My research specialism is information rights: both the commercial and fundamental rights aspects of privacy and data protection particularly in the context of technology e.g. big data, biometrics, cloud computing and social media, and also Freedom of Information, as an aspect of public law.
I am a member of the Executive Committee of BILETA (British & Irish Law, Education & Technology Association) and the IT editor for the European Journal of Current Legal Interests (EJoCLI).
Prior to joining UEA, I held a Lectureship at the University of Salford and was employed as a Teaching Assistant at the University of Manchester and a Research Assistant at Queen’s University, Belfast. Prior to entering academia, I qualified and practised Law as a Solicitor in Northern Ireland.
I hold both a PhD and MSc in Social Research Methods & Statistics from the University of Manchester, and a PG Cert. in Higher Education Practice & Research from the University of Salford, as well as an LLB (Hons) in Law, a Master of Laws, and a PG Certificate in Professional Legal Studies (Solicitor), from Queen’s University, Belfast. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.