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Academic Biography

I began my career in the 1990s, first as a PhD student and then a research assistant, at Liverpool University, examining the local provision of mental health, welfare and housing services for adult offenders who had previously been detained in HMP Liverpoool.

Over the last two decades my research has focused on exploring the relationships between marginalisation, inequality and crime. Key to this, has been an internationally recogniised body of scholarly work concerned with exploring the changing governance of professional regulation, particularly how highly skilled occupations such as medicine, nursing and law, respond when one of their group members commits a criminal offence.  This work has enabled me to make a contribution to public and academic understanding of how specialised forms of work can and do influence legal and public determinations of what is and is not in the 'public interest'.

My concern with social policy and criminological understanding around the key determinating role social ordering plays in shaping offender recividism rates, has of late led to a programme of research exploring the themes of digital inequalities, gene editing and neuroscience, and the emergence of machine learning and algorithmic forms of governance. As part of this I have examined the impact of disruptive digital technologies in transforming the criminal justice, healthcare and professional regulatory landscapes.

This work has been sponsored by the Wellcome trust, professional regulators such as the General Medical Council and the General Pharamcuetical Council, as well as members of the Welsh Assembly and House of Lords. It has involved the development of a regulatory chatbot, 'ROB', and a visualisation and geo-tagging focussed regulatory complaint analysis resource [http://healthcareregulations.swansea.ac.uk/chatbot]. An associated report on 'data prepardness' was published via the Wellcome in 2019. I am currently writing a monograph due to be published in 2021 entitled "Algorthmic Criminals and Digital Justice". I welcome PhD student enquires in this topic area in particular.


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