I'm Assistant Dean (Research and Postgraduate Affairs) and Associate Professor of Criminological Psychology in the College of Liberal Arts at Bath Spa University.
I've held posts at Birmingham City University, Loughborough University, University of Leicester, and Portsmouth University.
I'm currently Principal Investigator on a project funded by the Ministry of Justice at HMP Downview. I specialise in researching the role of the arts and creative activities with challenging and vulnerable groups. Much of my work involves the evaluation of arts programmes in the criminal justice system, and I have received funding from the Home Office, Economic and Social Research Council, the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance, the NHS, and several third-sector organisations.
My research was instrumental in challenging government policy on restrictions to arts activities in prisons: I served as an advisor to the Arts Alliance Evidence Advisory Group from 2011-2013, consulting on collating, enhancing, reviewing, and disseminating the evidence base for the arts. In 2011 my research was highlighted in Research Councils UK Big Ideas for the Future report, and my methodological approach to evidencing the impact of the arts was cited as an example of good practice by the Charities Evaluation Service. In that year I was also presented with a commendation award from the Howard League for Penal Reform for my research on the arts in prisons and this work formed the basis of a successful a REF 2014 impact case study. In 2016 I was invited to speak at the House of Lords to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing.
Current PhD students:
- Ella Simpson - The arts and redemption narratives of women in prison
- Amina El-Warari - The employment needs of refugee men
- Richard Lewis - The ethics of undercover policing
I publish widely in academic and professional arenas, and serve on the editorial boards of a number of academic journals.
- BSc Aston University
- PG Cert (HE) Birmingham City University
- PhD Loughborough University
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- Member of the British Psychological Societys Division of Forensic Psychology