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John is a Lecturer in Security and Risk Management, teaching across a range of modules at the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies. His previous employment experience within security and risk management roles stretched across aviation security in Africa and the UK private security sector. From a research perspective, John’s interest takes a broad interdisciplinary approach to security and risk management, focusing on corporate security phenomena and the future orientation of the private security sector.


John attained a BSc (Hons) in Computing and an MSc (Distinction) in Security Risk Management at the University of Portsmouth. Currently, John is undergoing a doctorate degree and his research study aims to ameliorate the professionalism of security personnel within the night-time economy.

John started his academic career as a part-time lecturer before joining the full-time teaching staff. As well as teaching and coordinating a range of modules within the department, John is also the course leader for the BSc (Hons) in Security and Risk Management.

Research Interests

John's research curiosity started whilst working in the aviation security sector. Over time, this developed into an avid interest in contributing to the improvement and progression of the UK private security sector. Embarking on this interest has led to the crossover of interdisciplinary research in the following areas;

  • Security Risk Management
  • Corporate Security Phenomenon 
    • Enterprise Security Risk Management 
    • Business Continuity Management and Crisis management.
  • Private Security Regulation.
  • Private Policing 
  • Cyber Security Awareness.

Teaching Responsibilities

I teach across various levels and assess the following modules:

  • Corporate Security.
  • Business Continuity and Crisis Management.
  • Global, State and Corporate Security.
  • Understanding Criminology.
  • Essential Skills for Criminologists.
  • Criminal Justice.
  • Key Issues in Criminal Justice.
  • Researching Criminology.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development 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 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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