Geoff is Professor of Law in the Law Department, School of Social Sciences, and Academic Director of the N8 Policing Research Partnership.
He graduated with an LL.B from the University of Lancaster in 1995 before going on to complete a PhD titled 'Legal Responses to Football Crowd Disorder' at the same institution under the supervision of Prof Michael Salter. He was awarded his doctorate in 1999 (externals Prof Andrew Sanders and Prof Steve Redhead) in 1999 and became Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Liverpool (first at the Football Research Unit and then the Management School). He was Director of Studies for the MBA (Football Industries) programme (FiMBA) (2003-2014).
Geoff joined the University of Manchester Law School in 2015 as a Senior Lecturer in Criminal Law and he acted as Programme Director for the LLB Law with Criminology Programme 2016-2020. In 2020 he took over as Academic Director of the N8PRP and was appointed Professor of Law.