Institute of Criminal Justice Studies


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Dr Alison Wakefield

  • Qualifications: B.A. (Hull), M.Phil Ph.D (Cambridge), FSyI
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer in Security Risk Management, and Course Leader Doctorate in Security Risk Management
  • Address: St George's Building, 141 High Street, Portsmouth PO1 2HY
  • Telephone: 023 9284 3942
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  • Department: Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Dr Alison Wakefield is Senior Lecturer in Security Risk Management at the University, where she is course leader of the BSc Risk and Security Management and the Professional Doctorate in Security Risk Management.

Alongside her academic role, Alison serves in a voluntary capacity as Chairman of the Security Institute, the UK's main member association for security professionals with over 2,500 members, and she is a Fellow of the Institute. In 2010-11 she chaired a working party that devised the pathways to becoming a Chartered Security Professional, and she is  a member the Chartered Security Professionals Registration Authority. Alison is also a member of the advisory council for the International Security Expo, held at London Olympia every November.

Among Alison’s publications, she has authored Selling Security: The Private Policing of Public Space (Willan Publishing, 2003), which was shortlisted for the British Society of Criminology Book Prize 2003; and she is editor of The Sage Dictionary of Policing with Jenny Fleming (Sage, 2009) and Ethical and Social Perspectives on Situational Crime Prevention with Andrew von Hirsch and David Garland (Hart Publishing, 2000). Alison currently serves on the editorial boards of Security Journal and the Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice, and the international advisory board of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology.

Prior to joining the University of Portsmouth in January 2010, Alison taught at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. She has previously lectured at City University London and the University of Leicester, and worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers as a management consultant. Alison was also Executive Secretary of the British Society of Criminology from 2004 to 2008.



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