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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 was awarded a PhD in Criminology from UCL in 2018.


I was the course leader for the BSc (Hons) Criminology degree at the University Huddersfield from 2012-2018, when I became the course leader for our new programme in Criminology with Law. I teach across a variety of modules, including Contemporary and Comparative Criminology, Substance Misuse and Crime, Organised and International Crime, Crime Prevention, Evidence-based Policing and Crime Analysis. As a supervisor, I also have successful completions at both Masters and Doctoral levels.


My particular interests lie in the spatial (and temporal) concentrations of crime, the role of environment, routine activites and everyday practices in the development and exploitation of crime opportunities, and green criminology - particularly wildlife crime and other forms of harm to nonhuman animals.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Environmental criminology
  • Opportunity theories
  • Situational crime prevention
  • The links between crime and the design of premises and everyday practices
  • Criminal law and sentencing
  • ‘Green’ criminology (particularly harms against animals)
  • Policing practices
  • Crime analysis

Research Expertise and Interests

  • wildlife crime
  • green criminology
  • animal harm
  • crime analysis
  • Crime Prevention
  • spatial crime concentrations
  • risky facilities

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Research Output 2005 2017

  • 5 Article
  • 2 Chapter
  • 1 Commissioned report
  • 1 Review article

Sentencing Wildlife Trade Offences in England and Wales

Flynn, M., 30 Jan 2017, World Wildlife Fund (WWF). 155 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Open Access
5 Citations (Scopus)

The case for a victimology of nonhuman animal harms

Flynn, M. & Hall, M. D., 20 Jul 2017, In : Contemporary Justice Review. 20, 3, p. 299-318 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
56 Citations (Scopus)

Wildlife Crime: The Problems of Enforcement

Wellsmith, M., Jun 2011, In : European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research. 17, 2, p. 125-148 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

crime prevention
9 Citations (Scopus)

The applicability of crime prevention to problems of environmental harm: A consideration of illicit trade in endangered species

Wellsmith, M., 1 Mar 2010, Global Environmental Harm: Criminological Perspectives. White, R. (ed.). Taylor and Francis AS, p. 132-149 18 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

crime prevention
crime prevention
data access

Activities 2018 2019

  • 1 Membership of committee
  • 1 Invited talk

Those who do big bad things also do little bad things. Adopting the Self-Selection Policing Approach

Jason Roach (Speaker), Melanie Flynn (Speaker)
21 Sep 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Vegan Society (External organisation)

Melanie Flynn (Member)
2018 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

Press / Media

WWF Report: Mass Wildlife Loss Caused by Human Consumption

Melanie Flynn


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Wild Crimes

Melanie Flynn


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment