Currently: Associate Professor in Criminology
Expertise: Other Applied Sciences
Highest qualification: Doctorate (PhD, DPhil)
I am a sociologist of policing, a qualitative researcher and an ethnographer. My recent work has included an ethnography of a police force control room, frontline responses to domestic violence, migrants’ experiences of hate crime in the wake of the Brexit vote, online abuse and trolling, police-academic partnerships, and officers’ constructions and understandings of evidence-based policing. I also publish and teach on qualitative research methods including reflexivity, ethnography and narratives. Currently, I am particularly interested in the use of qualitative and ethnographic methods for applied settings and in the context of evidence-based policing, and victims’ experiences of technology-facilitated domestic abuse and harassment.
My early doctoral research was a study of boy racers and I have discussed this work on BBC Radio 4’s, Thinking Allowed, and in local and national press including for example The Times, RTE Dublin and BBC Radio Cornwall. I have written for the Sociological Review blog, have featured in Desert Island Discourses for the British Sociological Association’s Network magazine, and have contributed to various police-practitioner outputs such as Scottish Justice Matters, Policing Insight, Police Professional, and EMPAC blogs.
I have a PhD in Sociology, PGCE in Higher Education Learning & Teaching, Masters in Social Research and MA (Hons.) in Sociology (all from the University of Aberdeen). I am a member of the British Sociological Association and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, on the Editorial Boards of Sociology and Sociological Research Online and have been a Co-Editor of Sociological Research Online.
I am a founding member of the East Midlands Policing Academic Collaboration (EMPAC), was on their strategic board from 2014-18, and led their Victims, Witnesses and Public Protection Network. I am currently an Advisory member of the Roads Policing Network at Keele University.
As a result of my work I have been invited to speak at a range of international and national events including for example at: Vrije Universiteit Brussel; University of Southern Denmark; Australian National University; University of Cambridge; Birkbeck, University of London; University of Liverpool; Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR) Annual International Conference; N8 Policing Research Partnership Workshop; British Sociological Association events; ESRC Scottish Doctoral Training Centre, University of Glasgow; Road Safety GB; and Muslim Women’s Network UK and Government Equalities Office Consultation Event. I have delivered numerous CPD courses and research methods training, including via the Social Research Association, to academics, police, and practitioners including on qualitative interviewing, qualitative data analysis, ethnography, reflexivity, narratives and participatory action research.