My work centres on the relationships between law, discretionary decision-making and justice. The use of discretion is both essential and problematic to the principles of the Rule of Law. My work explores these issues – both in principle and through empirical observation. Most of my empirical work has been conducted in the context of criminal legal processes and criminal justice.
As well as contributing to academic knowledge, my work aims to inform policy and practice, and indeed broader public discourse. For example, I have addressed and advised legislatures, judiciaries, governments and non-governmental bodies around the world, and assist the media.
I teach undergraduates as well as postgraduates on the Master’s in Criminal Justice and Penal Change. I also supervise several doctoral students.
- Ritual Individualisation and Emotion Work at Sentencing and Conviction - Invited Speaker
- Reducing the Use of Imprisonment in Sentencing & Penal Decision-Making
- Restorative Practices: Foundational Skills - Intensive CPD Course
- Academic Course Director - Restorative Practices: Intensive Skills CPD Course
- Ritual Individualisation in the Criminal Process - Invited Speaker
- From Custody to Community: Community Justice Scotland Conference
more professional activities
- Using big data analytics and genetic algorithms to predict street crime
- Bellingham, Richard (Principal Investigator) Andonovic, Ivan (Co-investigator) Fedorov, Maxim (Co-investigator) Quigley, John (Co-investigator) Rogerson, Robert (Co-investigator) Tata, Cyrus (Co-investigator)
- Period 01-Jun-2013 - 30-May-2015