I hold an LLB (Hons) in Law from the University of Derby, after which I passed my MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Loughborough University. Since then I have also gained a PGCert in Crime Prevention and Community Safety from UCL and a PGDip in Continuing Professional Development (Higher Education Practice) from the University of Huddersfield. I am also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
I have experience of policing as Special Constable and a Crime Analyst, prior to moving into academia. Since then I have worked as a Research Fellow at UCL and am currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of Huddersfield, where I have been since 2007.
I am registered for a PhD at UCL, studying the spatial concentration of crime within facilities, due to submit January 2018.
I have published in the fields of crime patterns and crime prevention, but my more recent work focuses on green criminology, particularly wildlife and animal-related crime.