I am a Reader in Sociology and Law at the University of Bristol, UK, with a joint appointment between the Law School and the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies (SPAIS). I teach critical courses in the areas of criminology and criminal justice to law, sociology and political science students. My research centres on the forms of injustice and social harm that stem from the structures and workings of the criminal justice, criminal appeals and prison systems and how they might be challenged and/or remedied. More specifically, I have researched and written extensively on issues relating to “miscarriages of justice” and the wrongful conviction and imprisonment of the innocent.
My major publications are: The Innocent and the Criminal Justice System (2013); Rethinking Miscarriages of Justice: Beyond the tip of the iceberg (2007); and, The Criminal Cases Review Commission: Hope for the Innocent? (Editor, 2009). In addition, I have over 50 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 influence of my research/wider activties, I established the first innocence project in the UK dedicated to investigating alleged wrongful convictions; I established Innocence Network UK (INUK), under which I facilitated a national network of innocence projects in UK universities and one in the a corporate law firm; and, I have been invited to consult with Members of Parliament, Parliamentary Committees and criminal justice system policy makers domestically and internationally 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. I have also given more than 40 invited presentations on issues relating to my research to professional, public and third sector conferences in the UK.
I have also been cited over a hundred times in the media for television and radio programmes and newspapers on a range of criminal justice issues, including for BBC 1, BBC Panorama, BBC Rough Justice, BBC News 24, ITV, GMTV, HTV, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC World Service, The Guardian, The Independent, The Times, The Telegraph, as well as for newspapers and radio programmes in Norway, Armenia, South Korea, New Zealand, Australia and Ireland.
I have received a number of awards and prizes for my work, including the following:
- Michael Young Prize, sponsored by The Young Foundation and the ESRC
- Attorney General’s Pro Bono Committee Award
- Bristol Law Society Pro Bono Award
- University of Bristol Public Engagement Award
- Radical Statistics Group Essay Prize
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