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Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Keele University

Helen's research is largely focused on the subject of roads policing, and has included projects on speed cameras and speed limits, ANPR, Community Speed Watch, dash cam submissions, mobile phone use by drivers, and Police and Crime Commissioners’ engagement with roads policing issues. She is author of over 15 academic articles as well as the 2012 book 'The Fast and the Furious: Drivers, speed cameras and control in a risk society' published by Ashgate and based on her PhD research.

Helen has drawn research funding from the private sector (VW, British Nuclear Fuels, Motor Insurers' Bureau), local government (Staffordshire County Council, Newcastle-under-Lyme Safer Communities Partnership), the police (NPCC, Staffordshire Police, The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire, and Gloucestershire), the third sector (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, Magistrates' Association, Road Safety Trust) and central government (Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, Highways England/National Highways).

Helen has successfully supervised doctoral students studying topics including; fixed penalties and the future of the Magistracy; the longer term effectiveness of an educational alternative to prosecution for drivers caught using their mobile phone while driving; everyday policing in Victorian England, and is now supervising an ESRC funded doctoral project looking at new ways of deploying roads policing resource, and a UKROEd funded project exploring education as a diversion from prosecution.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Keele University