I am Professor of Criminology in the Social and Policy Studies Unit at Loughborough University, having previously been an Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies at Swansea University. My primary research interests are youth justice, youth crime prevention and social justice, particularly the promotion of positive, children first ways of working with children embroiled in the Youth Justice System. My new book, ‘Youth Justice: A Critical Introduction’, is published by Routledge.
I have conducted large-scale funded research for the Home Office, Youth Justice Board, Welsh Government and National Institute for Health and Social Care. In 2013, I was awarded the Howard League Research Medal (with my colleague Professor Kevin Haines) for an evaluation of the Swansea Bureau youth crime diversion programme and in 2008 I won the British Society of Criminology Brian Williams Prize for outstanding scholarship by a young criminologist.