Bill grew up in Northumberland in the north-east of England. He graduated with a BA in Law from Oxford University (Worcester College) and has an MA in Criminal Justice and a PhD from Brunel University. After working for third sector organisations in India and the UK, in local government, and as a researcher for the Law Society and the Police Foundation, Bill has held academic posts at Brunel University, the University of Cape Town and Keele University. He was appointed as Professor of Criminology in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at Nottingham in July 2014.
Bill has particular expertise in policing, southern and decolonial criminology and criminology, crime, crime control and criminal justice in South Africa.
Bill has taught on criminology and criminal justice programmes at six universities in three countries. His current responsibilities include convening or teaching on the following modules:
- Social Science Uncovered 2 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
- Southern Criminology: Decolonising the Study of Crime and Justice (Year 3 Undergraduate)
- Dissertation in Sociology/Social Policy/Criminology (Year 3 Undergraduate)
Bill has has had academic administrative roles in learning and teaching for many years and is the Director of Education and Student Experience in the School of Sociology and Social Policy.
Bill's current research interests are in crime, crime control and the development of criminology in post-apartheid South Africa from southern/decolonial perspectives. His most recent work has been on… read more
Bill's current research interests are in crime, crime control and the development of criminology in post-apartheid South Africa from southern/decolonial perspectives. His most recent work has been on the background to the shooting of 34 striking miners at Marikana in South Africa's North West Province on 16 August 2012. He has also done research and published on the role, governance and impact of police independent advisory groups in England and Wales.
Bill has done research in the past on a range of subjects including:
- The governance and accountability of London's Metropolitan Police
- Innovations in policing including sector policing (in London and South Africa) and problem-solving policing at 'hotspot' locations'
- Crime, policing and police reform in post-apartheid South Africa
- Context and motive in racially motivated offending
Bill's future research will be on southern/decolonial criminology and its impact in South Africa.