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Personal profile

Academic Biography

Ben is the Head of the Department of Criminology, Law and Policing at Teesside University, with responsibility for the strategic development of the portfolio. He leads a Department with diverse expertise, with particular strengths in Social Policy and Criminology research. The Department works closely with police forces, legal practitioners and the local community.

Ben holds a First Class Law Degree (LLB (Hons)) and a Ph.D in Counter-Terrorism and Public Law. He worked as a Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Head of Law at the University of Sunderland, holding the latter post for 5 years and overseeing a transformation in the legal curriculum, working closely with businesses and regional and national law firms.

Summary of Research Interests

  • Public Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • Counter-Terrorism Law

PhD and Research Opportunities

Ben supervises PhD candidates in his research area, which, read broadly, examines the intersection of public law and counter-terrorism. Ben has supervised Professional Doctorate and DBA students, including those of senior police officers. 

Applications from prospective PhD candidates are welcome.

External Roles and Professional Activities

Ben is a member of the Committee for the Heads of Law Schools and the Society of Legal Scholars.

He is a governor at a local school and a founding member of a Multi-Academy Trust.

Enterprise Interest and Activities

Ben has worked with businesses and law firms in order to share research and align the taught curriculum with employer needs, ensuring that students are well prepared for graduate-level employment after the completion of their studies. He has experience of working with Knowledge Transfer Partnerships in law and business.

Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities

Ben has over 12 years' teaching experience in Higher Education and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He has substantial experience of teaching Public Law, Human Rights Law and Counter-Terrorism Law at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.