I joined The Open University as a Lecturer in Criminology and Social Policy in 2015, having previously undertaken my PhD within the Department of Social Policy and Criminology here. I have previously taught as an associate lecturer at the University of Northampton and have also spent time working with third sector organisations in the field.
My research interests relate to the understandings of 'marginalised' populations, as well as critical evaluation of methodological claims.
Between September 2017 and March 2019, I was Principle Investigator on the project 'Do Participatory Visual Methods Give Voice?' The project was funded by the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods, and evaluated the claim that participatory visual methods 'give voice' to participants, by exploring researcher, participant, and audience understandings of 'voice' and participatory visual methods.
My PhD research considered the experiences of rough sleepers and those who provide services for rough sleepers. Previous research I have undertaken has considered the experiences of profoundly deaf prisoners in England and Wales, and I maintain an interest in such experiences.
I am also a board member of the Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC).
I would be interested in supervising PhD research relating to housing and homelessness, 'marginalised' populations, but would be happy to discuss projects in the fields of criminology and social policy more generally.
I currently supervise two PhD students:
Stephen Akpabio-Klementowski (2015-present, part time), co-supervised with Dr Deb Drake. Provisional Title: Can Punishment and Rehabilitation Co-exist? Investigating the Conditions that Support Prison Learners Seeking Further and Higher Education Qualifications.
Margret Westergreen-Thorne (2020-present, part time), co-supervised with Dr Deb Drake and Prof Steve Tombs. Provisional Title: The role of power in either facilitating or hindering Open University Higher Education provision in prisons in England and Wales.
I am currently the module chair of Understanding Criminology (DD212, in presentation), as well as being qualification lead for the BA (Hons) Criminology and the BA (Hons) Social Policy and Criminology. I am also part of the production team on Social Research: Crime, Justice and Society (DD215), authoring a book chapter on visual and digital research methods.
I have recently worked on the MA in Crime and Justice, contributing to the modules Principles of Psychological and Social Inquiry (DD801) and Global Crime and Justice (DD804). On DD801, I authored materials concerning category construction and homelessness; social constructionism and the use of documents in research; and public perceptions and charitable giving. On DD804, I authored materials on constructing criminological knowledge; constructing crimes of 'the poor'; and industries of punishment, as well as co-authoring materials on classicism and positivism in criminology and genders and feminisms.
I have also previously chaired Welfare, Crime and Society (DD208) in presentation.
I have also contributed to OpenLearn courses, which are available to view here. In addition, along with my colleague Vickie Cooper, I have recorded a set of three videos about the criminalisation of homelessness, which are available on the OpenLearn YouTube channel here.
My teaching at previous institutions has included modules about social research methods, criminological theory, crime and the media, inequalities and poverty, and an introductory module to social policy.
I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.