I completed my degree in Criminology at the University of Lancaster and MSc in Research Methods and Statistics as well as my ESRC funded PhD at the University of Manchester. My PhD was on the development of drinking patterns and violent behaviour amongst young people. I also held an internship in the Home Office’s Research and Analysis Unit during my PhD studies. Prior to embarking on my PhD, I held research positions in local government and worked as an Alcohol Researcher for the Centre for Public Health at Liverpool John Moores University. Since my PhD I have held academic posts at Liverpool John Moores University and the University of Leeds before joining the Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology in 2017.