My research explores the relationship between the criminal law and society, particularly the impact of law on the most vulnerable. I am one of a minority of legal academics skilled in the use of qualitative and quantitative research methods. I have a track record over the last decade of publishing in leading international journals, producing impactful commissioned reports and attracting research funding.
Two current areas of interest are:
1) My research on the use of law to exclude and curtail the freedoms of vulnerable members of society in their use of public space. This research builds on my previous research on the control of anti-social behaviour. In recent years, I have been exploring how current trends in law reform in the UK and elsewhere have been towards greater regulation of the use of public space in the name of gentrification, consumerism and crime control. I am exploring how recent law reforms are being used to exclude unpopular minority communities such as the homeless, young people and ethnic minorities.
2) My research on the phenomenon of unequal access to justice for older victims of crime. This research involves original analyses of quantitative and qualitative data exploring the interactions of older people with the criminal justice system of Northern Ireland. My commissioned work for the Commissioner for Older People in Northern Ireland has produced a series of recommendations for how to reform the system to better support older victims of crime. The report was launched in May 2019.
My work has been published in leading academic journals including Legal Studies, the Journal of Law and Society, the Criminal Law Review and Punishment and Society. I have presented on my work both nationally and internationally to academic and practitioner audiences.
I have been awarded funding from the ESRC, EPSRC and other funding bodies. I am a member of the peer review college for the ESRC.
Prior to taking up my position at Queen's I spent time as a lecturer at Newcastle University and as an associate lecturer at the University of Manchester. I have also held research assistant positions at the University of Manchester and the University of Aberdeen. I have been a visiting scholar at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto and Fordham Law School in New York City.
I am an award-winning educator whose excellence in teaching, educational innovation and leadership has been recognised at the institutional and national level. I have been awarded the Sustained Excellence in Teaching Award by QUB and was a finalist in the UK-wide Oxford University Press Law Teacher of the Year Award 2018. QUB also nominated me for a National Teaching Fellowship in 2018, with feedback describing me as a gifted, innovative and student centred practitioner of legal education. As Programmes Convenor for the LLB I manage the day-to-day operation of one of the largest UG degree pathways in the University. I am the academic lead for the Brickfield’s Asia College-QUB partnership which in the last four years has brought over 200 international students to the university. I designed and implemented the LLB (Senior Status) programme, for which I am now the Advisor of Studies.
Criminal Law (UG LLB) (Module co-ordinator)
Criminal Liability (UG LLB) (Module co-ordinator)
Criminal Law (JD) (Module co-ordinator)
Crime, Justice and Society (LLM) (Module co-ordinator)
Criminal Justice (UG; LLM)
Legal and Regulatory Aspects of Money Laundering and Financial Crime (LLM)
Legal Methods and Systems (UG)
Public Law (UG)
The Construction of Crime (UG)
Criminal Justice Processes (LLM)
External Examiner Appointments
Open University (2018-)
University of Glasgow (2018-)
Lancaster University (2014-2017)
Sunderland University (2011-2015)
In 2017, I was awarded the Sustained Excellence in Teaching Award by Queen's University Belfast.
In 2018, I was a finalist in the Oxford University Press UK-wide Law Teacher of the Year Award.
In 2018, I was appointed to the Lord Chief Justice's Sentencing Group.
In 2019, I was appointed as an expert to the Independent Review of Hate Crime Legislation in Northern Ireland.
I was elected to the executive of the Irish Association of Law Teachers in 2018.
I served as secretary of the Socio-Legal Studies Association (2015-2017). I served six years (2011-2017) as a member of the SLSA's sub-committee for the awarding of Research Grants and PhD Fieldwork Scholarships.
LLB Programmes Director (2017-)
LLB (Senior Status) Advisor of Studies (2017-)
Personal Tutor (2014-)
Previous Adminstrative Roles
Law School Ethics Committee Member (2014-2017)
Director of Internationalisation (2016-2017)
UG Admissions Officer (2015-2016)
Advisor of Studies (Year 3 LLB) (2014-2015)
Director of the Newcastle Forum for Human Rights and Social Justice (2013-2014)
Deputy Admissions Selector for the LLB (2013-2014)
Co-ordinator of the Newcastle Law School External Advisory Board (2011-2014)
Editor of the Newcastle Law School Newsletter (2013-2014)
Staff Co-ordinator of the Student-Staff Relations Committee (2010-2012)
Staff Co-ordinator of the Client Interviewing and Client Negotiation Competitions (2009-2012)
Co-ordinator of Engagement and Alumni Relations (2009-2012)
Willingness to take PhD students
Criminal Law, Criminal Justice, Sentencing, Victims' Rights, Law and Technology, Public Space.
Improving Access to Justice For Older Victims of Crime: Older People as Victims of Crime and the Response of the Criminal Justice System in Northern Ireland
Research output: Book/Report › Commissioned report
- Early online date
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Sweet and Maxwell Ltd.
Scopus rating (2017): SJR 0.188 SNIP 0.581
Scopus rating (2018): SJR 0.149 SNIP 0.453
Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1748-8966
SAGE Publications Ltd
Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 2.35 SJR 0.851 SNIP 1.436
Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 2047-9433
A B Academic Publishers
Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 1.25 SJR 0.599 SNIP 1.026
Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work types › Publication peer-review
Activity: Consultancy types › Work on advisory panels for social community and cultural engagement
Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Participation in workshop, seminar, course
Contribution to conference papers, events and activities