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I am a sociologist and writer working at the University of Bristol as a Reader in Sociology and Law. I have drawn from the social thought of Michel Foucault and Zygmunt Bauman and the zemiological approach in my research and written extensively on “miscarriages of justice” and the wrongful conviction and imprisonment of the innocent.

I am the author or editor of four books: The Innocent and the Criminal Justice System (2013); Claims of Innocence: An introduction to wrongful convictions and how they might be challenged(2011); The Criminal Cases Review Commission: Hope for the Innocent? (Editor, 2009); and, Rethinking Miscarriages of Justice: Beyond the tip of the iceberg (2007).

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 impact of my research, I have been invited 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.

I have also given more than 40 invited presentations on issues relating to my academic research to public, professional and third sector conferences.

I have appeared or been cited over a hundred times in the media 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. I have also been interviewed for newspapers and appeared on television 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:

  • Bristol Law Society Annual Pro Bono Award – Winner [2012]
  • Attorney General’s Pro Bono Awards – Highly Commended [2007]
  • University of Bristol Public Engagement Award – Winner [2007]
  • Michael Young Prize – Runner-Up [2006]
  • Radical Statistics Group Critical Essay Prize – Runner-up [2002]

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Important note: As this is my personal website, any and all views expressed here are mine and do not represent those of my employer.