Head of Criminal Justice at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) within the School of Justice Studies. Michelle has led on a number of projects since her return to academia in October 2019. Projects include an all-Wales evaluation of multi-agency safeguarding arrangements, evaluation of Op Provide (Lancashire Constabulary) - an initiative where IDVAs are being deployed with response police officers to calls of domestic abuse, also evaluations of local charities that are supporting young people. Michelle is also involved in the evaluation of various Violence Reduction Units across the UK and also assists the National Crime Agency on a number of projects involving sexual offending and serious violence.
Previously the National Research Lead for Public Health and Policing at Public Health Wales, leading the research and evaluation of the Home Office £6.7million funded Police Transformation Project Early Action Together (Police and Partners ACEs programme).
Before this, Michelle was a Senior lecturer at UCLan within the Policing team and also seconded to Lancashire constabulary for 2 years as the academic lead for their Evidence Based Policing Research Hub.
Michelle's doctoral research (completed in 2012) explored risk factors for contact child sexual abuse within a sample of those engaging in indecent images of children. In addition to the research’s intellectual appeal, it is policy relevant in that it helped to generate evidence based decision tools for police intelligence assessment. Her doctoral research assisted with the creation of KIRAT (Kent Internet Risk Assessment Tool), a risk management tool for individuals accessing indecent images of children. KIRAT was recently reported within CEOP’s thematic assessment (2012) as “the most rigorously tested assessment tool currently available” (p.11). This tool has been accredited by ACPO to be used by all Police Forces within the UK, and has since then been extended to European and international use.
Michelle has led and been involved with various research projects with national agencies and Constabularies since 2009, including the National Crime Agency, College of Policing, Homicide Working Group, CEOP, Public Health and third sector organisations. This work tends to focus on areas of risk and high demand, with outcomes influencing policy and practice. She lectures nationally and internationally on these topics and has published on various areas of criminal justice. She was a Justice of the Peace from 2007 to 2017.