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Book: Security & Crime, Covering Perspectives on a Complex World (Key Approaches to Criminology) by Alison Wakefield

In her book, Professor Wakefield studies the interdisciplinary analysis of contemporary security challenges and governance strategies, exploring multi-dimensions of policy and practice, including cyber, corporate and maritime, examining each domain and their common threads and deriving necessary methods to manage complex security risks.  

Alison Wakefield is Professor of Criminology and Security Studies at the University of West London, and Co-Director of UWL’s Cybersecurity and Criminology Centre, having joined the University in January 2020. She previously taught at the University of Portsmouth, the University of New South Wales in Sydney, City University London and the University of Leicester, and worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers as a consultant following her PhD at the University of Cambridge. Alongside her research interests, Alison is a specialist in doctoral, distance learning and security education.

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Alison’s recent honours and awards include being named one of SC Media UK’s 30 Women of Influence in Cyber Security 2021, winning (alongside her co-authors) the Emerald Outstanding Paper 2018 award for the paper ‘Confronting the “fraud bottleneck”’ in the Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice, ranking 3rd in the IFSEC Global Top 50 Most Influential People in Security and Fire 2020 (Association Figures/Academics/Thought Leaders category), and winning the Association of Security Consultants Imbert Associations Prize 2017 for her contribution to the security profession.

She is an Associate Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute, a Commissioner of the National Preparedness Commission, and Academic Adviser to the Chartered Security Professionals Registration Authority, having led the working group that devised the pathways to CSyP certification.  

She serves on the editorial boards of Security Journal, the Journal of Criminology, the Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice and the Internet Journal of Restorative Justice, and the advisory council for the International Security Expo run annually at Olympia. Alison is also a Chartered Security Professional and a Chair Emeritus, Board Adviser and Fellow of the Security Institute, having served as Chair from 2018 to 2020. She was Executive Secretary of the British Society of Criminology from 2004 to 2008.

Her research and publications include books such as The Sage Dictionary of Policing (Wakefield & Fleming, 2009), Selling Security: The Private Policing of Public Space (Wakefield, 2003) and Ethical and Social Perspectives on Situational Crime Prevention (von Hirsch, Garland & Wakefield, 2000) and various papers and chapters in books such as ‘Private policing: a view from the mall’ (Wakefield, 2008), ‘Carry on constable: the value of foot patrol’ (Wakefield, 2007), ‘The public surveillance functions of private security’ (Wakefield, 2004), ‘Conceptualising private policing’ (Wakefield, 2016) in M. Brunger, S. Tong and D. Martin (eds) Introduction to Policing Research: Taking Lessons from Practice, ‘Where next for the professionalisation of security?’ (Wakefield, 2014) in M. Gill (ed.) The Handbook of Security, and many more.

Contents of Security & Crime, Covering Perspectives on a Complex World

Chapter 1 Introduction: Navigating a complex world

Chapter 2 Securing the globe

Chapter 3 Regional security

Chapter 4 Securing the nation

Chapter 5 Securing communities

Chapter 6 Security and the individual

Chapter 7 Securing the internet

Chapter 8 Securing corporations

Chapter 9 Securing the seas

Chapter 10 Conclusion: Building a resilient future

“Objectively, security is the relative certainty that one is safe from certain threats, the level of threat is minimal, or the necessary precautions are in place to mitigate any discernible risks.”

Overall, the book has covered all aspects of security holistically applied to ever so changing, complex world, it is well researched and referenced with key terms and a full glossary.

This book is for anyone who wants to understand what security really means as a broader subject and, of course, for scholars, practitioners, people with security-focused jobs as well as students. 


Book: Security & Crime, Covering Perspectives on a Complex World (Key Approaches to Criminology) by Alison Wakefield

ISBN: 1412931010

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