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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 and Crime, Punishment and Modern Society, Dissertation in Criminology, Prisons and Desistance, and Connecting Prisons and Universities through Higher Education.

I co-ordinate an academic mentoring scheme for prisoners studying law and social science degrees, and criminology programmes at Pentonville, Grendon and Coldingley prisons.



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. I am currently involved in research projects on judicial processes, prison culture and alternative models of criminal detention in Brazil, prison higher education, 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.


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