Expert Biography

Alison Wakefield PhD CSyP FSyI is Professor of Criminology and Security Studies and Co-Director of the Cybersecurity and Criminology Centre at the University of West London. She is also an Associate Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute and was until recently Chair of the Security Institute, the UK’s largest member association for security professionals. Her other roles include Academic Adviser to the Chartered Security Professionals Registration Authority, and membership of the new National Preparedness Commission as well as a number of editorial boards and advisory councils, including those of Security Journal and the International Security and International Disaster Response Expos.

Alison’s recent honours and awards include ranking third in the thought leadership category of IFSEC Global’s Top Influencers in Security and Fire for 2020, featuring in IT Security Guru’s 25 Most Inspiring Women in Cyber 2020 and SC Media UK’s 50 Women of Influence in Cyber Security 2019, winning an Emerald Outstanding Paper 2018 award for the co-authored paper ‘Confronting the “fraud bottleneck”’ in the Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice, and receiving the Association of Security Consultants Imbert Prize 2017 for her contribution to the security profession.

Among her publications are the books Selling Security: The Private Policing of Public Space (Willan Publishing, 2003), The Sage Dictionary of Policing (Sage, 2009, edited with Jenny Fleming), and Ethical and Social Perspectives on Situational Crime Prevention (Hart Publishing, 2000, edited with Andrew von Hirsch and David Garland). Her latest book Security and Crime: Converging Perspectives on a Complex World is due for publication by Sage in June 2021.

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