I am Professor of Design at Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design and the Director of the award-winning Design Against Crime Research Centre (DACRC), which I founded in 1999. I am regarded as an expert in the way I have addressed social issues through actual design practice by interpreting offender techniques and delivering design against crime interventions. I have contributed to building both operational and innovative capacity of designers in the national and international context by developing socially responsive design methods that give agency to designers who wish to address real world issues via ‘socially responsive design’. I have co-catalyzed and/or curated at least twenty national and international exhibitions, delivered design benchmarks and design resources and papers that advise others how best to design against crime, some co authored with colleagues from the Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science at University College London with whom we have developed several research projects.
From 2007 to 2011 I was appointed as a business advisor and member of the Home Office/Design Council’s ‘Design Technology Alliance’ whose outputs can be found here: http://www.designcouncil.org.uk/our-work/challenges/security/design-out-crime/the-alliance/. Since 2002 I have also served as Vice Chair of the professional body, the Designing Out Crime Association (DOCA). Additionally, I am visiting professor at the University of Technology Sydney, where I have advised the Asst Attorney General of New South Wales regarding the setting up of the Designing Out Crime Research Centre, and regularly visited Sydney (with Adam Thorpe) between 2009-2012 to contribute to live action research projects . I have also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Design Academy, Seoul, who hosted a keynote presentation by myself and Adam Thorpe in November 2012 and with whom DACRC are developing a research relationship.