I have a multi-disciplinary background, having studied Russian and French for my first degree (BA Hons. in Interpreting and Translating from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh); business administration for my masters (M.B.A. from University of Exeter with specialization in International Business); and Comparative Labour Studies/Sociology at PhD level (University of Warwick). I previously worked as a translator and upon completion of my doctoral research worked as a research consultant on various research projects in Russia, Georgia, and Romania. I joined GCU in December 2007, having been a Research Associate and then Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Leicester from 2001 till then.
Research interests in Crime and policing in Russia and the former Soviet Union, Police reform/the development of democratic policing in transition states, International criminal justice policy transfer, Policing young people, Student victimisation.
Member of the British Society of Criminology and Member of the European Society of Criminology.