Graham Ellison


  • Room 05.010 - Main Site Tower

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am interested in supervising PhD projects on sex work / sex trafficking; policing, crime prevention and victimisation


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Personal profile

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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Research Output

A review of the criminalisation of the payment for sexual services in Northern Ireland

Ellison, G., Ni Dhonaill, C. & Early, E., 17 Sep 2019, Belfast: Queen's University Belfast. 177 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Open Access
  • 15 Downloads (Pure)

    Sex Work and Criminalisation

    McNaull, G., Ellison, G., Ni Dhonaill, C. & Killean, R., 03 Oct 2019

    Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products

    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)

  • 2 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
  • 9 Citations (Scopus)
    902 Downloads (Pure)

    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
  • 5 Citations (Scopus)
    855 Downloads (Pure)


    Journal of Political Power (Journal)

    Graham Ellison (Peer reviewer)


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

    Regulating Commercial Sex Symposium

    Graham Ellison (Organiser), & Tanya Serisier (Organiser)

    03 Mar 201604 Mar 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Clementina Salvi

    Graham Ellison (Host)

    01 Oct 201601 Dec 2016

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor

    Policing, sex work and hegemonic masculinity in Northern Ireland

    Graham Ellison (Speaker)

    03 Mar 201604 Mar 2016

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Hate Crime Legislation and Violence Against Sex Workers in Ireland

    Graham Ellison (Speaker), & Lucy Smith (Speaker)

    23 Jun 201624 Jun 2016

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    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


    From police to policing : "police reform in Northern Ireland and the vision of partnership"

    Author: Brunger, M., Dec 2011

    Supervisor: Ellison, G. (Supervisor) & Shirlow, P. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy