Former Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Arts, Business and Applied Social Science) at University of Suffolk
I am Professor of Social Research at London Metropolitan University where I am also Director of the Centre for Social and Evaluation Research. I am also the Southern Chair of the British Society Criminology. I am a specialist in youth crime gang and weapon related violence and have in this capacity advised the Prime Minister, government ministers, ACPO, the Metropolitan Police Service and London Councils (among many others). My current research includes writing a book on the UKs transition from a welfare towards a security state; examining why the UKs prison population has been rising and completing an investigation into the role allegedly played by gangs in the recent riots for the Runnymede Trust. I have written extensively on urban violence and undertaken considerable research into these issues in the last 15 years.
Former Cabinet Minister, Journalist & Historian
MP & Former Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries
Chair of Cognitive NeuroImaging
Chief Corporate Officer, ScottishPower
Chairman, UN Association of the UK