Maureen has worked as an Associate Lecturer in Criminology and Social Sciences since 2010 and joined the Faculty of Business and Law as a Lecturer in Policing Organisation and Practice in February 2019. Maureen brings a breadth of experience having worked within the criminal justice system as a Fingerprint Officer, Crime Scene Examiner and Forensic Scientist and as Criminal Intelligence Analyst and Financial Investigator. Maureen also has experience of working with offenders in a variety of settings and in particular, working with high risk sex offenders in the community. Maureen's academic career began in 2006 and she has held lecturer and senior lecturer posts in policing, criminal investigation and criminology, at universities in England and Scotland. She was also an Qualification Verifier and Subject Area Specialist in policing for Scottish Qualifications Authority, working across the UK and in the United Arab Emirates.
Maureen is an active researcher and her research interests lie in child sexual exploitation and abuse, human traffficking, organised crime, gendered violence, sexual offending and restorative justice. She is skilled in the use of quantitative and qualitative methods and analysis and in particular in the use of social network analysis.