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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.
I am currently a member of the Institute for Research in Citizenship and Applied Human Sciences and the Applied Criminology Centre.
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.
Flynn, M. and Hall, M. (2017) ‘The Case For A Victimology of Nonhuman Animal Harms’ Contemporary Justice Review , 20 (3), pp. 299-318. ISSN 1028-2580
Wellsmith, M (2012) ‘Preventing wildlife crime’ Criminal Justice Matters , 90 (1), pp. 18-19. ISSN 0962-7251
Wellsmith, M (2011) ‘Wildlife crime : The problems of enforcement’ European 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 Homel’ Crime 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 scheme’ International 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 experience’ Security Journal , 19 (1), pp. 22-32. ISSN 0955-1662
Wellsmith, M. and Burrell, A. (2005) ‘The influence of purchase price and ownership levels on theft targets: the example of domestic burglary’ British Journal of Criminology , 45 (5), pp. 741-764. ISSN 0007-0955
Wellsmith, M. and Guille, H. (2005) ‘Fixed penalty notices as a means of offender selection’ International Journal of Police Science & Management , 7 (1), pp. 36-43. ISSN 1478-1603
Course Leader for the BSc (Hons) Criminology.
Module Leader for:
Deputy Director of the University of Huddersfield Crime and Policing Group.