Assistant Professor of Criminology, Faculty of Social Sciences
I joined the University of Nottingham in June 2018 having previously been a Lecturer at Keele University where I also completed my PhD. In addition to my academic work I was, until July 2018, Chair of Trustees of the charity Unlock which provides information, advice and advocacy for people with convictions who are seeking to move forwards positively with their lives.
My research interests are primarily in the areas of punishment and social control. In particular, I am interested in the impact of criminal records and post-sentence control measures on the life chances of people with convictions. I am also interested in the political discourse which surrounds human rights legislation and its interactions with contemporary penal practices. Whilst I have used quantitative analysis in some of my published work, my PhD thesis and other work is predominantly qualitative and archival, drawing theoretical inspiration from the works of Michel Foucault on discourse, power and governmentality.
My current research is on the impact of criminal records on the citizenship and life chances of people who have been in contact with the criminal justice system. This involves work (with Professor… read more
My current research is on the impact of criminal records on the citizenship and life chances of people who have been in contact with the criminal justice system. This involves work (with Professor Elena Larrauri and Dr Marti Rovira, UPF Barcelona) on the existence of so-called 'collateral consequences of a conviction' in European jurisdictions and on the possible alternatives to current systems of criminal record disclosure.
I have previously researched and published on issues such as the political discourse surrounding prisoner voting rights and the extent to which Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements are applied consistently across England and Wales.
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