Narrowing the Disconnect – The Ethics of Supporting Desistance from Crime

25 Jul

Register now for this conference run by the Cork Alliance Centre with speakers:

Allan Weaver

Shadd Maruna

Deirdre Healy

Joanna Shapland

Vivian Geiran

Michael Donnellan


Conference Dates: Thursday 15th & Friday 16th of September 2016
Venue: Firkin Crane, John Redmond Street, Cork
A light lunch will be served on both days.
Conference dinner and networking event: Thursday 15th September at 7:00pm
Venue: Club Brasserie, City Quarter, Lapp’s Quay, Cork
Conference Contact details: 021-4557878 / 087-6890210
CPD Certificates will be provided. Please indicate below if you require one.

ACJRD Annual Conference – Cybercrime

21 Jul

The 19th Annual Conference of The Association for Criminal Justice Research and Development will take place as follows:

Friday, 7th October, 2016

The Spencer Hotel, Excise Walk, IFSC, Dublin 1

The theme of this year’s conference is cybercrime.

Speakers will include:

  • Robert Hayes, Senior Director, Strategy and Partnership Enterprise Cybersecurity Group, Microsoft Corporation
  • Professor Anne-Marie McAlinden, Reader, School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Pauline Walley, BL
  • Dr Orla Lynch, University College Cork


Autumn Criminology School

17 Jun

Ireland’s first ever residential Autumn Criminology School for Doctoral Researchers will be held at the stunning location of Blackwater Castle in Co. Cork on the 25th to the 30th of September 2016.

The residential Criminology School will be led by highly esteemed Irish and international criminologists with input from key policy makers and NGOs.

Funded by the Irish Research Council the School aims to:

  • Create a space in which criminologists at all career stages can engage in knowledge exchange, theory testing and methodological debates;
  • Create an interdisciplinary, inter-institutional network of criminological researchers that connects PhD students, with early career and advanced researchers;
  • Better articulate the importance of innovative, multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and comparative approaches to research;
  • Foster an understanding of the importance of creating and sustaining links between criminological research and social policy by providing a forum for researchers and policy makers to meet and discuss common priorities.

Activities on each day will be related to one of five key themes including: (a) Theoretical frameworks and Literature; (b) Methodology; (c) Publication and Career development; (d) Interdisciplinary, Multidisciplinary and Comparative Approaches and (e) Policy Implications. The School will also feature a number of themed Roundtable Discussions on topics including: Public Criminology, White Collar Crime; Intersections of Policy and Research.

Keynote Speakers

Prof Kristel Beyens, Vrije Universiteit Brussels

Prof Pat Carlen, University of Leicester

Prof Fergus McNeill, University of Glasgow

Prof Shadd Maruna, University of Manchester

Prof Ian O’Donnell, University College Dublin

Prof Phil Scraton, Queen’s University Belfast


Further Confirmed Speakers:

Dr Lorraine Bowman-Grieve, WIT

Dr Michelle Butler, QUB

Dr Nicola Carr, QUB

Dr Geraldine Cleere, WIT

Dr Vicky Conway, DCU

Dr Clare Dwyer, QUB

Dr Diarmuid Griffin, NUIG

Dr Claire Hamilton, NUIM

Dr Deirdre Healy, UCD

Prof Shane Kilcommins, UL

Prof Ursula Kilkelly, UCC

Dr Siobhán McAlister, QUB

Dr Niamh Maguire, WIT

Dr Aogán Mulcahy, UCD

Dr Mary Rogan, TCD

Dr Mairead Seymour, DIT

Dr Jennifer Yaeger, WIT


Places are limited: For further details and information on how to apply visit: 

Study for a Masters in Youth Justice

24 May


The Masters in Youth Justice has been designed for those who want to advance their understanding of youth issues, youth offending and social and criminal justice responses to young people. It is focused on developing critical analytical skills and enhancing the ability to assess policy and practice against international standards and benchmarks.
Targeted at practitioners, policy-makers and those interested in further academic study, it provides the opportunity to apply academic knowledge and critical analytical skills to practice. It aims to enhance understanding of young people’s lives, the criminal justice system and the discourse of children’s rights.


The Improving Children’s Lives initiative is offering a part fees-bursary of £1,500. The deadline for submission of application is 29 July 2016. Further details can be found here. Further details on fees and university-based scholarships can be found here.


Additional information about entry requirements and course content is available on our Course Finder or alternatively you can contact:

Dr Siobhán McAlister
T: +44(0)28 90975918

Dr Nicola Carr
T: +44(0)28 90975965

Postdoctoral Researcher Law – Maynooth

19 May

Maynooth University Department of Law are seeking an experienced postdoctoral legal/social science researcher to work under the supervision of Dr. Claire Hamilton on the project: ‘CONTAGION’: Counterterrorism, Coercion and EU Criminal Justice Policy. The project is funded by the Irish Research Council under the New Horizons scheme (Strand 1). The overall aim of the project is to assess the impact of counter terrorism measures on the penal trajectories of EU countries by mapping and evaluating the extent to which a process of ‘contamination’ has occurred from the counter terrorism to the ‘ordinary’ criminal justice spheres (the ‘contagion thesis’). This is an excellent opportunity for an ambitious postdoctoral researcher aiming to gain multidisciplinary experience in a dynamic and collegial environment.

Principal Duties will include:

• Quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, including analysis of legislation;
• Data management and other administrative responsibilities related to timely delivery of milestones and deliverables;
• Assistance with report writing, including inventories, literature reviews, research findings and other outputs as required;
• Joint authoring of scholarly articles, chapters and reports;
• Assistance with the communication of research findings to the project funders and the broader academy.


Closing date 5th June. Find more details on application etc here.

Transforming Prison to Support Young Adults – Report launch by Joanne O’Riordan

19 May

The Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice will launch a new report ‘Developing Inside: Transforming Prison for Young Adults’. The report sets out a new approach to the unique needs of young adults (aged 18 to 24) in prison. It will be launched by Joanne O’Riordan (@nolimbsnolimits). Other speakers will be Peter McVerry and Eoin Carroll.

Details: Tuesday 31st May, at 11am, Alexander Hotel, 41-47 Fenian Street, Dublin 2

Please RSVP to

At the report launch, members of the press and public will be invited to ‘experience’ solitary confinement through the use of props and virtual reality

The Report Developing Inside: Transforming Prison for Young Adults provides an in-depth analysis of the unique needs of 18–24 year olds in prison, it examines the current reality, and outlines proposals for change. The report calls for radical policy reform on how we imprison young adults.

Joanne O’Riordan is a campaigner and activist on a number of issues including disability rights, and is currently studying for a degree in criminology in University College Cork. When Joanne was a baby, she visited Fort Mitchel Prison on Spike Island (Cork) after the young adults imprisoned there organised a fundraiser for her.

Peter McVerry SJ is a social justice advocate with a particular focus on homelessness. Peter is a visiting prison chaplain and member of the Jesuit Centre team.

Eoin Carroll is Advocacy Officer with the Jesuit Centre. Eoin co-ordinated the production of the report. His background is in social policy analysis.

Time after Time: Women’s Transitions from Custody

13 May

Jean O’Neill will present findings from her research on women’s experiences of prison and their transitions from custody in Northern Ireland. The research was conducted as part of a Griffins Society Fellowship. The Griffins Society is a charity whose aim is to deliver change for women and girls in the criminal justice system. Christine Leeson, Director of the Griffins Society will also speak at the event. This will be followed by a panel discussion.

To register for this free events sign up via Eventbrite here.


Monday, 6th June – 10am-12pm

School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, 6 College Park Belfast, BT7 1PS


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