I joined theFaculty in April 2008 as Professor of Criminology and, until 2016, founding Co-Director of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (www.sccjr.ac.uk) and I am currently Deputy AssociateDean for Research. I was previously Professor of Criminology at Lancaster University and, before that, Professor of Social Work and Director of the Social Work Research Centre at the University of Stirling.
My research has focused primarily on community sanctions, with particular interests in women in the criminal justice system, problem-solving courts and criminal justice responses to drug-related crime. Much of my work is policy related and/or comparative/international. The latter includes research on women leaving prison and juvenile justice in Australia and on community sanctions in Europe. I was recently involved in a 2 year EU funded project on electronic monitoring in EU member states(http://emeu.leeds.ac.uk/) and am currently involved in a study of the Problem-solving Approach at Aberdeen Sheriff Court (with Ipsos MORI) funded by the Scottish Government. I am currently a member of the External Advisory Group to theScottish Prison Service Women’s Strategy Programme.
I am a member of the European Society of Criminology Working Groups on Community Sanctions, Gender and Justice and Sentencing and Penal Decision-Making and was a member of the EU COST Offender Supervision in Europe working group on decision-making (http://www.offendersupervision.eu/). I am also a member of the Centre for Gender & Feminist Studies at the University of Stirling (http://www.stir.ac.uk/arts-humanities/research/centres/centreforgenderandfeministstudies/) and the Spinhuis Centre for Research on Incarcerated Females at the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement, Amsterdam (http://spinhuiscenter.org/). In September 2016 I was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).
In relation to Doctoral supervision, I welcome inquires relating to the areas of: community penalties and measures; gender and justice; problem-solving justice; and imprisonment and prisoner resettlement