I am a sociologist with broad teaching and research interests in critical criminology, zemiology, criminology, criminal justice, criminal law, criminal appeals, evidence law and penology. More specifically, I have researched and written extensively on the workings of the criminal justice system, criminal appeals and the prison and parole systems from the perspective of “miscarriages of justice” and claims of factual innocence by alleged victims of wrongful conviction and imprisonment.
I have been at the University of Bristol as a student and member of staff for almost 25 years. I obtained my BSc (Hons) in Sociology (First Class) in 1996 and PhD in Sociology in 2003. In 2003-04, I was an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Sociology. I was appointed to a Lectureship across the Law School and the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies (SPAIS) in 2004, progressed to Senior Lecturer in 2007 and was promoted to Reader in Sociology and Law in 2012.
In terms of publications, I am the author or editor of four books: The Innocent and the Criminal Justice System (2013); The Criminal Cases Review Commission: Hope for the Innocent? (Editor, 2012 ); Rethinking Miscarriages of Justice: Beyond the tip of the iceberg (2012 ); and, Claims of Innocence: An introduction to wrongful convictions and how they might be challenged; (2011).
In addition, I have almost 60 further publications in peer-reviewed academic journals, edited book collections, professional journals, broadsheet newspapers and official reports, many of which are freely available on this website.
In terms of the impact of my research, it has influenced several legal and policy reforms through public engagement activities and invitations to consult with Members of Parliament, Parliamentary Committees and criminal justice system policy makers at home and abroad and to give presentations to a host of other specialist conferences and events. This includes giving oral evidence on my research to the UK Parliamentary Justice Committee, two invited presentations in the UK House of Commons, an invited presentation to the US. Department of Justice in Washington D.C., as well as several other invited consultations and conference papers in the United States, China, Armenia, Italy, Norway and several in Ireland.
In addition, I have given more than 40 invited presentations on issues relating to my academic research to public, professional and third sector conferences.
I often contribute in the media (over a hundred times) on a range of criminal justice issues. I have also been interviewed for newspapers and appeared on television and radio programmes in Norway, Armenia, South Korea, New Zealand, Australia and Ireland.
Important note: As this is my personal website, any and all views expressed here are mine and do not represent those of my employer.