I am a Research Fellow in the History Department at the Open University. After completing my PhD, I held lectureships in history at the University of Reading and the University of Leeds.
At the Open University, I have developed an inter-disciplinary research project ‘UK Police and International Policing Assistance (1989-2014)’ in collaboration with Clive Emsley and Chris A. Williams. The aim of this project has been a historical approach towards the internationalisation of law enforcement since 1945 and the impact more generally upon the evolution of UK policing. In 2010 we were awarded ESRC funding (Exploring UK policing practices as a blueprint for democratic police reform: the overseas deployment of UK Police Officers, 1989 -2009) to conduct oral histories with UK police deployed on international peacekeeping missions; to chart the provision of policing services overseas and the impact of that international experience upon the pattern of ‘British’ policing.
I am an Associate Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security (CEPS, Australia) and am currently collaborating on an international comparative project to research capacity exchange within international policing in the Balkans, Afghanistan, Timor-Leste and the Sudan.
I am also pursuing other research interests that relate closely to these ongoing projects including the history of police-military cooperation (1945 – present) with a particular focus on hostile environments and post-conflict states. I am an Honorary Fellow in the Centre for Criminology at the University of Hong Kong and collaborating on an international project to research the implementation of 'Western' models of police best practice in Asia.