Personal profile


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 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


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

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Research Output 2005 2017

  • 2 Chapter
  • 2 Article
  • 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
1 Citations

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

30 Citations

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
7 Citations

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
19 Citations

Synthesis over analysis: Towards an ontology for volume crime simulation

Birks, D. J., Donkin, S. & Wellsmith, M. 2008 Artificial Crime Analysis Systems: Using Computer Simulations and Geographic Information Systems. Liu, L. & Eck, J. (eds.). IGI Global, p. 160-192 33 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Computer simulation