3+ funding, it commenced in 2012 (Master’s of Philosophy + PhD in Psychology)
I have had a broad experience when it comes to work. I have spent most of my adult life working in Central London firstly as an Oil and Gas analyst at PricewaterhouseCoopers, subsequently as a Metropolitan police officer in Soho and Mayfair, then in psychiatric hospitals working with prisoners with enduring, chronic and acute mental health problems at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust and at Springfield University Hospital. More recently alongside my PhD I sit as a magistrate on the Central London Bench and on appeals in the Crown Court.
I examine the impact of early life and teenage interaction with agents of the law on life course criminal convictions and movement away from crime (desistance). I use data from the British Cohort Study 1970 to examine what are positive and negative influences on patterns of criminal behaviour in the first 34 years of an individual’s life. I use quantitative methodology, regression analysis, to understand what are the risks associated with family factors, such as sibling numbers, paternal presence whilst also including elements from the prenatal environment, social background, mother’s depression and the cohort members own early behavioural markers. My research indicates that very early life factors are significantly linked to later offending patterns.
With my supervisor, Ingrid Schoon, I won a DTC Collaborative Development Competition and extended our links with the The Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR), the national research institute dedicated to fundamental scientific research in the field of crime and law enforcement. With them, in particular Professor Catrien Bijleveld and Elanie Rodermond, we have worked on publications and entered competitions, most recently a Campbell Systematic Review competition although for this we were unfortunately unsuccessful.
The difference my research makes
My research makes a contribution to several different areas of research, particularly criminal behaviour and longitudinal research. I bring together ideas about early socialisation and legal socialisation in a unique way whilst also using a general population cohort to provide robust inference for where we should be using resources for early intervention strategies. I have collaborated on a publication with my supervisor, on crime involvement and family formation tracing the lives of young people who reported to be engaged in criminal activities by age 16 that is to be published in Advances in Lifecourse Research. I have presented nationally and internationally on my work. Finally, I have developed strong networks and am in touch with various Government departments with regards how to use my research for impacting policy.
Professor Ingrid Schoon and Professor Dick Wiggins