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Biography

I have worked at UON since 2005 in a number of differing roles each which have fed into the various avenues of research I have undertaken and as fate would decree I have also taught in each existing faculty. My current role is lecturer in Criminal Justice Studies. I started the full-time position in February 2022. My main area of research is in Cybercrime and Digital Policing, but I am also interested in how this intersects with Serious Organised Crime (i.e. how criminals are using new technologies to commit crime and how law enforcment are developing technologies and strategies to fight crime). Before this I was an Associate Lecuturer for the team, where I devised, developed and delivered the online modules CJS3012 -Cybercrime and CJS3023- Digital Policing for the Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP), as well as delvering Digital Policing and Cybercrime sessions to Police Constable Degree Apprentices (PCDA). 

Previously I had worked in Library and Learning Services  Acquisitions and Metadata teams and was a member of the Learning Technology team for three years. This range of experience has enabled me to conduct varied research projects outside of my subject specialisms, i.e. reading lists and Talis Aspire software, change management and systems, as well as educational technology and online pedagogical practices.

This latter area of research ties in with my current role in Criminal Justice Studies. My area of teaching and research has adapted over the years and followed my increasingly technology-based primary roles. 

Research Interests

Although diverse, my research interests these days are broadly aligned around the use of technology – I am involved in educational technology and e-learning research projects, but also, and more specifically in line with my academic teaching, I am currently researching the use of AI enhanced technologies by UK law enforcement, looking at machine or deep learning modules in forensic software, as well as predictive systems and facial recognition technology, and importantly, ethical considerations and awareness when AI algorithms are utilised in the fight against crime.

I am also interested in the Enlightenment period of the eighteenth century and my doctoral research sought to redefine the Radical Enlightenment originally conceived by Margaret C. Jacobs and built on by Jonathan Israel. The Enlightenment and its focus on innovation, human perfectibility and progress correlates with, and informs, my current research focus on twenty-first century AI enhanced technological advancement.

Teaching Interests

2017 - Present

Investigating Serious Organised Crime and the Politics of Global Policing - CJS2036

Investigating Serious Organised Crime - CJS2026

Cybercrime – CJS3012 (OL)

Digital Policing - CJS3023 (OL) DHEP

PCDA (Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship)  – Cybercrime component

Criminology and Crime Prevention - CJS1214 (PCDA)

Academic Development - CJS2009

 

2016-2017

Guest Lecturer on Critical Perspectives on Current Education Practices - EDU3039  

 

2006-2017

Eighteenth Century Literature – LIT2036

Romanticism – LIT3027

Women’s Writing – LIT2030

Victorian Literature – LIT1029

 

External Teaching

 

February – June 2010

Associate Lecturer in English Literature Special Module -Utopian Fiction at Oxford Brookes University. Oxford.

 

September 2007-May 2009

Lecturer in Psychology and Critical Thinking A’ Level at Northampton College, Booth Lane, Northampton.

 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Master, The Open University

Award Date: 30 Jun 2021

PhD, University of Northampton

Award Date: 10 Jul 2015

Master, University of Warwick

Award Date: 11 Jul 2007

Bachelor, University of Northampton

Award Date: 22 Jul 2005

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