My research is broadly around the areas of prisons, women prisoners and desistance. My work takes a critical, feminist and abolitionist stance and is concerned with the harms of imprisonment and its detrimental impact on desistance. Current work examines forms of resistance and coping strategies for women prisoners and the impact of mega prisons and prison expansion. I am also developing a 'critical desistance' approach to the analysis of post custody experiences. I am involved in a joint project theorising the resistance strategies utilised by a variety of campaigns in resisting the increasingly punitive state. I also have an interest in feminist research methods and critical social theory.
I took up my post as Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Liverpool in September 2017. I previously held lectureships at Lancaster University and Liverpool Hope University. I completed my PhD at the University of Leeds in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy (ESRC 1+3). I also hold an MSc Social Research (University of Leeds), MA Sociology (London School of Economics and Political Science), BA Sociology with Politics (London Metropolitan University) and a PGCE in Social Science (Institute of Education, University of London).