I have a degree in sociology from the University of Liverpool and completed my postgraduate studies here at Leeds. I work mainly in the area of social policy and crime, but my work is influenced by my background in sociology. I am also an Associate Editor of Evidence Policy
My primary research interests revolve around the area of evidence-based policy-making. This has taken me in numerous directions. I have explored the relationship between science, evidence and policy making in the area of drugs policy and also the interplay between the precautionary principle and evidence-based decision-making. More recently, I have been looking at how recent welfare reforms and changes in drugs policy have impacted on drug users and am currently preparing research publications on state crimes and crimes of the powerful.
I mainly teach in the area of crime and related issues. I currently convene the Level One Module - 'Deviance, Crime and Social Control' and the Level Two Module 'Drugs: Society, Policy and Politics'. At Level Three I co-convene (with Dr Simon Prideaux) a module on Organized Crime and Violence.