in Rio de Janeiro.

Externally funded research: British Academy Small Research Grants. Award £3,457.


For details of all my research outputs, visit my WestminsterResearch profile.