After leaving school at 16 and spending 5 years working in various jobs (and a few periods of unemployment) I went to Derwentside College in Consett to study for a Higher Education Foundation Course (an access course). From there I went to the University of Durham and graduated in 1997 with a BA in Sociology and Social Policy. I stayed in Durham to complete an MA and then obtained a PhD from the University of Newcastle in 2002. I worked in the School of Applied Social Sciences at the University of Durham from 2002, and from 2006 I was Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Surrey. I moved to York in 2012 where I am Anniversary Reader in Sociology.
My current research is concerned with a number of broad questions about the relationship between law, human rights, sexual orientation and intimacy. I have a general interest in the role and purpose of law in promoting (and protecting) particular kinds of sexuality and human relationships. My recent publications have focused on aspects of law and social control in the jurisdictions of England and Wales, Australia and the Council of Europe.
I am currently:
I run the ECHR Sexual Orientation Blog
Articles in peer-reviewed journals
In 2012/13 I will be convening and teaching the following modules:
The Sociology of Crime and Deviance
Crime, Gender and Sexuality
I also teach on the following modules:
Crime, Culture and Social Change