Melanie Flynn

Senior Lecturer, Criminology | 01484 473068


I joined the University of Huddersfield as a senior lecturer in February 2007 and since then have completed a PGDip in Higher Education Practice. Prior to this I studied Law at the University of Derby, followed by an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Loughborough University. During this time I worked as a Special Constable (volunteer police officer) and then a door supervisor at a night club. After graduating I moved to Sussex where I worked for three years as a crime analyst before joining the UCL Jill Dando Institute Crime Science Lab (in Birmingham) where I worked from November 2002 to February 2007 as a research fellow. During 2006 I also worked as an associate lecturer in criminology at the University of Derby. I continue at UCL as a part-time PhD student.

Research & Scholarship

University research group memberships

I am currently a member of the Institute for Research in Citizenship and Applied Human Sciences and the Applied Criminology Centre.

Research interests

Environmental criminology and opportunity theories, situational crime prevention and the links between crime and the design of premises and everyday practices. Outside these fields; criminal law and defences, ‘green’ criminology (particularly harms against animals), policing practices and crime analysis.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Flynn, M (2017) Sentencing Wildlife Trade Offences in England and Wales: Consistency, Appropriateness and the Role of Sentencing Guidelines World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

Flynn, M. and Hall, M. (2017) ‘The Case For A Victimology of Nonhuman Animal HarmsContemporary Justice Review , 20 (3), pp. 299-318. ISSN 1028-2580


Wellsmith, M (2012) ‘Preventing wildlife crimeCriminal Justice Matters , 90 (1), pp. 18-19. ISSN 0962-7251


Wellsmith, M (2011) ‘Wildlife crime : The problems of enforcementEuropean Journal on Criminal Policy and Research , 17 (2), pp. 125-148. ISSN 0928-1371


Wellsmith, M (2010) ‘The applicability of crime prevention to problems of environmental harm: a consideration of illicit trade in endangered species’. In: Global Environmental Harm: Criminological Perspectives. : Willan Publishing. pp. 132-149. ISBN 9781843927976


Wellsmith, M (2009) ‘Book review : Raising the bar: Preventing aggression in and around bars, pubs and clubs. Authors :Kathryn Graham and Ross HomelCrime Prevention and Community Safety: An International Journal , 11 (3), pp. 235-237. ISSN 1460-3780


Birks, D., Donkin, S. and Wellsmith, M. (2008) ‘Synthesis over analysis : towards an ontology for volume crime simulation’. In: Artificial Crime Analysis Systems: Using Computer Simulations and Geographic Information Systems. : IGI Global snippet. pp. 160-192. ISBN 9781599045917

Wellsmith, M. and Birks, D. (2008) ‘Research on target: A collaboration between researchers and practitioners for a target hardening schemeInternational Review of Law, Computers and Technology , 22 (1), pp. 181-189. ISSN 1360-0869


Wellsmith, M., Birks, D. and Donkin, S. (2007) Applying the concept of risky facilities to problems of violence in the night-time economy London: UCL Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science


Donkin, S. and Wellsmith, M. (2006) ‘Cars stolen in burglaries: the Sandwell experienceSecurity Journal , 19 (1), pp. 22-32. ISSN 0955-1662


Wellsmith, M. and Guille, H. (2005) ‘Fixed penalty notices as a means of offender selectionInternational Journal of Police Science & Management , 7 (1), pp. 36-43. ISSN 1478-1603

Wellsmith, M. and Burrell, A. (2005) ‘The influence of purchase price and ownership levels on theft targets: the example of domestic burglaryBritish Journal of Criminology , 45 (5), pp. 741-764. ISSN 0007-0955

Research Degree Supervision

  1. Wildlife crime: applying conventional or ‘green’ (ecological justice) criminology to harms against animals, including endangered species and issues of biodiversity.
  2. Crime and place: geographical concentrations, place and opportunity-based explanations for crime patterns.
  3. Situational crime prevention and designing out crime: theories and evaluations relating to crime reduction through altering the design of buildings, goods, services and routine practices.
  4. Crime analysis and policing: theoretical underpinnings, practices and roles, evaluations, training, relationships between enforcement organisations, crime reduction partnerships, etc.
  5. Socio-legal research: the relationship between criminal law and criminology (possible multi-disciplinary joint supervision).

Administrative Responsibilities

Course Leader for the BSc (Hons) Criminology.

Teaching and Professional Activities

Module Leader for:

  • HFB2003 Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice.
  • HHD1002 Contemporary and Comparative Criminology.

Deputy Director of the University of Huddersfield Crime and Policing Group.