I am an criminal justice researcher, with a background in policy-based research, using qualitative and quantitative methods. My main research interests include police powers, accountability and legitimacy, and railway policing. I’m also interested in policy-making processes more generally, including current debates on how policy and legislation is formulated around sex and gender identity.

I completed my doctoral research on police use of stop and search in 2014, and have since undertaken a range of academic projects, including research on children’s experiences of offending and victimization,  public confidence in Scottish policing and the devolution of railway policing. I have also undertaken independent projects for the Scottish Police Authority, Scottish Government, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) and the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland (CYPCS).

I also write as part of the policy analysis collective MurrayBlackburnMackenzie. Our work can be accessed here.