Phillip is a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of New South Wales. He completed his PhD at the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University in 2013. His thesis, Policing Nightlife: The Representation and Transformation of Security in Sydney's Night-Time Economy, followed critical transitions in the regulation and policing of Sydney nightlife and the role that both public and private policing agencies play in this complex and highly politicised environment.
Phillip has project managed a number of major research projects, including the NDLERF funded Patron Offending and Intoxication in Night-Time Entertainment Districts (POINTED) Project and NSW Health funded Alcohol Combined with Energy Drinks (ACED) project. He is currently Chief Investigator on a NSW Department of Justice funded research project evaluating the Take Kare Safe Space Program that has been operating in key nightlife precincts across Sydney since 2014 ($180,000) and a pilot project investigating the nature and extent of violence, sexual violence and issues of public safety at Australian music festivals.
In 2018, Phillip was appointed to the City of Sydney's Nightlife and Creative Sector Advisory Panel and the Randwick City Council Night-time Economy Advisory Committee.
Phillip's research interests include the night-time economy, alcohol and drug related violence, crime prevention, policing policy and practice, plural policing, urban governance and the relationship between the media, crime and policing.