Institute of Criminal Justice Studies


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Dr Leah Fox

  • Qualifications: BSc (Hons) in Criminology, Criminal Justice and Judicial Studies (New York), MA (distinction) in Criminal Justice, Law and Policing (New York), MBA in Business Administration (Warwick), PhD (University of Portsmouth), Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer in Criminal Investigation, ICJS Lead on Global Engagement, and Study Abroad Coordinator
  • Address: St George's Building, 141 High Street, Portsmouth PO1 2HY
  • Telephone: 023 9284 3911
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  • Department: Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Leah is a Senior Lecturer in Criminal Investigation within the ICJS.

She was awarded a combined BSc (Hons)/MA (with distinction) degree by the City University of New York (USA), a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) by the University of Warwick (UK), and a PhD by the University of Portsmouth (UK) with research concerning parental deception in the child safeguarding context.

Before joining the ICJS, Leah was a child protection case manager in the United States, and prior to that, served as Operations Manager of the Independent Child Protection Investigation Service in Wales, thereby managing a team conducting child safeguarding enquiries in schools on behalf of the Welsh Government.

As well as teaching at the University of Portsmouth, Leah has been an adjunct lecturer with Fairleigh Dickinson University in USA, teaching Social Service Advocacy to undergraduate students.

As ICJS Lead on Global Engagement, Leah leads on the development of a coordinated departmental strategy for internationalisation and global engagement, including enhancing student participation in global engagement activities,  increasing International and EU student recruitment, promoting transnational education opportunities and improving the International student experience.

Additionally, in her role as Study Abroad Coordinator at the ICJS, Leah is responsible for selecting students for outward exchange mobility to partner institutions in Europe, North America and Asia and acting as a contact point for incoming exchange students with regards to academic matters. 

Teaching Responsibilities

Unit Coordinator for:

  • Managing Intelligence (postgraduate provision)
  • Managing Investigations (postgraduate provision)
  • Intelligence Analysis (undergraduate provision)

Leah teaches a range of core and optional units across postgraduate and undergraduate courses in Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Psychology. She is a dissertation supervisor and personal tutor for postgraduate and undergraduate students across all criminology programmes.


  • Intelligence
  • Child safeguarding
  • Youth justice
  • Deception
  • Multiagency working