Raymond Arthur

Raymond Arthur is a Reader in Law at Teesside University. His research focuses on issues related to the delivery of justice for children and families. He has examined the efficacy of punishing parents for the crimes of their children and considered whether parental responsibility laws  over simplify the complex linkage between parenting and delinquency. Another theme which he has developed is the extent to which the youth justice system in England and Wales protects children’s human rights in the light of international best practice.His research has also involved examining children’s rights in the following contexts: the child in the unmarried family; corporal punishment in the home; conflicts between the medical interests of the child and the wishes of the parents; and the liability of child welfare authorities for negligence in investigating child abuse cases.

Colette Barry

Colette holds a Bachelor of Business and Legal Studies (2009) and an MA in Criminology (2011). She has previously worked as a research and communications intern with the Irish Penal Reform Trust and has recently completed a position as a research assistant in the Prisons Policy Division in the Department of Justice, where she contributed to a project relating to the future of the Parole Board. She has also assisted with archival research for the Interdepartmental Committee to establish the facts of State involvement with the Magdalen Laundries. Colette will be commencing a PhD in DIT this coming September. Her study seeks to explore Irish prison officers’ experiences of prisoner fatalities, with a particular focus on staff cultures and the provision of staff support. This research is funded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Colette is a member of the Differential Association, a network of academics and practitioners who meet monthly to discuss and debate criminological writings

Pauline Burke

Pauline’s background is in social care.  She graduated with a BA in Social Care in 2004 from Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) and worked for 8 years with homeless teenage girls in residential care through the Crisis Intervention Service in Dublin’s north inner city.  She is currently working with Focus Ireland in a project which provides accommodation for families who are experiencing homelessness while studying full-time for her MA in Criminology in DIT.  She has just commenced her dissertation which has the working title ‘why behaviour orders are not being used as a mechanism to deal with anti-social behaviour’.  She is due to complete her Masters in September 2010.

Michelle Butler

Is a lecturer in Criminology based in the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work in Queen’s University Belfast. Her interests tend to be centered on the psychosocial dynamics involved in the occurrence of crime as well as how society reacts to and manages criminal behaviour. In particular, her primary research interests include violence, identity, shame, masculinity, youth justice, imprisonment, reintegration/desistance and the management of crime. Her PhD thesis was entitled “Prisoner Confrontations: The Role of Shame, Masculinity and Respect” and investigated why some prisoners tended to engage in more aggression than others. She has also been involved in research projects examining the service and support needs of young people on remand and the fear of crime.

Lynsey Black

Lynsey holds an LLB Law from Trinity College Dublin (2006), and an MA in Criminology from Dublin Institute of Technology (2009). She received her PhD from Trinity College in 2016, her doctoral research focused on women and the death penalty in post-Independence Ireland and was aided by the award of a research bursary from the Irish Legal History Society and an Arthur Cox Fellowship. Lynsey is current an Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow at the Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin (2016-2018). Her postdoctoral research is a comparative project on the death penalty in Ireland and Scotland from 1864 to 1914. Lynsey is a member of The Differential Association, a criminology book club which meet regularly to discuss new and classic criminology texts as well as hosting various public events. Lynsey has lectured at Dublin Institute of Technology, and has published in the area of media and crime.

Mick Beyers

Mick Beyers is the Policing Programme Officer with the Committee on the Administration of Justice, an independent human rights organization in Belfast. She is originally from Tucson, Arizona where she worked on Native American cultural issues at the Arizona State Museum.  During this period she coordinated a programme to render passive humanitarian assistance to Mexican migrants crossing the Arizona-Sonoran desert and completed a masters degree in social work.  In 2004 Mick moved to Ireland leaving behind the warmth of her beloved desert to undertake fieldwork for her thesis.  She was a research affiliate with Coiste na nIarchimí, the republican ex-prisoners umbrella organization and completed her PhD on republican political culture in 2007.  She has conducted community-based research involving political ex-prisoners and victims issues, and in 2008 received a Community Relations Council Research Award.

Matt Bowden

Matt Bowden is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the School of Languages, Law and Social Sciences, Dublin Institute of technology and co-ordinates the MA in Criminology. Matt’s criminological research interests are in urban security governance, safety and social cohesion, crime prevention and local crime control, Pierre Bourdieu and the criminological field.  He is currently prioritising his research on safety, security and social exclusion. Matt’s most recent publication, Crime, Disorder and Symbolic Governance is published by Palgrave in November 2014.

Louise Brangan

Louise is a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh, where she is researching the relationship between politics, penal culture and punishment, using Ireland and Scotland as historical case studies. Louise has been a Fulbright Scholar at the Centre for the Study of Law and Society, University of California, Berkeley, a Research and Communications Intern with the IPRT and is currently a committee member at the Howard League for Penal Reform Scotland and is Co-Director of the Centre for Law and Society at the University of Edinburgh. She is also the founder of The Differential Association, which is a monthly criminology book club based in Dublin.

Anne Marie Byrne

Anne Marie’s  research focuses on the provision and experience of education for juvenile offenders in a Children Detention School in Ireland. The working title of her thesis is: Education for Juvenile Offenders – process and experience in an Irish Detention School. Her research is funded by a scholarship from the Irish Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS). She is currently documenting the educational attainments of juvenile offenders prior to committal and their experience of education in the CDS. She is interested in exploring whether education has the potential to reduce levels of criminality and recidivism among young people, and to enhance their future career/life prospects.

Nicola Carr

Nicola is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Nottingham. Before joining Nottingham, she was Programme Director for Criminology and Co-Director of the MSc in Youth Justice in Queen’s University Belfast.  She is professionally qualified as a Probation Officer and prior to joining Queen’s she worked in Youth Offending Teams in London. Her main research areas are youth justice, probation and community sanctions. She is particularly interested in young people’s experiences of justice both through formal systems (welfare and justice) and within their communities.

Teresa Clyne Shanley

Teresa is a former legal private investigator who initially specialised in Miscarriages of Justice cases and proceeded to dealing with corporate legal investigations. Having obtained her LLB in 2005, Teresa was the only legally qualified female private investigator in Ireland. Teresa obtained her teaching qualifications in 2009, and now undertakes tutoring and lecturing in law, specialising in business law, mediation, criminal law and employment law. From September 2013, Teresa will be an MSc candidate with Portsmouth University studying criminology and criminal psychology. Her intended research explores the background factors and life history of prisoners, analysing links between poverty and pathways into crime through interview methodology. Teresa is hoping to interview serving prisoners and collect considerable amounts of her primary research through survey use. Teresa is also interested in white collar crime, psychological theories of crime and early childhood factors in offending history.

Una Convery

Una Convery is a lecturer in criminology in the School of Criminology, Politics and Social Policy at the University of Ulster. She completed her PhD on the use of custody for boys and girls in the youth justice and prison systems in Northern Ireland in 2002. Following this she worked as a research fellow in the Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice, School of Law at Queen’s University Belfast, and conducted research in Hydebank Wood Young Offenders’ Centre and Magilligan Prison. She has worked as an independent researcher for the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, and co-authored with Dr Linda Moore, ‘Still In Our Care: Protecting Children’s Rights in Custody in Northern Ireland’. Recently, she completed a literature review, commissioned by the Criminal Justice Directorate of the Northern Ireland Office, on addressing offending by women. Una is currently conducting research, along with Dr Linda Moore and Professor Phil Scraton, in to the rights of children with parents in prison.

Vicky Conway

Vicky is a Lecturer in Law at DCU. Before joining DCU, Vicky previously worked at Kent Law School, University of Kent, as well as the University of Leeds (2006-2007) , the University of Limerick (2007-2009) and Queen’s University of Belfast (2009-2011). Vicky’s research interests relate to policing and police accountability, and abortion law. Vicky is a member of the Policing Authority.

Donal Corcoran

Donal P. Corcoran is a member of An Garda Siochana, with approximately ten years service. He holds a Diploma in European Community Law, a National Diploma in Policing Studies; a BA in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations and a MA in Police Science and Management. He is currently enrolled with the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, at the University of Portsmouth, England. He is due to complete a Professional Doctorate in Criminal Justice, and his thesis is concerned with Garda accountability. His research interests include: police culture, police reform, policing in a multicultural society, the supervision of offenders and criminal organization investigation.

Mary Louise Corr

Mary-Louise is a lecturer in criminology in the School of Life, Sport and Social Sciences at Edinburgh Napier University.  Her research to date has focused on the lives of marginalised youth, employing biographical interviews as the key research method. Her research interests include youth offending and youth justice, domestic violence, experiences of victimisation and youth homelessness.

Denise Coulahan

Denise Coulahan holds a Diploma in Applied Social Research from Sligo IT, a BSc in Psychology and Criminology from the University of Glamorgan, a Masters in Criminology at the Dublin Institute of Criminology and a Postgrad in Adult Guidance Counselling from Maynooth. She has previously worked in projects with homeless women and with the Care After Prison Project. Currently, she works for IASIO as a Training Employment Officer in the Mountjoy Prison Campus and delivers the Criminal Psychology course with CMI college, Dublin.

Chris Cunneen

Chris Cunneen is Professor of Criminology in the Cairns Institute, James Cook University, Queensland, Australia. Previously he held appointments as the NewSouth Global Chair of Criminology at University of New South Wales, and Director of the Institute of Criminology at Sydney Law School. He has published widely in the area of juvenile justice, policing, criminal justice policy, restorative justice and Indigenous legal issues. His books include Indigenous Legal Relations in Australia (Oxford University Press, 2009), The Critical Criminology Companion (Federation Press, 2008)  Juvenile Justice. Youth and Crime in Australia (Oxford University Press, 2007), Conflict, Politics and Crime (Allen and Unwin, 2001) Faces of Hate (Federation Press, 1997) and Indigenous People and the Law in Australia (Butterworths, 1995).

Teresa Degenhardt

Is a lecturer in Criminology based in the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work in Queen’s University Belfast. She has a PhD from Ulster University, an MA from Keele University and a Law Degree from Bologna University. Her PhD was entitled “Understanding war as punishment in the international sphere after 9/11” . This was a theoretical exploration of the overlapping of criminology and international relations, using the work of Foucault, Agamben, Hardt and Negri. Prior to that, I worked on a project looking at crimes committed against female migrants. This was an enquiry into the issue of youth prostitution in the region of Emilia Romagna (Italy) which formed part of the European Project Stop Trafficking in Europe. I am interested in various issues concerning reactions to crime, from war to punishment, other interests include: feminist theory, penal culture, and migration.

Liam Dempsey is an LLM graduate from Queen’s University Belfast. His dissertation entitled: Exploring Socioeconomic Disparities in the Irish Sentencing System- A Comparative Examination of the Evidence and Suggestions for Further Empirical Research – was awarded Outstanding Dissertation of the year by the Human Rights Centre, Queen’s University Belfast.

Cliodhna Dineen, LLB, LLM, New York Attorney-at-Law, Head of Law Griffith College Cork

Cliodhna was awarded an LLB in Law & European Studies from University of Limerick in 2004. She then went on to pass the New York State Bar examination and was sworn in as an Attorney-at-Law in June 2005. Cliodhna was awarded an LLM by University College Cork in 2006, where she specialised in the areas of Criminology, Penology, International Criminal Law and Juvenile Justice. Cliodhna’s Thesis was entitled ‘Informal Criminal Justice in Ireland in the 1950’s’. This focused mainly on institutional abuse in the Magdalene Laundries and Industrial Public Schools in the 1950’s and also on the theoretical aspect of Criminal Justice in Ireland. Cliodhna is on the Review Board for the Journal of Social Criminology. Cliodhna worked as a Legal Researcher and a Legal Executive before taking up full-time lecturing with Griffith College Cork in 2007 and is now the Course Director of the Law School. Cliodhna lectures Criminal Law and Criminology.

Eunan Dolan

Eunan Dolan is the Garda Detective Superintendent for Dublin’s north-east inner-city. He has served for almost 40 years in An Garda Síochána, most of it spent working in Dublin’s inner-city. He holds a BA in Public Management from the Institute of Public Management, an MSc Econ. (policy) from Trinity College Dublin, an MA Phil (open) from the Open University, and a Professional Doctorate from the University of Portsmouth, awarded in 2016. Eunan’s research interests include the fairness of policing from an egalitarian perspective, the effects of external power on policing and how this has an impact on vulnerable communities.

John Egan

John Egan is a Sergeant within An Garda Siochana with over 12 year service.  He holds a Diploma in Information Technology; a Diploma in Information Processing; a BA in Policing Studies; a BA in the Administration of Justice and a MSc in Police Science and Management.  He currently represents An Garda Siochana as a Court Presenter at the Criminal Courts of Justice.  In this role he is responsible for the prosecution of cases within the Dublin Metropolitan District.  Prior to promotion he worked as a Crime Scene Investigator and was involved in several high profile investigations.

Graham Ellison

Graham Ellison completed his undergraduate studies at Queen’s University in Political Science and Sociology and later completed his DPhil at the University of Ulster (Jordanstown).  In 1997 he took up a post lecturing in criminology Keele University, England and in September 2001 returned to Belfast to take up a lectureship in criminology at Queen’s University, Belfast. He completed an ESRC funded research project to investigate young people’s experiences of crime, policing and victimisation in Northern Ireland which resulted in a research report Young People, Crime and Policing in Northern Ireland. More recently together with Dr Pete Shirlow (QUB) he has undertaken research into community attitudes to the PSNI in the New Lodge area of North Belfast.  His research interests include policing in divided societies, community confidence in policing, ‘bottom up’ security governance, the policy transfer and policing, and more recently donor assistance to overseas policing missions and the transnational movement of ‘policing knowledges’ globally. He has also recently worked with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Ankara to make recommendations for the civilian oversight of the internal security sector in respect of Turkey’s reform commitments under EU accession criteria. His research has also looked critically and problematically at aspects of Northern Ireland’s police reform process and its increasing status as a model for overseas emulation. He has published in the British Journal of Criminology, Theoretical Criminology, the British Journal of Sociology, Police Quarterly, the Journal of Crime, Law and Social Change, Policing and Society and is the co-author (with Jim Smyth) of The Crowned Harp: Policing Northern Ireland, Pluto/University of Michigan Press (2000). He is currently working on a book for Palgrave Macmillan (with Nathan Pino) entitled Police Reform, Globalization and Development (September 2010)which examines the various impacts of overseas development assistance to police reform efforts in a number of post-conflict and transitional states.

Joe Garrihy

Joe has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology and Sociology from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. He went on to gain a Master of Social Science in Sociology from University College Dublin. His master’s thesis examined the experience of men in Irish prisons, more specifically embodiment and the engagement of masculinities with power relations as mediated through the body. It was titled: “Masculinities in Irish Prisons: The body and its engagement with power relations”.  He was awarded the Mary Kelly Medal for the best thesis of the year for his work. Joe began his PhD in September 2013 having been awarded a Sutherland School of Law Scholarship. His research examines occupational culture and identity in prison work, specifically the ethnographic study of prison officers in Ireland.

Dave Gillic

Dave Gillic graduated in 2006 with a B.A (Single Hon) in Psychology in 2006 and in 2007, obtained a Certificate in Addiction Studies from NUI Maynooth. In 2008, he graduated from University College Cork with an MA in Forensic Psychology. For his postgraduate thesis, he evaluated the effectiveness of the psychophysiological detection of deception – or lie detector instruments – comparing a number of different designs that are used. He currently works as a Social Care Worker with the HSE at Ballydowd Special Care Unit in Dublin: a centre that provides secure accomodation programmes for young people presenting with  emotional and behavioural problems that render them unamenable to intervention in less restrictive settings.

Dr. Faith Gordon is a Lecturer in Criminology, at the University of Westminster. Faith was previously a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow working within the Childhood, Transition and Social Justice Initiative, School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast. Faith graduated from the School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast with an LL.B. Law and Politics (2007); a Masters in Criminology (Distinction (2008) and Ph.D. (2012). Her doctoral thesis, supervised by Professor Phil Scraton and Dr. Anne-Marie McAlinden, was entitled: A Critical Analysis of Print Media Representation of Children and Young People during Transition from Conflict in Northern Ireland. At a time of political, economic and social change in Northern Ireland, this thesis was concerned with how children and young people are represented in print media coverage and the implications of this coverage in a post-conflict transitioning society. Specifically it explored how children and young people’s perceived involvement in ‘anti-social’ and ‘criminal’ behaviour, are ascribed and amplified in media, popular and political discourses. Building on Faith’s previous research on media representations of youth and of gender (2007; 2008; 2012), she is currently the primary researcher on the ESRC funded Knowledge Exchange project entitled: Identifying and challenging the negative media representation of children and young people in Northern Ireland. Include Youth and the Childhood, Transition and Social Justice Initiative are lead partners on the project and their established working relationship is committed to knowledge and skills transfer between academic researchers and community-based practitioners. She is also developing work in the area of ‘law and emotion’.

Lystra Hagley-Dickinson BSc (Hons.), MSc. M.jur. PhD

Dr Lystra Hagley-Dickinson is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology, the Research and Enterprise lead for the School of Social Sciences and an Associate Director of the Research Institute of Children Childhood and Youth (CCY) at the University of Northampton, United Kingdom.She is a graduate of the University of the West Indies and School of Law, University of Birmingham.  She has pursued careers in education, government, the European Union and the community and voluntary sectors.  Prior to joining the University she was the Chief Executive of an agency primarily responsible for improvements in quality standards and performance of local prisons. Dr Hagley-Dickinson sits on the Board of many Charities, community and voluntary sector agencies that reflect interests that include working with persons who abuse drugs and alcohol, promoting the rehabilitation of offenders by improving the links between prisons and the voluntary and community sectors; and supporting Community involvement to impact upon youth offending by supporting Young Offenders’ Institutions. As an Executive Board member of the British Society of Criminology and the Chair of the Association’s Postgraduate Sub-Committee she is responsible for co-ordinating Graduate Conferences and approving Students’ Bursaries.Dr Hagley-Dickinson currently has in the press two chapters in an international volume of comparative criminal justice systems and has undertaken research and published in relation to ethnicity, the criminal justice system, the effects of imprisonment and recently published a book on prisoner resettlement in England and Wales. Her research interests include prisons and prisoners, restorative justice, comparative criminology, partnership working and community/ voluntary sector engagement in criminal justice.

Claire Hamilton

Claire Hamilton practised as a barrister in criminal law until 2004 when she became a full time academic. Prior to joining Maynooth University she worked for several years as a lecturer in criminology in Dublin Institute of Technology and Queen’s University Belfast. She has published widely in various national and international legal and criminological journals including the British Journal of Criminology, the European Journal of Criminology and the European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research. She is the author of three books and is currently working (with her fellow co-editors) on an edited collection on Irish criminology to be published by Routledge in 2015. She is also currently writing up comparative research into counter-terrorism which was conducted in the US as a recipient of a Fulbright-Schuman award co-funded by the Fulbright Commission and the European Commission. She is currently a member of the Social Sciences Committee of the Royal Irish Academy, the Advisory Board of the Irish Innocence Project and the Executive Committee of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties. She is also the Secretary of the Irish Association of Law Teachers.

Lyndsey Harris

Dr Lyndsey Harris is a lecturer in Criminology and Security Studies at Birmingham City University. She has a multi-disciplinary background including a first degree from King’s College London in War Studies and History and PhD in Politics from the University of Ulster.  Her doctoral thesis was entitled, ‘A Strategic Analysis of Loyalist Paramilitaries in Northern Ireland’, including over fifty interviews with members and ex-members of the Ulster Defence Association and Ulster Volunteer Force. She has published in the British Journal of Political and International Relations and a number of book chapters. Her research interests include terrorism and political violence; strategic theory; extremism and Northern Irish Politics. Her current research is focusing on the emergence of the English Defence League.  Lyndsey is member of the executive committee of the Political Studies Association of the UK; a member of the Conflict Research Society, and Insurgency Research Group (IRG); and an IUS Armed Forces and Society Fellow.

Deirdre Healy

Deirdre Healy is a Lecturer in Criminology in the Institute of Criminology, Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin. Deirdre took up this role in 2010. Her research interests include desistance from crime, probation, attrition in rape cases, and ethics in criminal justice research.  In 2008, she began the Crime, Desistance and Reintegration Study, which involves a long-term follow-up of a sample of adult male probationers who were interviewed for her doctoral research.  The study will provide a detailed account of pathways to, and from, desistance and aims to identify the psychological and social processes involved in these transitions.

Eoin Healy

Eoin is a research student in Trinity College Dublin. His PhD research is (tentatively) entitled ‘Governing Marginality: Welfare Regimes, Migration and the Criminal Justice System’ looking at the effects of welfare and migration on incarceration in developed countries.
Eoin grew up in France and graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 2006 with a BA Hons in Sociology and Social Policy.

Marie Keenan

Marie Keenan is a Forensic and Systemic Psychotherapist, Restorative Justice Practitioner, Researcher and Lecturer at the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice, University College Dublin and a member of the Advisory Board of UCD’s Institute of Criminology. She has researched and practiced in the area of sexual violence, sexual abuse within the Catholic Church, and restorative justice as an additional justice mechanism in sexual violence cases. Her recent publications include Restorative Responses to Sexual Violence: Legal, Social and Therapeutic Dimensions, (2017), London: Routledge, (with Estelle Zinsstag) (Eds); Child Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church: Gender, Power and Organizational Culture, (2012) New York: Oxford University Press, also Hungarian translation (2017). A Gyermerer Szexualis Bantalmazasa es A Katolikus Egyhaz: Gender, hatalom es szervezeti kultura. Budapest: Oriold Es Tarsai; Doing Restorative Justice in Cases of Sexual Violence: A Practice Guide (2015), Leuven: Leuven Institute of Criminology (with V. Mercer, K. Sten Madsen, K and E. Zinsstag (Eds); Sexual Trauma and Abuse: Restorative and Transformative Possibilities? (2014), Dublin: UCD and Broken Faith: Why Hope Matters (2013) Oxford: Lang (with P Claffey and J Egan (Eds)).
Paula Kenny


Paula graduated with her BA in December 2002 and enrolled to do her Masters in September 2002. She graduated in April 2004. For her Masters dissertation she investigated the implementation and administration of Restorative Justice Initiatives in Ireland. Paula commenced her doctoral studies in September 2005. Her PhD research interests include restorative justice, juvenile justice, risk, governance, crime control, policing, cultural criminology and the sociology of law. She is currently engaged in research on Restorative Justice, Penal Policy, Prisons, Policing and the Community in the Republic of Ireland. Paula has worked as a lecturer in Politics, & Social Science with the Institute of Public Administration, University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin. She is currently a lecturer in Sociology, Criminology & Human Rights in the Institute of Technology, Sligo, where she also works with the Custodial Care programme. Paula is a member of the Editorial Board of the Irish Journal of Criminology, a peer-reviewed academic journal dealing with issues surrounding penology, criminology, rights and justice.

Maria Lahiff

Maria is just entering her 2nd year in a Criminology PhD in DIT Mountjoy Sq.  Having worked as a co-ordinator for a Garda Diversion Programme and as a residential youth worker in various residential childcare units over the past 10 years, Maria is particularly interested in the perspectives of the people who are directly affected by juvenile justice legislation.  Her PhD thesis is concerned with Reducing Youth Offending and will pay particular attention to the perspectives of parents and what they believe are their roles and responsibilities in reducing youth offending behaviour in their own home and in their communities. The coming year will involve the data collection via semi-structured interview method and a qualitative analysis of the results. Maria hopes that this research will provide a rich and nuanced account from the central actors involved in the issue of tackling anti-social and delinquent behaviour.

Cheryl Lawther

Cheryl Lawther is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the School of International Relations, University of St Andrews.  She received a BA Hons Politics (First Class), MSSc Criminology (Distinction) and a PhD from the School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast.  Entitled ‘Unpicking the Opposition to Truth Recovery: Unionism and the Contested Past’, Cheryl’s thesis explored and critically analysed unionists, loyalists and the security forces opposition to recovering truth about the Northern Ireland conflict.  Her current research focuses on the needs of victims in post-conflict Northern Ireland.  Cheryl’s article “Securing’ the Past: Policing and the Contest over Truth in Northern Ireland’, British Journal of Criminology, 2010, 50, 3: 455 – 473, was awarded the Brian Williams Article Prize by the British Society of Criminology, July 2011, in recognition of the best sole authored article by a ‘new’ scholar.  Cheryl’s monograph ‘Truth, Denial and Transition: Northern Ireland and the Contested Past’ is due to be published by the Routledge Transitional Justice Series.

Liam Leonard

Dr. Liam Leonard has been a Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology, IT Sligo, Senior editor, Journal of Social Criminology, founder and Senior Editor of the Journal of Social Criminology. Dr. Leonard is the author of a number of books and publications on Social and Environmental Justice, Criminology and Social Movements. In 2009 Emerald Publishing in the UK appointed Dr. Leonard as Series Editor for the Advances in Ecopolitics Book Series. This series will publish 3 books to be co-edited by Dr. Leonard and John Barry; the Transition to Sustainable Living; Global Ecopolitics and Green Parties in the Era of Climate Change. He is guest editor ( with C. Rootes) for the December 2009 special issue of the Environmental Politics Journal. Dr. Leonard co-edited a special Irish issue of the Prison Journal with Rosemary Gido in 2010, in addition to co-editing ( with K. Allen) a special issue of the Irish Journal of Sociology on Social Movements and Civil Society. Dr. Leonard has published criminology reviews and articles in American Jails and Theoretical Criminology.

Bill Lockhart

Dr Bill Lockhart was appointed Chief Executive of the Youth Justice Agency in June 2004. Bill is a Chartered Forensic Psychologist who has worked within the criminal justice system in Northern Ireland for over 30 years. More recently he served as Chief Executive for the Extern organisation from April 1994 to June 2004. Bill is a graduate in psychology and philosophy at Queen’s University Belfast, and holds postgraduate qualifications in counselling psychology, including a doctorate from Aston University in Birmingham. He holds a range of leadership and management qualifications including a diploma in strategic management. He is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and is a former chair of Northern Ireland Branch of the British Society of Criminology and has been a Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge. He has a wide experience of criminological research, with specialist interest in restorative justice, youth offending, mentally disordered offenders and community responses to crime.

Siobhán McAlister

Siobhán McAlister is a Research Fellow in the Childhood, Transition and Social Justice Initiative (CTSJI) based within the School of Law at Queen’s University Belfast. Prior to this, she worked as a researcher with YouthAction Northern Ireland, a voluntary youth organisation working with marginalised young people. Siobhán undertook her undergraduate degree in Criminology at the University of Teesside and completed her PhD, also at the University of Teesside, in 2007. She has been involved in a range of research projects concentrating on the lives and experiences of children and young people. Reports stemming from her research include: Childhood in Transition: Experiencing Marginalisation and Conflict in Northern Ireland (2009); Still Waiting: The Stories Behind the Statistics of Young Women Growing up in Northern Ireland (2007); Children’s Rights in Northern Ireland (2004). Siobhán convenes a module on the QUB Doctorate in Childhood Studies on ‘Youth and Adolescent Perspectives’ and teaches an undergraduate module entitled ‘Childhood, Transition and Justice’. She works closely with NGOs in sharing information and informing research practices. She currently advises the Youth Safety Network on setting up an action research and evaluation framework, and is on the Steering Group of Headliners Foyle.

Kieran McCartan

Kieran completed his first degree in Psychology at the Queens University of Belfast, before moving to Leicester to do an MSc in Criminology at the Scarman centre, and a PhD in the Department of Psychology. Kieran is an active researcher social constructionalist and a multidisciplinary researcher, with an interest in current conceptions/constructions of crime; sexual offending and the management of sexual offenders; social risk and the risk society; and criminal psychology.  Prior to joining UWE, in 2007, he taught Psychology and Criminology at the University of Leicester, and since joining he has went on to become joint award leader in criminology as well as conveyor of the MSc criminology programme.

Donal MacIntyre

Donal MacIntyre has worked internationally as journalist, documentary-maker, film director and investigative reporter on a wide range of subjects. Much of his work has been broadcast around the world and he remains an active journalist on the coalface with a specialism in ethnographic studies on communities with a criminological perspective. He has have developed an international reputation in this area and have presented keynote speeches to media conferences around the globe over the last 20 years.He remains a regular contributor to the Guardian, Independent Newspapers, The Mail and the Express Newspaper groups among other publications in the UK and Ireland.

Niamh Maguire

Is a lecturer in law at Waterford Institute of Technology and a research associate at the School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin. Niamh currently teaches criminal law, criminology and policing to legal and criminal justice studies students at WIT. She recently completed her PhD thesis entitled “Sentencing in Ireland: An Exploration of the Views, Rationales, and Sentencing Practices of District and Circuit Court Judges” at TCD. Her primary research interests include sentencing, consistency in sentencing, the principle of proportionality in sentencing, the use of prison and alternatives to prison, community sanctions, theories of punishment, and sentencing and punishment in comparative contexts. Niamh is also a member of the European Society of Criminology Working Group on Community Sanctions.

James W Maher

James is currently a PhD student at the Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin. His doctoral research is examining issues affecting foreign national prisoners in Ireland. For the 2014/15 academic year he is lecturing on law and social justice and also tutoring second year modules in criminal law. James completed a Diploma in Legal Studies at the Honorable Society of King’s Inn in 2013. He received an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice (First Class Honours) from UCD in 2011, having examined the integration of foreign nationals into An Garda Síochána for my dissertation. He graduated with a BA(Hons) in Psychology in 2010. James is particularly interested in studying the challenges facing the Irish criminal justice system and the need to provide for Ireland’s increasingly diverse population.

Ian D. Marder

Dr. Ian D. Marder is Lecturer in Criminology, Department of Law, Maynooth University. He holds a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in criminal justice from the University of Leeds (UK). His Ph.D. research focused on the institutionalisation of restorative justice in the English police. As of May 2018, he also works for the Council of Europe as a Scientific Expert, assisting in the drafting of a new Recommendation on restorative justice in criminal matters, and for the University of Liverpool Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology as a Research Associate. He founded and continues to manage the Community of Restorative Researchers (@restorative_res). He tweets at @iancriminology. His main research areas are restorative justice, policing, sentencing, practitioner decision-making and criminal justice policy.

Shadd Maruna

Shadd Maruna is the Dean of the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers-Newark. Previously, he has been a lecturer at the University of Cambridge, the State University of New York, and was Director of the Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast. His research focuses on the reintegration of former prisoners into society. His book Making Good: How Ex-Convicts Reform and Rebuild Their Lives was named the “Outstanding Contribution to Criminology” by the American Society of Criminology in 2001. His other books include: Rehabilitation: Beyond the Risk Paradigm (2007, with Tony Ward), The Effects of Imprisonment (2005, with Alison Liebling), After Crime and Punishment: Pathways to Ex-Offender Reintegration (2004, with Russ Immarigeon), and Fifty Key Thinkers in Criminology (2010, with Keith Hayward and Jayne Mooney). He has been a Soros Justice Fellow, a Fulbright Scholar and an HF Guggenheim Fellow.

Agnieszka Martynowicz

Agnieszka Martynowicz was formerly a Research and Policy Officer in the Irish Penal Reform Trust in Dublin. Agnieszka was, until March 2009, Assistant Director with the Institute for Conflict Research in Belfast where she led on the Institute’s work on migration and asylum. Previously, she worked in the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) as Research Worker, specializing in policing and criminal justice issues, and at Queen’s University Belfast as researcher on the Equality and Social Inclusion in Ireland Project. Before moving to Ireland, he has worked in a number of voluntary groups in Poland, providing legal advice and training to organisations such as the Prison Service and Social Services. She was a country rapporteur on women’s rights in the review of women’s status in OSCE Member-States in 2000.
Agnieszka holds an MA in Law and Legal Science (University of Warsaw) and an LLM in Human Rights Law (Queen’s University Belfast), as well as the UNSSC/Fahamu Diploma in Conflict Prevention and an International Committee of the Red Cross Diploma in International Humanitarian Law. Her research interests include policing and criminal justice, prisons and penal policy, international criminal justice, international humanitarian law, and immigration policy and practice. Her recent publications include: ‘New Migration, Equality and Integration: Issues for Northern Ireland’ (with Jarman, N., ICR/ECNI 2008) and ‘Our Hidden Borders: the UK Border
Agency’s Powers of Detention’ (with Latif, N., NIHRC, April 2009).

Paula Mayock

Paula Mayock is a Lecturer in Youth Research at the School of Social Work and Social Policy and Children’s Research Centre, Trinity College Dublin. Her research focuses primarily on the lives and experiences of marginalised and ‘at risk’ youth, covering areas such as drug use and drug problems, homelessness, sexuality, risk behaviour and mental health. She is currently Principal Investigator of a longitudinal qualitative study of youth homelessness in Dublin city, a study of heroin initiation, and a study of mental health and well-being among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people of all ages. She is also joint Principal Investigator of a study of cocaine use in Northern Ireland. Paula is a NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) INVEST Post-doctoral Fellow. This fellowship was based at the National Development and Research Institutes, New York. She is the author of numerous articles, chapters and reports and recently co-authored a book entitled, Lives in Crisis: Homeless Young People in Dublin, published by The Liffey Press. She is also a member of the editorial board of Youth Studies Ireland.

Lucy Michael

Lucy Michael is a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Hull. Her research focuses on two key areas of racism and minority leaderships.
Her PhD ‘Leadership in Transition’, completed at Keele University, contributes to an understanding of how minority groups advocate for access to social resources and defend themselves from ‘othering’ processes, violence and criminalisation. Current research focuses on racial violence and hate crime policies, drawing on primary and secondary data sources to contribute to contemporary measures of the problem and inform developing theoretical perspectives. Lucy holds a Bachelor of Civil Law from University College Dublin, and postgraduate degrees from Keele University. She serves as an executive committee member of the Sociological Association of Ireland and regularly presents her work in Ireland. She is particularly interested in application of her research work through engagement, and  acts as advisor to a range of policy groups in relation to both key research themes, as well as offering leadership training for minority young people.

Tracey Monson

Tracey Monson is a trained psychotherapist with over 17 years’ experience in the provision of therapeutic services to children and adults at risk and in need of mental health, residential and the community/voluntary sectors in the south of Ireland. She has worked as a front-line practitioner and in senior management within the voluntary sector in demographic areas of disadvantage and need.  Tracey has been a board member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Childcare in Practice for 10 years and held the Chair position from 2013-15. In addition to an MA in Clinical Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, she holds an MSc in Equality Studies from the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice at University College Dublin. She is also currently completing a Professional Doctorate in Childhood Studies (DChild) in the School of Social Sciences, Education, and Social Work, at Queen’s University Belfast, exploring professionals’ attitudes towards young people at risk and in need, submitting in 2017. Her research interests are in the areas of youth and risk, with a particular focus on neo-liberal approaches to risk in service provision for young people in Ireland.

Jane Mulcahy

Jane Mulcahy is a PhD candidate in law at University College Cork (UCC) in Ireland. Her research is into post-release supervision of long sentence male prisoners and the practices, actions and resources in the community that enhance their reintegration prospects. Jane is the recipient of the Irish Research Council’s funded employment scholarship and is co-funded by the Probation Service.

Jane was thrilled to secure the Cork Alliance Centre, a desistance project in Cork City, as her employment partner under this PhD scheme. Jane has worked as a researcher, mainly in the area of criminal justice, penal policy and social justice, since 2005. As an independent research consultant, Jane wrote the research report on The Practice of Pre-Trial Detention in Ireland (2016) for the Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) as part of an EU Commission-funded project facilitated by Fair Trials International. Between 2010 and 2013 she worked as Research and Policy Officer at IPRT. Previously she was senior legal researcher on the Codification of the Criminal Law project at University College Dublin. Prior to that Jane worked on the law of homicide at the Irish Law Reform Commission, writing the consultation paper on Involuntary Manslaughter (2007) and the Report on Homicide: Murder and Involuntary Manslaughter (2008). In 2005, Jane worked as a research assistant at UCC on a project about distance selling and buying goods and services online. Aside from research, Jane is passionate about the arts, especially theatre. She has written, directed and acted in several plays.

Twitter: @janehmul

Ciaran Murphy

Ciaran Murphy is a Sergeant in An Garda Siochana with 13 years experience. He holds a Diploma in Criminology, a Diploma in Crime and Intelligence Analysis, a Diploma in Policing Studies. He is a certified Gang Profile Analyst having received training in the United States and is a member of the International Association of Asset Recovery Experts. He has recently been accepted to Portsmouth College, Institute of Criminal Justice Studies to attend the MSc in Policing, Policy and Leadership.

Deborah O’Connell

Deborah O’Connell holds a BA from University College Cork (2001). Her undergraduate dissertation focused on Irish women’s experiences within the criminal justice system, from arrest through to imprisonment. She graduated from Queen’s University Belfast (2006) with a Postgraduate Diploma in Criminology and returned to University College Cork in 2014 to pursue the MA in Criminology. She has just begun her dissertation which is examining what impact the CSI Effect has on policing in Ireland. She also writes on Irish historical crimes for the publications True Crime and Master Detective.

 Kate O’Hara

Kate O’Hara is an employment-based postgraduate scholar at the Irish Penal Reform Trust. Kate commenced her doctoral studies in conjunction with IPRT and Dublin Institute of Technology in March 2013. Her project, entitled “Community Service Orders versus short custodial sentences: Examining risk, recidivism and need”, is funded by IPRT and The Irish Research Council, as part of their employment-based postgraduate scholarship scheme. The project will investigate the range and effectiveness of alternatives to short-term prison sentences available in Ireland, as well as internationally. Using data from a range of criminal justice agencies, Kate will examine the profile of offenders receiving short-term custodial sentences, as well as, those receiving Community Service Orders (CSOs). Finally, she will compare recidivism rates amongst these two offenders cohorts, using a matched sample. She is supervised by Dr. Mary Rogan, Ms Deirdre Malone and Dr. Kevin Lalor. Kate completed her BA in Applied Psychology at University College Cork and her MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology at the University of York. She is a former intern of IPRT and previously worked as a researcher at the Offender Health Research Network at the University of Manchester.

Shane O’Mahony

Shane is currently engaged in PhD research (2nd year) at the University of Manchester (Criminology programme) in relation to Drug Addiction in Ireland form a historical and contemporaneous perspective. He has conducted a number of qualitative interviews with people who have drug addiction issues in Cork City, where he is originally from. He is also conducting research into how drug addiction has been understood by the main “claim-making groups” (such as the medical profession, the Catholic Church, Government, Media, and Republican and Nationalist groups) since the foundation of the modern Irish state. Shane’s primary degree is in History from University College Cork, where he also completed an MA in Criminology.

Eoin O’Sullivan

Eoin O’Sullivan is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin where he teaches Comparative Penal Policy, Crime and Irish Society and Contemporary Issues in Criminology. He is also the Director of Teaching and Learning Postgraduate Studies at the School.

Heather Panter

Heather Panter is a retired American police detective with over 2,000 hours of police-specific training and 13 years of law enforcement experience. She holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of Tennessee and an M.S. in Criminal Justice with a specialisation in Forensic Science from Saint Leo University (US). Her Masters thesis examined whole-body imaging as a counter-terrorism tool at American airports. She is currently a PhD Candidate in Criminology at Cardiff University and her research involves the comparative cross-examination of police culture within the United States and United Kingdom with respect to officers’ cognitive and social perceptions of LGBT identities. Currently, she is examining ways to improve occupational settings for transgender officers in the America, England and Wales. She has presented her research to the Welsh Government and to several police agencies while advocating for improvements based on her research. She aims to improve police relations with members of the transgender community and increase the confidence level in disclosing hate crimes to the police. Additionally, she is a graduate tutor at Cardiff University where she teaches seminars and lectures on the foundations of criminology and diversity within the criminal justice system.

Jen Phipps

Jen is currently a lecturer in Criminology in the Department of Law and Criminology at Aberystwyth University, Wales. Her main teaching areas on the undergraduate programmes are criminology and criminal psychology and her research interests include investigative interviewing and the application of mediation within the criminal justice system. Prior to this, Jen previously worked as a lecturer in Crime and Policing Studies in the Department of Law and Criminal Justice Studies at Canterbury Christ Church University. As part of her role here, Jen worked very closely with the police on a range of degrees and courses offered to both police practitioners and probationary officers. As part of this work, she researched the relationship between police training, policing and higher education.

Martin Quigley

Martin is a Phd student with Dublin Institute of Technology. His current research centres on the political processes behind criminal justice policy development, with a particular focus on legislation impacting upon those released from prison. Martin works in the field of drugs policy where his main role is in supporting services across the country to become compliant with a quality assurance framework. He is also a long term member of the Dublin based criminology book club, The Differential Association. Martin is a former intern of the Irish Penal Reform Trust and graduate of the DIT Masters Degree in Criminology. Prior to this he worked for several years as an outreach worker with Dublin based homeless charity Focus Ireland.

Christina Quinlan

Dr Christina Quinlan is a lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice at De Montfort University, Leicester. With a background in social research, she has worked as a social scientist in third level education and in the community and voluntary sector. Her areas of interest include gender, crime and punishment, media and communications, and social research methods. She has written extensively on women and criminal justice, social control and the state, research methodologies, feminist methodologies, visual methods, action research and ethnography. She was a founding member of the Irish Media Research Network and she was for four years a member of the board of the Sociological Association of Ireland. She has long been an activist in penal reform and worked with Women in Prison Reform Alliance (a sub-group of Irish Penal Reform Trust) highlighting the needs of women in prison while advocating for radical policy change in relation to the treatment of women in criminal justice systems. She is currently a judge on the Social Sciences Panel of The Undergraduate Awards.

Louise Rooney

Louise holds a BA in Psychology (2006) from the Dublin Business School of Arts and an MSc in Forensic Psychology from the University of Leicester (2011). Louise has a background in behavioural support and has spent a number of years working with individuals on the Autistic Spectrum. Louise’s master’s dissertation investigated  police attitudes toward individual’s with intellectual disabilities, with a particular focus on the relationship between gender role conflict and belief systems regarding the intellectually disabled. Louise is currently a PhD candidate under the supervision of Dr Deirdre Healy in the Institute of Criminology UCD. Louise’s research focuses on the role of offender gender on the decision-making processes of criminal justice professionals.

Phil Scraton

Phil Scraton is Professor of Criminology in the Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice, School of Law, Queen’s University, Belfast and Director of the Childhood, Transition and Social Justice Initiative. His most recent books are: ‘Childhood’ in ‘Crisis’? (Routledge); Hillsborough: The Truth (Mainstream); Beyond September 11 (Pluto Press); Power, Conflict and Criminalisation (Routledge); The Violence of Incarceration (Routledge). The Incarceration of Women (Palgrave Macmillan) is in preparation. He edited a recent special issue of Current Issues in Criminal Justice on the criminalisation and punishment of children and young people and co-edited a special issue of Social Jusitice on deaths in custody and detention. Recent co-authored research reports include: The Hurt Inside: The Imprisonment of Women and Girls in Northern Ireland and The Prison Within (NI Human Rights Commission); Children’s Rights in Northern Ireland (NI Commissioner for Children and Young People); Childhood in Transition: Experiencing Marginalisation and Conflict in Northern Ireland (Save the Children). His postgraduate teaching modules are: Gender, Sexuality and Violence and Comparative Youth Justice and Childhood, Rights and Justice. His current research includes the international comparative project Children of Imprisoned Parents. He works closely with community-based initiatives and is Chair of the Board of Include Youth. A founder member of INQUEST, in 2010 he was appointed by the UK Home Secretary to the Hillsborough Independent Panel.

Peter Shirlow

Dr Shirlow began his career as a geography lecturer but over time has moved towards issues such as violence and equality legislation. Most of his work has been dedicated to analysing republican and loyalist violence and in particular the transition out of violence undertaken by these groups. Dr Shirlow has also studied how the ‘Troubles’ has impacted upon everyday life in segregated communities throughout Northern Ireland. Pete has also studied issues of post-imprisonment among former political prisoners and analysed the construction of fear with regard to ethno-sectarianism. Dr Shirlow has edited two books (Who are the People? and Development Ireland) and has recently co-authored the book Belfast: Segregation, Violence and the City. He has also published in journals such as Political Geography, Environment and Planning A, Urban Studies, Antipode and Capital and Class. He is on the editorial boards of Capital and Class, Irish Political Studies and International Planning Review. Dr Shirlow has also worked on various projects funded by the ESRC, Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, Leverhume and OFM/DFM.

Gurchand Singh

Since 2007 Gurchand Singh has been responsible for the Garda Síochána Analysis Service, leading the development of the Service which supports operational and strategic policing. In this role Singh supports the investigation of serious crime, the management of volume crime, development of crime prevention strategies, and supporting roads policing. Previously Gurchand  has led various research teams in the Home Office in England and Wales covering a range of issues including race relations, community cohesion, volunteering and drugs and crime research. This has include the development of evidence bases to support policy, evaluation of interventions (including legislation), analysing national surveys (such as the Citizenship Survey) and the developing best practice guidelines. Gurchand oversaw evaluations in the priority and prolific offenders programme, anti-social behaviour orders, legislation on tackling racist incidents, and changes of licensing legislation in order to reduce violence in the night time economy.


Simon is a theology graduate of Hatfield College, Durham. Following graduation he continued his studies at the Irish School of Ecumenics (Trinity College, Dublin) where his M.Phil thesis examined the connections between the religious and political movements of Ian R K Paisley.  Simon is embarking on the third year of the part-time D.Crim.J at Portsmouth and is considering the relationship between the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the Orange Order.

John Topping

John is a lecturer in criminology at the University of Ulster and a member of the newly formed Centre for Policing and Security Studies.  He was awarded his PhD in criminology from UU, entitled ‘Beyond the Patten Report: The Governance of Security in Policing with the Community’, which explores the integration of community policing by PSNI with Northern Ireland’s vibrant civil sector – and specifically those groups and organisations who contribute to the broader policing landscape.  John also works as a consultant for the PSNI in the design and delivery of officer training; and sits on a project advisory panel for the Police Ombudsman.

Azrini Wahidin

Azrini Wahidin is a Reader in Criminology and Criminal Justice in the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work at Queen’s University Belfast. Her research  interests relate to the links between social exclusion, the ‘deviant’ body, crime and crime control, and social harm.  She has conducted extensive prisons research focusing on both prisoners and uniformed staff.  In particular her research has focused on elderly prisoners on both sides of the Atlantic; managing the needs of older offenders, the female prison estate, youth crime, theories of punishment, the lifer system and drugs in prison. She has recently completed studies on real work in prison, educational needs in prison, managing the needs of older offenders and the experiences and needs of women in prison. In addition, she has written in the areas of the body, time, sexuality, later life, feminist research methodology, particular the use of qualitative methods; research ethics and the politics of evaluation research.


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