Prior to joining Middlesex, I worked as a researcher in the Home Office Research and Planning Unit and was involved in two major studies on refugee settlement in Britain. Since then, my research has focused on the following areas: the interface between drugs and criminal justice policy; drugs and alcohol policy in prisons; the shifts in the ideologies, discourses, and practices of drug treatment professionals; the relationship between research and policy; harm reduction in prisons; the shift towards 'recovery' in drugs policy and practice; and stakeholders in addictions policy. I have conducted research for the Home Office, Department of Health, former Central Drugs Co-ordination Unit (Cabinet Office), and the Royal Society of the Arts. I am currently co-leading a Work Package on stakeholder analyses in the drugs and alcohol field (EU FP7 funded project) which involves six European countries including Denmark, Finland, Italy, Poland, Austria and the UK. I am also one of the Editors-in-Chief of the peer reviewed journal: Drugs: education, prevention and policy.
My main areas of teaching are in the areas of drugs and criminal justice. I am the Programme Leader for the MA Comparative Drug and Alcohol Studies and Module Leader for CRM 4740 Drugs, Crime and Criminology (Distance Learning) and CRM 3520 Drugs, Crime and Criminal Justice. I supervise a number of undergraduate dissertation students and MPhil/PhD students across a range of topics. I am also the doctoral programme co-ordinator for Criminology and Sociology MPhil/PhD students.
Refereed journal articles
Chapters in edited collections
Current areas of work:
The interface between drugs, alcohol and criminal justice policy; drug and alcohol policy in prisons; shifts in the ideologies, discourses, and practices of drug treatment professionals; harm reduction in prisons; personalisation and drug treatment; recovery and criminal justice; evidence-based policy-making; implementation of drugs and alcohol policy at local level; stakeholder analysis in addictions policy (EU funded FP7 project 2011-2016: ALICE-RAP: Addictions Lifestyles in Contemporary Europe: Reframing Addictions Project, Work Package on Stakeholder Analysis http://www.alicerap.eu).