I am a Teaching Fellow in Forensic Investigations within the Criminal Justice Studies (ICJS) since November 2019. I teach forensic investigations within the Criminology and Forensic studies team teaching L4- L7.
My research plans moving forward will be focussed on Maritime Terrorism - specifically cruise ships as soft targets.
I obtained my BSc (Hons) in Archaeological and Forensic Sciences at Bournemouth University in 2011. After leaving University, my job focus was aimed at supporting vulnerable individuals. I was a Project Coordinator with Victim Support for an Anti-Social Behaviour Project. I then became a Youth Worker for a few years supporting young people between the ages of 11-26 in a satellite base in Southampton. I also led the LGBTQ+ Breakout youth sessions.
I completed a distance-learning Masters in Politics of Conflict and Violence with the University of Leicester alongside my work. My thesis explored the gaps in security and cruise ships and was titled: 'How Proactive is the cruise shipping industry and the UK Government about the threat of maritime terrorism?'
It is in 2015 when I joined Hampshire Constabulary as a Counter-Terrorism Prevent Officer in Special Branch, supporting individuals from radicalisation. I then became a Crime Scene Investigator (CSI) within the Scientific Services Department and it is here that I learned the core skills of forensics that I teach. I specialise in both volume and major crime.
Key research areas are divided between both Forensics and Risk Management/Maritime Terrorism and include:
- Maritime security and maritime terrorism; specifically cruise ships as soft targets, use of drones onboard ships, and the inconsistencies of security management between passenger's vessels.
- The use of VR/AR as an effective application of VR in education and training
In forensic my research areas include:
- Forensic photography and ALS
- The use of VR in Crime Scene Investigation
- Forensic practitioner bias
In March 2021, I was awarded £9,500 as Principal Investigator through TRIF (Themes, R&I Funding) to utilise VR innovation focused on the project: Using a Virtual Reality (VR) package to provide interactive training for maritime crews in response to unpredictable terrorist/piracy attacks on cruise ships. I identified internal collaborators, resulting in a multi-disciplinary, research team from across the University of Portsmouth. These collaborations include members of staff from ICJS, Immersive and Creative Technologies and the Faculty of Business and Law.