The Observatory aims to bring together Swansea University staff working on various issues that intersect with drug policy.

Dr Alan Collins

Dr Alan Collins joined the Political and Cultural Studies Department at Swansea University in 1999 and is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations. Prior to this he was a British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth where he also completed his PhD. His specialist subjects include Strategic studies, Security studies and Southeast Asia. He has published extensively on Southeast Asian security and ASEAN in particular. He is the author of four monographs and his latest isBuilding a People-Oriented Security Community the ASEAN Way with Routledge. He has also published articles in Asian SurveyInternational Relations of the Asia Pacific, and Contemporary Southeast Asia. He is also the editor of Contemporary Security Studies, a leading textbook on international security now in its third edition published by Oxford University Press.

His recent publications include:

  • Collins, A. (2013) Building a People-Oriented Security Community the ASEAN Way (Routledge)
  • Collins, A. (2013) ‘Norm diffusion and ASEAN's adoption and adaption of global HIV/AIDS norms,International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, 13/3 (September)
  • Collins, A. (2011) ‘Non-traditional security’, in Mark Beeson and Richard Stubbs (eds) Handbook of Asian Regionalism (London: Routledge), pp. 313-324.

Dr Krijn Peters

Dr Krijn Peters joined the Political and Cultural Studies Department in  2010 having been a lecturer at the Centre for Development Studies, Swansea University since 2005. He obtained his PhD at Wageningen University, the Netherlands, undertaking an investigation into armed conflict and post-war reintegration trajectories of youthful ex-combatants in Sierra Leone. His current research focuses on armed conflict and post-war reconstruction in Africa; on corporate social responsibility and human rights violations of transnational corporations active in Sub Saharan Africa, and on drug trafficking in West Africa.  He has provided consultancy services for a number of international organisations, including the World Bank, Plan International and the Institute for Security Studies. In 2010 he was appointed as Visiting Fellow International Crimes and Criminology at the Department of Criminal Law and Criminology, VU University, Amsterdam. In 2012 he was a Research Fellow at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping and Training Centre in Ghana, and conducted research on drug trafficking in the region.

Recent publications include:

  • PETERS, K. 2012 ‘Youth, Wars and Violence in West Africa’. In History Compass Vol. 10 (12) pp 879- 888
  • PETERS, K. 2011. “The Crisis of Youth in Post-war Sierra Leone. Problem solved?” in Africa Today, Special Issue: Everyday lives in Post-war Sierra Leone. eds. Shepler, S. & Ibrahim, I. Vol 58 (2).  Pp. 128-153
  • KUNKELER, J. & PETERS, K. (2011) “The Boys are coming to Town. Youth, armed conflict and urban violence in developing countries” for International Journal of Conflict and Violence Special Issue: youth violence – international and historical perspectives Vol. 5(2) pp. 277-291
  • PETERS, K. 2011. War and the Crisis of Youth in Sierra Leone. International African Institute Library Series, Cambridge University Press. pp. 274
  • PETERS, K. 2010. Local communities, militias and rebel movements; the case of the RUF in Sierra Leone. In Militias, Rebels and Islamist Militants –Human Insecurity and State Crises in Africa. eds. Okumu, W. & Ikelegbe, A. Institute for Security Studies, South Africa. pp. 389-415.
  • DUPUY, K & PETERS, K. 2009. War and Children Praeger Security International, Greenwood Publishing Group, US. pp. 204

Mrs Deborah Jones

Prior to joining the Centre for Criminal Justice and Criminology in September 2008 Debbie had been a Police Officer with the Metropolitan Police for sixteen years where she specialised in the investigation of major crimes such as sexual offences, murder and child abuse. 

Debbie is currently project manager on The Student Sex Work Project and a researcher on the Sex Work Research Wales Project In the recent past, Debbie has worked closely with Dr Tracey Sagar on a number of other projects related to prostitution in Wales. She is also undertaking a PhD into multi - agency responses to street sex work in Wales. Debbie is also interested in teaching and learning in Higher Education and contributes to the teaching and learning on the Criminology degree schemes. 

Professor Tracey Sagar

Dr Tracey Sagar is an Associate Professor of Criminology at the Centre for Criminal Justice and Criminology, Swansea University. Over the last fifteen years her work has focused on the regulation of sex work in the United Kingdom (UK). In more recent years she has worked with Debbie Jones at Swansea University and external partners to provide an evidential base to further policy development and practice at the local and national level in Wales. Thus far collaborative research has provided important data on street based sex work and violence in the city of Cardiff, it has located the service provision needs of off street sex workers in Cardiff, and it has critically examined the perceptions of Cardiff and Swansea residents on sex work and policy development. At the national level, as Principal Investigator on the 'Sex Work Research Wales' project (with Debbie Jones and Gibran UK) Tracey has mapped sex work across Wales, considered sex work in Wales as a policing priority and as a contested community issue, and carried out an examination of local responses to the sex markets across the 22 local authority areas of Wales. Most recently, Tracey and Debbie have collaborated with the National Union of Students in Wales, the National Health Service, Terrence Higgins Trust and the University of South Wales to carry out research and implement innovative services for student sex workers in the UK. Tracey is Principal Investigator on the 'Student Sex Work Project'wMailScanner has detected a possible fraud attempt from "" claiming to be , Academic Advisor to the Cardiff Sex Work Forum, member of the Wales Strategic Sex Work Group, and Co-Director of the Innovative Sexuality Studies Consortium which is situated in the Research Institute of Applied Social Sciences at Swansea University.

Professor Kevin Haines

Kevin Haines is Professor of Criminology and Youth Justice, Director of the Centre for Criminal Justice and Criminology at Swansea University, Deputy Director of the Research Institute for Applied Social Sciences at Swansea, Co-ordinator of the Youth Crime and Social Justice network of the Welsh Centre for Crime and Social Justice. He is also a member of the European Council for Juvenile Justice, the Welsh Youth Justice Advisory Panel, YJB Cymru's Practice Development Panel the YJB's Classification Panel and the Howard League's Research Advisory Group .

Kevin's research has focused on putting the child back into youth justice. This can be traced back to his book (with Mark Drakeford) 'Young People and Youth Justice' (1998), through 'Understanding Youth Offending: Risk Factor Research, Policy and Practice' (2009 with Stephen Case), to his current book (with Stephen Case) 'Positive Youth Justice: Children First, Offenders Second' and over 40 related articles and book chapters.

He was a joint winner (with S. Case, shared with Professors Leslie McAra and Susan McVie, Edinburgh University) of the Howard League's Research Medal in 2013 for his work on the Bureau model of diversion from the youth justice system, now adopted across Wales.