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Prior to entering academia Philip began his career working as a criminologist in the field holding the following posts:

  • Specialist Crime Team Manager – Kirklees Safer Communities Partnership, West Yorkshire, UK, (May 2004 –December 2006).
  • Community Safety Research Manager – Bolton Safer Communities Partnership, Greater Manchester, UK. (January 2003 – May 2004).
  • Senior Policy Officer (Crime Prevention/Reduction) –Oldham Safer Communities Partnership, Greater Manchester, UK. (October 2001 – January 2003).
  • Through Care Worker – HM Prison Manchester, Greater Manchester, UK. (December 2000 – October 2001).
  • Through Care Worker – HM Young Offenders Institution Lancaster Farms, Lancashire, UK. (July 1998 – December 2000).

Philip entered academia in January 2007 and has held academic positions at the University of Huddersfield, UK (2007-2009), the University of New South Wales (2009-2012) and the University of Western Sydney (2012-2017).  Since then, Philip’s teaching has been recognised by the Australian College of Educators in which he won a World Teaching Day Award (2019) for outstanding contribution to education.

His research is also well received both nationally and internationally. Philip’s interests centre on his practice background and focus on two overarching areas:

Criminal and Community Justice Policy and Practice

  • Police, Probation and Parole Policy and Practice;
  • Assessment, Treatment and Management of Offenders;
  • Gender and sexuality inclusive Domestic and Family Violence (DFV)/Inter-partner Violence (IPV)

Sex and Deviancy Studies

  • Sex Work, Sex Workers and Procurement;
  • LGBTI Criminality and Deviancy.

Since 2007, he has secured over $860,000 in research funding/grants, including an ARC Linkage grant, which has addressed a variety of themes within his areas of expertise. Philip has also presented his work at conferences both domestic and international, including invited papers and keynotes.  In 2019, Philip was invited to be a member of the Australian delegation to the United Nations, Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)  which included the delivery of a plenary session at the 28th session of the CCPCJ in Vienna, Austria.  Philip has also won a Literati Award for his published work.

Throughout his academic career, Philip has been involved in the supervision of Honours, Masters by Coursework, Masters by Research and PhD students in the field of Criminology, Criminal Justice and Policing, with several completions to date.

Philip is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and holds an honorary research fellowship in the School of Psychology (Forensic Centre), University of Central Lancashire, UK, as well as a Professorial Associate in the Ashworth Research Centre, Ashworth High Secure Forensic Mental Health Hospital, National Health Services, UK.  Philip was the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice (2014-2017).  Currently he is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of  Abuse: An International Impact Journal (2020-Present) and editor-in-chief of Salus: An international journal for law enforcement and public safety (2018-Present).  Philip sits on the editorial board for the Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research (2009-Present).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Social Policy (Crime and Justice), Bachelor of Social Science (Hons)


Postgraduate Certificate (Social Science Research Methods), The Open University

Postgraduate Diploma (Social Science), The Open University

Master of Science (Social and Criminological Research Methods), The Open University

Postgraduate Certificate (Higher Education Practice), The University of Huddersfield

Doctor of Philosophy (Criminology), The University of New South Wales


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