Personal profile

Scholarly biography

I joined the University of Brighton in October 2021 where I am a Senior Lecturer in Criminology with the School of Business and Law. I originally studied Psychology at Queen’s University Belfast, before moving to England to complete an MSc in Criminology at the University of Leicester. A funded scholarship to study for my PhD in Criminology meant I stayed on at the University of Leicester (and in England). Not long after completing my Doctorate, I secured a role in the Civil Service as a Government Social Researcher where I worked for different Government Departments, such as the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, Home Office/Ministry of Justice, and the Crown Prosecution Service. I returned to academia in 2013 initially with the University of Brighton (2013 to 2015) and then London South Bank University (2015 to 2021).

Research interests

My main research interests related to gender-based violence, especially violence against women and girls, with a particular focus on domestic violence and abuse, sexual violence, and so-called ‘honour’ crime. I am interested in community and state responses to such violence, especially in relation to the police and the criminalisation of victim-survivors, as well as the evaluation of initiatives designed to address violence against women and girls.

Knowledge exchange

I have been a principal or co-investigator on research projects worth £500,000 from funders including the Thames Valley Police, Home Office, and College of Policing. I am currently co-investigator on a Nuffield Foundation/British Academy funded project which explores Transformative Justice as a tool to support women with convictions in the community.

My commitment to addressing gender-based violence extends beyond her professional and academic life. Since 2015, I have volunteered for a local domestic abuse charity, R.I.S.E, and, in 2022, I  joined the organisation as a Trustee.

Supervisory Interests

I will be delighted to supervise PhD students interested in gender-based violence, especially where it involves violence against women and girls (in particular domestic violence and abuse, sexual violence, and so-called 'honour' crime), the criminal justice response to such violence, and the impact on survivor-victim journeys. Linked to this, I also welcome PhD students with an interest in justice-involved individuals, particularly women and their families. 

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Criminology - Penalising Prisoners: Penalising Families

Oct 1995Dec 2000

Award Date: 12 Jul 2001

Master, Criminology (with distinction)

Sept 1994Sept 1995

Award Date: 15 Dec 1995

Bachelor, Psychology, Queen's University Belfast

Sept 1990Jun 1993

Award Date: 15 Jul 1991

External positions


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External Examiner

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