Phillip is a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of New South Wales. He completed his PhD at the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University in 2013. His thesis, Policing Nightlife: The Representation and Transformation of Security in Sydney's Night-Time Economy, followed critical transitions in the regulation and policing of Sydney nightlife and the role that both public and private policing agencies play in this complex and highly politicised environment.
Phillip has project managed a number of major research projects, including the NDLERF Funded Patron Offending and Intoxication in Night-Time Entertainment Districts (POINTED) Project and NSW Health funded Alcohol Combined with Energy Drinks (ACED) project.
Phillip's research interests include crime prevention, policing policy and practice, plural policing, the night-time economy, alcohol and drug related violence, urban governance and the relationship between the media, crime and policing.