After completing my MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice at University College Dublin (UCD), I went on to become a PhD candidate there and my PhD research is investigating reasons why people reoffend or persist with crime.

I commenced work at the University of Portsmouth in 2018 as a Teaching Fellow at the University of Portsmouth and prior to that I spent two years working as a Teaching Assistant in the school of Sociology at UCD. Since 2020, I have worked as a Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Criminology Justice at the University of Portsmouth.

Research Interests


  • My ongoing PhD research is examining reasons why people return to or continue to persist with crime.
  • I am interested in the offending process, desistance, prisons and rehabilitation.




Teaching Responsibilities


  • Module coordinator for Contemporary Criminologies (Level 6) and Criminal Justice (Level 4).
  • Teaching member of team taught modules across the courses offered by ICJS.
  • Dissertation supervisor to undergraduate and postgraduate students.
  • Personal tutor to both undergraduate and postgraduate students.