I hold a BA in Sociology and Criminology, an MA in Social Research Methods, and a PhD in Sociology. Professionally, I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. My work At York St John University specialises in the field of Cultural Criminology. Most recently, my work has looked at violence in video games. I am a co-editor for the book series Emerald Studies in Death and Culture, and I work closely with the Death and Culture Network (DacNet).