Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences
I joined the University of Nottingham in January 2017, having previously worked in Queen's University Belfast. Prior to this I was a Research Fellow in Trinity College Dublin and a government of Ireland scholar. Before entering academia I worked as a Probation Officer in London. My first substantive research area relates to youth, conflict and justice. This has included a focus on broad themes of justice encompassing social justice, formal justice processes, and forms of 'community' justice. I have conducted research on young people's transitions from custody, the experiences of young witnesses and young people's understanding of the criminal records. I was the Principal Investigator on a British Academy funded study entitled 'Risks, Rights and Justice' which has explored young people's experiences of paramilitary violence in contemporary Northern Ireland. My other substantive research interest relates to penal institutions, penal politics and their cultural representations. I have a particular interest in the interrelationship between penal institutions and wider governance and experiences of penality. I was a management committee member of a COST Action on Offender Supervision in Europe (2012-2016), and I am a member of the European Society of Criminology's Working Group on Community Sanctions and Measures. I am currently editor of the Probation Journal, and I serve on the editorial board of the Irish Probation Journal. I am particularly interested in the development of innovative research approaches and making research accessible through public dissemination.
ORCID ID: orcid.org/0000-0001-5060-7343
I am the lead for the MA Criminology and I convene the following modules:
I am currently researching practices and decision-making in relation to prisoner release. This includes a comparative analysis of prison release mechanisms in different countries, with a particular… read more
I am currently researching practices and decision-making in relation to prisoner release. This includes a comparative analysis of prison release mechanisms in different countries, with a particular focus on those convicted of 'terrorist related' offences.
I am also involved in a New Foundations project entitled 'Theory Building for Change in Youth Justice' funded by the Irish Research Council, which will run throughout 2017.
I have been involved as a Principal or Co-Investigator on a range of research projects including studies of youth homelessness, LGBT mental health, service users' experiences of the child protection system and young witnesses' experiences of the criminal justice system. I have recently completed studies on young people's transitions from custody, the effects of juvenile criminal records, the role of pre-sentence reports in sentencing and LGBT prisoners' experiences. I also have a particular interest in comparative research and I have been involved in research exploring the practices of 'offender supervision' in Europe and youth justice practice cultures.
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