- Primary position:
- Professor of Criminology
"The What Works Centre for Crime Reduction is one of the first national centres and I feel very privileged to be part of it."
I joined the University of Southampton as Professor of Criminology in 2012 and am the Co-Director of the Institute of Criminal Justice Research at the University of Southampton. I am also the Southampton lead for the new What Works Centre for Crime Reduction.
I completed my PhD at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia in 1998 and was awarded a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education in 2002. From 2000-2002. I was a Senior Research Fellow with the Key Centre for Law, Justice Ethics and Governance in Brisbane, Australia. As a Fellow at the Australian National University (Canberra, ACT), I was the chief coordinator of an Australian Research Council funded project, Policing in the 21st Century with the Australian Federal Police (2003-2006). From 2006-2011, I was first Research Professor and then Director of the Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies at the University of Tasmania.
For the past 15 years, I have worked on a formal and informal basis with police agencies and police associations in Australia, the United Kingdom, Scotland, Canada, the Netherlands, the United States and New Zealand. I have worked and liaised with organizations such as police associations/unions, Institutes of Policing, Specialist police units (national and international), police academies, the international police executive forum, the Home Office (UK), the Scottish Institute of Policing, Associated Police Chief Officers Association (ACPO) and police organizations generally. I am a strong supporter of participatory action research with the emphasis on practitioner involvement
I am the Editor of Australasian Policing: a Journal of Professional Practice, Policy and Research and am on the editorial board of Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice (UK).
The University of Southampton's electronic library (e-prints)
My research is interdisciplinary, drawing together the specialist areas of criminology and police studies with the more general concerns of public administration and public policy. I have worked on a range of substantive issues including: the implementation of community policing strategies; building capacity and engagement for police leadership; the provision of criminal justice services to the mentally ill; the policing of anti-social behaviour and alcohol-related violence in and around licensed premises, police management of adult sexual assault, the politics of law and order and the politics of trust and confidence in police services.
My current research interests include: the politics of police accountability; the politics of trust and confidence in police services; the changing role of the police leader; police management of sexual assault; and understanding and working upon the intersections between policing research and public policy.
Current Research Projects
The changing role of the police leader in the 21st century (with Eugene McLaughlin)
The aim of this research is to broaden understanding of the challenges and dilemmas confronting the police leader in the 21st century. The research addresses a gap in knowledge between theory and practice regarding what the police are, what they do, and how they maintain order, administer laws and serve their communities.
Policing Just Outcomes
Police as ‘gatekeepers’ to the criminal justice system have been criticised for their perceived inability to progress sexual assault complaints satisfactorily. Legislative and procedural reforms have done little to dispel such perceptions. In recent years there has been a move to the provision of coordinated service responses to sexual assault to encourage a more ‘victim-centred’ approach to the investigation of such crimes. The Policing Just Outcomes project is an in-depth analysis of police responses to reports of sexual offences, the management and investigation outcomes of these reports and the experiences and decision making of victim/survivors in regard to the reporting of sexual offences. The project utilises an innovative three-strand approach to capture the experiences and perspectives of victim/survivors, police and practitioners, and police organisational and policy contexts.
Primary research group: The Institute of Criminal Justice Research
CRIM 3002 Issues in Law Enforcement and Social Control
CRIM 1004 Introduction to Criminal Justice Studies
CRIM 1003 Introduction to Criminology
SOCI 6037 Sociology and Social Policy Project Module