• BEd (Hons) Primary Education, University of Lancaster, 1987
• MA Crime, Deviance and Social Policy (Distinction), University of Lancaster, 1990 [Thesis: New Women, Old Myths: The Illusions of ‘Post-Feminism’] • PhD, Queen’s University Belfast, 2014 [Thesis: Critical Analysis of Rights-Based Approaches to Children ‘At Risk of Offending’ in Northern Ireland]


• Primary School Teacher, Lancashire, England (1987-1993)
• Lecturer/ Senior Lecturer in Education, Edge Hill University, Lancashire, England (1993-2000): under- and post-graduate teaching; Head of Research co-ordinating the School of Education ‘Research Assessment Exercise’ submission to higher education funding councils
• Principal Officer for Research and Development, Barnardo’s, NW England and Northern Ireland (2000-2006)
• Independent Research and Policy Consultant, Northern Ireland (2006-present): research and consultations; publications and presentations

Cross-disciplinary teaching on under- and post-graduate courses has included:
• Visiting Lecturer on DChild and Masters Programme in Criminology/ Criminal Justice, QUB (2010-2016)
• Part-time Tutor on MSc Youth Justice in School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, QUB (2015, 2016) and on Masters Programme in Criminology/ Criminal Justice in School of Law, QUB (2017)