Teaching under-graduate criminology students.
Preparing lecture and seminar teaching materials.
I studied criminology at Sheffield Hallam and graduated in 2007. From 2007-9 I attended the University of Manchester to study part-time for a Masters degree (MRes) in socio-legal and criminological research methods. During the period 2008-11 I was employed as a research assistance on a Nuffield funded research project that investigated medical-negligence claims. I also worked part-time for King's College London, investigating young people's pyscho-social function in young offender institutions. In 2009 I also began teaching criminology at SHU, as an associate lecturer, in addition, in a similar role I also taught at Leeds Metropolitan University.
In 2011 I won an ESRC scholarship to study for a PhD in criminology, focusing my doctoral research on desistance from criminality and recovery from alcoholism amongst a long-term abstinent cohort of members of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Research methods Drugs and alcohol
Department Of Law and Criminology
Social Sciences and Humanities
Research under taken in related fields of addiction and desistance.
Best, D., Irving, J., Collinson, B., Andersson, C., & Edwards, M. (2017). Recovery networks and community connections: identifying connection needs and community linkage opportunities in early recovery populations. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 35 (1), 2-15. http://doi.org/10.1080/07347324.2016.1256718
Best, D., Irving, J., & Albertson, K. (2017). Recovery and desistance : what the emerging recovery movement in the alcohol and drug area can learn from models of desistance from offending. Addiction Theory and Research, 25 (1), 1-10. http://doi.org/10.1080/16066359.2016.1185661
Andersson, C., Best, D., Irving, J., Edwards, M., Banks, J., Mama-Rudd, A., & Hamer, R. (2018). Understanding recovery from a family perspective: a survey of life in recovery for families. Sheffield Hallam University for Alcohol Research UK.
Member of Sheffield Addiction and Recovery Research Group (SARRG)
Trustee board member for Ben's Centre, a Third Sector organisation that supports Sheffield's street drinkers.