I am a Teaching Fellow in Forensic Investigations within the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. I teach forensic investigations within the Criminology and Forensic studies team teaching L4- L7, and also teach in Criminology and Criminal Justice optional modules.
I am in the process of working towards my PhD, based on my prior publications, which focus on the use of Immersive technology (mainly XR/VR/AR) and maritime terrorism onboard Cruise ships/soft passenger vessels.
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.
Research and Teaching:
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
- The use of XR/VR/AR as an effective application of VR in education and training
- The risk of maritime terrorism from the use of drones (with its ever-changing/evolving legislation)
- The critical aspects of political violence and terrorism
In forensic my research areas include:
- Forensic photography and ALS
- The use of immersive technology in Crime Scene Investigation
- Forensic practitioner bias through immersive reconstruction
- Working towards A2CofC: A2 Certificate of Competence for RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems)
- Part of the AR/VR Working group
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.