Graham Ellison


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Research Interests

I joined the School of Law at Queen's in September 2000 having previously worked in the Department of Criminology at Keele University, Staffordshire after finishing my PhD.  My research interests cover a number of areas including policing in Northern Ireland historically, colonial policing, the export of policing models to overseas jurisdictions (e.g. around community policing in particular) and also security sector reform and development on which i co-authored a book with Nathan Pino, Policing, Development and Globalisation: Doing it the Western Way?  I have also conducted crime and victimisation surveys including a victimisation survey of young people's experiences of crime in Northern Ireland and was involved (with Peter Shirlow) in the Greater New Lodge Community Crime Survey which assessed the attitudes of a post-conflict community to the PSNI among other things. 

More recently I have become interested in the policing and regulation of commerical sex and together with Ron Weitzer completed a four-city study funded by the British Academy / Leverhulme Trust in 2014. This study compared the regulation of commerical sex in four cities: Belfast, Manchester, Berlin and Prague.  Currently, I am researching the impact of Northern Ireland's sex purchase legislation for the Department of Justice and the report will be due by Summer 2019.

I am also interested in offending patterns among the military and have recently been given permission by British Army HQ to conduct a study investigating psychosocial maturity among young adult soldiers. 

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Projects 2009 2014

Research Output 1996 2019

Open Access

Crime and Development in the Global South

Blaustein, J., Pino, N. & Ellison, G., 2018, The Palgrave Handbook of Criminology and The Global South . Carrington, K., Hogg, R., Scott, J. & Sozzo, M. (eds.). london: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 205-233

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

8 Citations (Scopus)

Criminalising the payment for sex in northern ireland; sketching the contours of a moral panic

Ellison, G., Jan 2017, In : British Journal of Criminology. 57, 1, p. 194-214 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Northern Ireland
Human Trafficking
Sex Work
3 Citations (Scopus)

Drifters, Party Boys and Incumbents: The Life Patterns of Male Street-based Sex Workers

Ellison, G., 13 Jan 2017, In : Sociology. 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
decision making

Hate crime legislation and violence against sex workers in Ireland: Lessons in Policy and Practice

Ellison, G. & Smith, L., 29 Apr 2017, Critical Perspectives on Hate Crime: Contributions from the Island of Ireland . Amanda, H., Schweppe, J. & Taylor, S. (eds.). Springer, p. 179-207

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

hate crime

Activities 2001 2018

Journal of Political Power (Journal)

Graham Ellison (Peer reviewer)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

Hate Crime Legislation and Violence Against Sex Workers in Ireland

Graham Ellison (Speaker), Lucy Smith (Speaker)
09 Sep 201610 Sep 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Irish Commercial Sex Research Network (ICSRN) (External organisation)

Graham Ellison (Board Member)

Activity: Membership typesMembership of external research organisation

Policing, sex work and hegemonic masculinity in Northern Ireland

Graham Ellison (Speaker)
03 Mar 201604 Mar 2016

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Clementina Salvi

Graham Ellison (Host)
01 Oct 201601 Dec 2016

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor

Press / Media

RUC promotional film was 'far from reality, BBC News

Graham Ellison


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Law on sex work needs reform

Graham Ellison


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Other


Irish Sex Work Research Network

Graham Ellison (Participant)

Impact: Cultural Impact, Health Impact, Public Policy Impact, Societial Impact, Other Impact


A defined understanding of influence and practice in international policing missions in states of transition

Author: Kearney, J., Dec 2015

Supervisor: Ellison, G. (Supervisor) & Requa, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy