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Research Interests

Gillian is a Research Fellow in  the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work and co-facilitates the 'Learning Together' project in Hydebank Wood Secure College. Her current ESRC project 'Coping with Covid in Prisons', in partnership with User Voice, uses a Participatory Action Research framework to co-produce research design and analysis with current and formerly incarcerated people. She has recently completed an Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission funded project with the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, 'Death Investigation, Coroners' Inquests and the Rights of the Bereaved' which explored the experience of inquests in Ireland.

Her previous Research Fellowship in the School of Law critically examined the institutional reform of the Northern Ireland Prison Service, locating the change programme within the broader context of devolution and the political economy. Gillian's PhD used original empirical research to examine the gendered experience of custodial remand using a critical feminist perspective. She explores the criminalisation of women and the harms of imprisonment.

More broadly Gillian's research and activism focuses on prison abolition, transformative justice, the political economy of imprisonment and the harms of criminal justice and court decision-making. In addition, with an extensive background in the third-sector, she is interested in the penal voluntary sector and its implementation.

Gillian has an extensive lecturing portfolio, having recently convened the UG modules 'Punishment, Prison and Penal Policy', 'Crime and Society' and 'Criminal Justice in Transition' and has experience of lecturing across a wide range of cross-disciplinary UG and PG modules.


Punishment, Penal Policy and Prisons (UG Level 3) (Module Convenor)

Learning Together (UG Level 3) (Co-facilitator)

Crime and Society (UG Level 2) (Module Convenor)

Criminal Justice in Transition (UG Level 2) (Module Convenor)

Exploring Criminology (UG Level 1)

Criminal Justice Processes (PG)

Crime, Justice and Society (PG)

In addition Gillian has an extensive background in the delivery of professional intra-organisational training, as well as in facilitation of inter-organisation awareness and outreach sessions.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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