Staff Profiles


Mr Patrick Meehan

Senior Lecturer

School: Faculty of Education Undergraduate Programmes

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 922077

Profile summary

After a brief career as a civil servant and youth worker, Patrick completed a BA in Modern History and Government at the University of Queensland, Australia, followed by an Advanced Certificate in Policing from Griffith University, Australia.  From 1993-2006 he worked as a Queensland police officer in Australia where he performed uniform and plain clothes roles in urban, suburban and rural communities. During that time he completed an MA Justice Studies at Queensland University of Technology and was seconded to the Department of Local Government as the delegated representative of the Queensland Police Service for the Security Improvement Programme. This programme disbursed over $2.4million (AUS) in 1999-2000 for local authorities to employ stuational crime prevention strategies to improve safety and security of public space.

From 2000-2003 Patrick held authorised secondary employment as a lecturer in undergraduate Criminology at Griffith University, Australia. In 2000 he co-authored a Design Guidelines for Public Toilets book with the Brisbane City Council Public Safety Team and in 2001 he co-authored  a nationally accredited training package on Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design with the Open University of Australia.

In 2006 Patrick emigrated with his family to the UK and he taught briefly at Mid-Kent college before working as an ASBO officer in London and Essex. In 2007 Patrick became a Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood and Education Studies at Canterbury Christ Church.

Research and teaching interests

Children and their interaction as independent agents with the landscape and built environment. Crime prevention/ public safety

Robotics and technology and their interaction with children

Globalisation of work and life particularly for children and graduates

Environmental sustainability and international cooperative partnerships

Research and knowledge exchange

Canterbury Christ Church representative on Canterbury City Council £1.6 million Heritage Lottery Bid to redevelop Westgate Gardens

Canterbury Christ Church representative on Kent County Council Men in Childcare Network.


Unsuccessful bid 2011 for PMI2 funding for partnership with North Carolina State University, USA


Participating staff on 2009 Faculty of Education trip to south India (Goodwill trip)

Co-leader of 2013 Faculty of Education trip to south India (Goodwill trip)


2012 negotiated a three month voluntary internship for a graduate with the African Child Policy Forum to conduct research on SEN provision in Ethiopia

2012- present promoting student volunteer activity with Women and Children in Africa (WACIA) and East African Playgrounds (EAP)

2007 - present active promoter of ERASMUS student exchanges


Actively seeking international university partners for collaborative activity and research on areas of interest

Teaching and subject expertise

Modules taught

MECMD2GNP Global and International Perspectives

MECMD2CEC 21st Century Childhood

MECMD3LCW The Law, the Child and the Family

MEDMD2TPP Politics of Policy


Areas of expertise

Situational Crime Prevention

Police Operational Skills (Firearms and Operational Skills Instructor 1995-2004)

Forest Schools / Outdoor Play

Crime and children

Children and the built environment/ landscape architecture


Research Interests

Children and natural environment, especially health benefits and development of pro-social attitudes

Child agency as decision-making stakeholders in spaces where they live, play, travel and are educated and cared for

Chldren and Poverty, especially in regard to impacts of poor physical environments on life outcomes

Males in childcare

Superhero / weapon play


Membership of organisations

International CPTED Association


International Juvenile Justice Observatory

International Society on Social Studies

Society for Economic Botany

Kent County Council - Men In Childcare Network

Open Architecture Network

Howard League for Penal Reform

External activities

Papers presented

2001 Presented paper on Design, Construction and Management of public bikeways at International CPTED Association conference in Brisbane, Australia

2002 Presented paper on Utilisation of CRIMESTOPPERS programme in remote regional communities at the Australian Institute of Criminology Conference in Townsville, Australia

2010 Presented paper on reasons for continued failure of UK to successful protect children at the International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) conference in Hawaii

2011 Presented paper on history of UK child protection legislation in Kampala, Uganda

Membership of professional bodies

International CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) Association

International Society on Social Studies


International Juvenile Justice Observatory

Gulbenkian Foundation

Society for Economic Botany

Open Architecture Network


Representation of University

Faculty of Education, Internationalisation representative


External consulting

Canterbury Christ Church University representative on Canterbury City Council £1.6 million Heritage Lottery bid for redevelopment of Westgate Gardens

Canterbury Christ Church University representative on Kent County Council-sponsored Men in Childcare Network

Publications and research outputs

Teaching four modules in two courses across three campuses four days per week and supporting a large and diverse student population has left little time for research in the last five years,  but as of March 2013 Patrick is starting an Education Doctorate on a topic to be negotiated.


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