Dr Waters is an honours sociology graduate from the University of Western Ontario (Canada). She completed a Masters degree in international criminology at the University of Sheffield, where she also did a post-graduate certificate in higher education. Her PhD research focused on illegal drug use among older adults and was awarded by the University of Sheffield in 2010.

She has been teaching in the criminology subject group at Sheffield Hallam University since 2005. She has been a senior lecturer since 2010, becoming a year tutor in 2008 and then a course leader in 2011.

She has been nominated as an Inspirational Teacher by students in 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13, and 2013/14. Her particular teaching interests are around qualitative and quantitative research methods and illegal drug use. She also enjoys being an Academic Advisor.

Dr Waters is a member of the European Society of Criminology. She is also the former chair and founding member of the European Society of Criminology Early Stage Researchers Working Group.
PhD, University of Sheffield, UK
MA International Criminology, University of Sheffield
PG Certificate in Higher Education, University of Sheffield
BA (Hons) Sociology, University of Western Ontario, Canada
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Illegal Drug Use
Social Research Methodology