James is a VC2020 Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and module leader for the undergraduate year 1 course Research Equality & Diversity (CRIM1004) on the BA Criminology and Criminal Justice programme. James acts as Co-Programme Leader for the Community Justice programmes, including the Professional Qualification in Probation. James is a member of the Faculty of Health & Life Science Faculty Development And Review Committee (DARC); Undergraduate Admissions Tutor for the Division of Community and Criminal Justice; and the academic liaison for the Criminology with Psychology programme.
James joined the National Probation Service in 2001 as a Trainee Probation Officer in the Nottinghamshire area. During his training, and immediately following his qualification as a Probation Officer in 2003, James was seconded to Youth Offending Teams and spent over 2 years delivering the Intensive Supervision and Surveillance Programme (ISSP) to prolific and otherwise priority Young Offenders (PYOs). James has also worked in a variety of Courts and has experience of supervising adult offenders. In 2006 James was promoted to Senior Probation Officer of an inner city team in Nottingham, following which he moved to supervising a community supervision team in Newark and Sherwood, a rural district of Nottinghamshire. Consequently, James has been responsible for the delivery of all aspects of probation services, from Magistrates’ Court liaison to Unpaid Work. During his probation career, James worked closely with partner agencies, including the police, social care and community organisations to manage specific individuals identified as posing a significant risk of serious harm to the public. This included chairing multi-agency public protection meetings (MAPPA Level 2), and working with Bassetlaw, Newark and Sherwood Community Safety Partnership to develop probation involvement with local Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARAC).
In 2010 James took the difficult decision to leave his career with Nottinghamshire Probation Trust to pursue a long-held ambition of an academic career. Following the successful completion of a Master’s degree in research methods, with a special focus on public policy and management, James began studying full-time for his PhD. In 2016 he completed his thesis, titled ‘Instability in the social construction of victims of trafficking: A sociological case study of UK public policy’. This research explored the factors influencing street-level bureaucrats in the UK as they judge the credibility of individuals claiming to be a victim of human trafficking.
2015 also saw James join De Montfort University as a Lecturer in Probation, where his focus was delivering academic teaching as a part the Probation Qualifying Framework. In 2016, James transfered to the BA Criminology and Criminal Justice programme as a VC2020 Lecturer, which allows him to balance his teaching commitments with an equal focus on research activities.