Institute of Criminal Justice Studies


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Dr Alison Wakefield

  • Qualifications: B.A. (Hull), M.Phil Ph.D (Cambridge), FSyI
  • Role Title: Course Leader – BSc (Hons) Risk and Security Management (DL)
  • Address: St George's Building, 141 High Street, Portsmouth PO1 2HY
  • Telephone: 023 9284 3942
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  • Department: Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Dr Alison Wakefield is Senior Lecturer in Security Risk Management at the University, where she is course leader of the BSc Risk and Security Management and the Professional Doctorate in Security Risk Management.

Alison also serves in a voluntary capacity as Vice Chairman of the Security Institute, the UK's main member association for security professionals with over 2000 members, and she is a Fellow of the Institute. In 2010-11 she chaired an Institute working party that devised the pathways to becoming a Chartered Security Professional, and now serves as Academic Adviser to the Chartered Security Professionals Registration Authority.

Among Alison’s publications, she has authored Selling Security: The Private Policing of Public Space (Willan Publishing, 2003), which was shortlisted for the British Society of Criminology Book Prize 2003; and she is editor of The Sage Dictionary of Policing with Jenny Fleming (Sage, 2009) and Ethical and Social Perspectives on Situational Crime Prevention with Andrew von Hirsch and David Garland (Hart Publishing, 2000). Alison currently serves on the editorial boards of Security Journal and the Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice.

Prior to joining the University of Portsmouth in January 2010, Alison taught at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. She has previously lectured at City University London and the University of Leicester, and worked for PriceWaterhouseCoopers as a management consultant. Alison was also Executive Secretary of the British Society of Criminology from 2004 to 2008.


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