Debbie is an Associate Professor in Criminology and the current Director of Undergraduate Studies. 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, and is an Associate of the College of Policing. Alongside Professor Tracey Sagar, Debbie is Co-Director of the Consortium for Sexuality Studies and since 2008 Debbie has been researching regulation of the sex industry in partnership with Tracey. Their projects have included ‘Sex Work Research Wales’; ‘Community Perceptions of Sex Work’; ‘Sex Work and Substance Misuse’ and ‘The Student Sex Work Project’.
Debbie sits on several external advisory boards including Cardiff Sex Work Forum and was a founding member of the All Wales Sex Work Safety Group. More recently, Debbie has turned her attention to the role of Higher Education in facilitating desistance from offending. She is currently an external evaluator for a Lottery funded project – The Include Hub – and is Co-PI on a research project funded by the Society of Research into Higher Education. In conducting research, Debbie has focused on developing methodologies that are both inclusive and creative and has endeavoured to make academic research accessible to the community through a series of public education activities.