Debbie is an Associate Professor in Criminology and currently Director of Undergraduate Studies for Criminology. She is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Prior to beginning her academic career in 2008, Debbie was a police officer with the Metropolitan Police specialising in major crimes and child protection. Since 2008 Debbie has been researching regulation of the sex industry in partnership with Professor Tracey Sagar. Debbie brings unique vision to the study of sex work which has led to transformational understanding. Her cutting-edge methodologies formed the bedrock of several studies - ‘Sex Work Research Wales’ (SWRW), ‘Community Perceptions of Sex Work’ and ‘Sex Work and Substance Misuse’. As Co-PI on ‘The Student Sex Work Project’ (TSSWP), she designed the innovative methodology. Last year Debbie was awarded funding from Cherish De http://cherish-de.uk/ to explore the data set from TSSWP through data visualisation and mining techniques. Recently, in collaboration with Tracey Sagar and key external partners, she designed and delivered training to over 400 external delegates on understanding of sex work (funded by Welsh Government). She is also in the final stages of developing an online training package based on the findings of TSSWP.
Debbie is also academic advisory to Cardiff Sex Work Forum and one of the founding members of the All Wales Sex Work Group. Debbie is also a member of the Sex Work Research Hub at York University. Alongside of Tracey Sagar, Debbie is Co-Director of the Consortium for Sexuality Studies: Research Innovation and Practice at Swansea University.