I am a part-time lecturer in criminology at Edinburgh Napier, where I have been since December 2012. I was on secondment to the Scottish Prison Service for two years until autumn 2018. I am also a Board member for Howard League Scotland. Before beginning at Napier I worked with the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (University of Glasgow) on a project examining the policing and security of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014. My education was at the University of Edinburgh. I studies for my BA (hons) in sociology and social policy at the University of Edinburgh, and received the James Clerke Memorial prize for best social policy dissertation on the topic of introducing restorative justice practices in Scottish criminal justice. I continued onto the MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice, where my dissertation examined the history of rehabilitation in Scottish prisons. My PhD examined the effects of devolution on Scottish criminal justice, drawing on theoretical frameworks from social and political sciences and interviews from criminal justice policy-makers and practitioners.