Dr Alison Wakefield FSyI is Chairman of the Security Institute, the UK’s largest association of security professionals. She is also Senior Lecturer in Security Risk Management at the University of Portsmouth, where she runs the Professional Doctorate in Security Risk Management. Alison represents the Security Institute on the Chartered Security Professionals Registration Authority, and serves on the Advisory Councils for the International Security Expo and the International Disaster Response Expo run annually at Olympia.
Among Alison's publications, she has authored Selling Security: The Private Policing of Public Space (Willan Publishing, 2003), which was shortlisted for the British Society of Criminology Book Prize 2003; and she is editor of The Sage Dictionary of Policing with Jenny Fleming (Sage, 2009) and Ethical and Social Perspectives on Situational Crime Prevention with Andrew von Hirsch and David Garland (Hart Publishing, 2000). Alison currently serves on the editorial boards of Security Journal, the Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice and the Internet Journal of Restorative Justice, and the international advisory board of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology.
Prior to joining the University of Portsmouth in January 2010, Alison taught at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. She has previously lectured at City University London and the University of Leicester, and worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers as a management consultant. Alison was also Executive Secretary of the British Society of Criminology from 2004 to 2008.