Lecturer in Criminology, Manchester Metropolitan University

I’m interested in disorderly and anti-social behaviour and how it’s managed under the rule of law - which should be clear, universal and even-handed. Communities sometimes need to control individuals’ behaviour, but imposing arbitrary and unlawlike controls is ethically unacceptable and may be counter-productive.

My research is currently organised around three themes: labelling disorder (how unacceptable forms of disorder are constructed by the law and the criminal justice system); controlling disorder (how undesirable behaviour is managed under and beneath the law); and exiting disorder (how individuals involved in disorderly lifestyles succeed in desisting and 'move on').


  • –present
    Lecturer in Sociology, Manchester Metropolitan University