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My work is informed by the central principle to work across theory, policy and practice, for the purposes of social and racial justice. This maps on to my experiences across academic, teaching and practice fields.

As an academic I have held lectureships at the University of Leeds, Kingston University and now Birkbeck, University of London. I have been awarded visiting fellowships at the University of New South Wales and University of Sydney.

My teaching experiences reflect my research, cutting across criminology, socio-legal studies, critical social policy, critical policy studies, sociology, housing studies and urban studies. I have developed programmes for policy-makers, practitioners and adult learners at access, undergraduate and postgraduate levels. My teaching practice is consistently recognised through University prizes for supervision and personal tutoring.

At Birkbeck I contribute to core criminology provision and convene two modules: Influencing Public Policy (PGT) and The Criminalisation of Welfare (UG). Across these modules students are introduced to critical and cultural approaches to governance, and the regulation and construction of social problems and ‘problem people’ through policy, legislation and institutional practices.

I have over a decade’s experience of editorial, learned society, committee and administrative activity. I am a member of the editorial collective for international peer-reviewed and high-impact journal Critical Social Policy. I have been twice elected to the Social Policy Association, most recently as Honorary Secretary. I am member of the Social Policy Association, White Spaces Network, British Sociological Association Psychosocial Studies Group, British Criminological Society Women, Crime and Criminal Justice Network, and Homeless Link. In my current academic role in the Department of Criminology, I convene the Criminology Research Group and work as Admissions Officer. I am also the Criminology Careers and Internships Coordinator, where I convene the Criminology Careers Events Series.

Prior to academic life I worked as a local government homelessness practitioner. I still work as a consultant, facilitator and trainer with practitioners operating at the intersections of homelessness and adult social care policy and practice. I am experienced in delivering ‘Communities of Practice’ (CoPs), which bring together practitioners with different priorities, to think and learn about a shared social problem in order to improve outcomes for the users of services. Sessions involve practitioners who work across statutory and non-statutory sectors, and front-line and strategic roles.