Elaine is an academic specialising in the politics of ‘knife crime’, with extensive experience in youth work practice and crime prevention in southeast London. She is a passionate teacher and skilled researcher, dedicated to active community engagement and the application of social theory to contemporary issues. Her PhD, with the title ‘Knife Crime’; Policing the Crisis in the 21st Century’ received a doctoral scholarship from Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The thesis provides a critical analysis of the response to ‘knife crime’ in the UK; exploring themes of racism, inequality and social control. Elaine holds a Lectureship in Criminology at Greenwich University and her PhD was supervised by the Sociology Department at Goldsmiths University of London.