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Criminology and criminal justice education; drugs, alcohol and stigma; restorative justice

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I am a senior lecturer in criminology, and have previous experience working in police intelligence. My academic research is influenced by my practitioner background; I am a trained restorative justice facilitator and have extensive experience working with people who have offended and victims of crime. I have embedded restorative values across both teaching and research centralising people’s lived experiences of criminal justice and addressing the impact of stigma, inequalities, and social harm experienced by marginalised communities. Across my career I have strived to bridge the gap between academia and practice, and my research has practical application for those working in criminal justice and those teaching criminology.

My academic research falls across the following areas:

1. Criminology and criminal justice education researching and creating pedagogical toolkits for staff and students to develop their critical information literacy and consider whose voices are included, excluded, and marginalised.

2. Drugs and Alcohol. My current focus is around (Novel) Psychoactive Substances, particularly the impact of substance use for both staff and users in a police custody and prison setting. 2

3. Policing. I am particularly interested in police culture, organisational culture, and the role of police staff within the police force.

4. Restorative Justice, my PhD thesis explored the implementation of restorative justice across a police force in England and Wales

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Sociology and Social Policy, PhD, The implementation of restorative justice policy: a case study of one police force in England and Wales, Durham University

Award Date: 14 Jan 2016

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