Research Interests

My research interests focus on knife crime, community safety and public sector partnerships and groups.  My interests include

  • Youth crime
  • Knife crime
  • Community safety
  • Multi agency partnerships
  • Trust in multi agency partnerships 
  • Collaborative working
  • UK public sector policy 

Biography

I lecture in Politics, Leadership, the Brtish public sector, Strategic Management and manage student placements as part of my wider role.  Additionally, I lead four modues for the Masters in Public Administration (DL) and the Senior Leader Masters in Public Administration Degree Apprenticeship.  My background is in Local and National Government as a manager having had fifteen years in public service, during which time I taught at other universities in Sussex.  My research covers aspects of community safety and policing, with a special focus on knife crime.  I have published in this area and my paper "The London Killings of 2018: the story behind the numbers and some proposed solutions" has recently appeared in Crime Prevention and Community Safety. Having led and managed public sector partnerships in my career, I sustain my interest in multi agency partnerships and collaborative working, especially in relation to public safety.  My book chapter which deals with this theme, A time of Change: the expanding role of Police and Crime Commissioners in local criminal justice delivery. has recently appeared in Multi Agency Working in Criminal Justice (2019).  I am now looking at the role of multi agency partnerships in community safety in the US and in Britain.

During my career, I ran an EU project in Romania and Bulgaria, in partnership with the University of Macerata in Italy to bring partnership working training to the emerging democracies in Europe, and I retain a strong interest in partnerships and multi-agency groups in many countries.  I also worked with a West Sussex university to co-author the MA in Collaborative Working.  

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