I am a lecturer in the School of Social Sciences, I teach Criminology and specifically the Level I Course Contemporary Issues in Crime and Justice.
I obtained my PhD from Keele University in 2015 where I examined the use of out of court disposals. The study was funded by the Magistrates Association and Keele University and examined the use of on the spot fines / penalties for a variety of illegal behaviour, including; parking, speeding, illegal motoring, littering and minor disorder.
Since obtaining my PhD I have conducted a number of research projects for organisations in the field of parking regulation.
Prior to completing my PhD I worked as a local government officer, in licensing and enforcement, for a west midlands local authority for 6 years. I obtained a Master’s Degree in Human Rights, Globalisation and Justice from Keele University in 2009 and Law Degree (First Class Honours) from Staffordshire University in 2003.
My research interests lie in the field of regulatory and administrative justice, with a special focus on crimes of the law abiding and the impacts of regulatory justice experiences of the criminal justice system. In particular I am interested in how ostensibly law abiding citizens react to being labelled a problem by the justice system, especially in the field of parking and parking enforcement.
I have recently completed research for the Traffic Penalty Tribunal and PATROL, with colleagues from the University of Birmingham, on the operation of the TPT's online case management and hearing system. This is the first study of its kind that examines digital courts in action in the UK.
I was recently awarded funding by the RAC Foundation to examine the current trend in the use of automated enforcement to regulate road traffic.