Shadd Maruna


  • Room 02.024 - Sociology and Social Work

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

- Uses and Misuses of the Antisocial Personality Disorder/psychopathy labels in criminal justice
- Ex-Prisoner organisations and social movement theory
- When social elites are imprisoned
- Parole board decision making and desistance signaling
- Prisons and higher education
- Desistance and recovery from addiction
- Restorative justice and critical criminology
- Rehabilitative culture in prisons and beyond

1997 …2023

Research activity per year

Personal profile


Desistance from crime, offender reintegration, penal reform, narrative methodology


"Reintegration After Prison" a Learning Together (NI) course involving 3rd year SSESW students from QUB and Hydebank Wood College

Also responsible for the 3rd year "Research Dissertation" module

Research Statement

Prior to moving to Queen's, Shadd Maruna has been a lecturer at the University of Cambridge and the University of Manchester, and a Dean of the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice (US). 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  (ASC) in 2001. He has been a Fulbright Scholar, a Soros Justice Fellow, and an H. F. Guggenheim Fellow, and has received research funding from the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, the ESRC, and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, among other sources. He has received awards from the Howard League for Penal Reform and from the ESRC for the impact of his research on challenging the prison and probation systems. He has authored or edited six books and over 85 articles and book chapters since 1997. For a complete list with citations, etc, See


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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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  • Foreword

    Maruna, S., 01 Jan 2023, The journey from prison to community. developing identity, meaning and belonging with men in the UK. Shingler, J. & Stickney, J. (eds.). CRC Press / Balkema, p. xviii-xx 3 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingForeword/postscript

  • Foreword

    Maruna, S., 27 Oct 2023, Social rehabilitation and criminal justice. Coppola, F. & Martufi, A. (eds.). CRC Press / Balkema, p. xiv-xvi 3 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingForeword/postscript

  • Foreword: Wicked problems, not wicked people

    Maruna, S., 01 Jan 2023, Preventing prison violence: an ecological perspective. Tamatea, A. J., Day, A. J. & Cooke, D. J. (eds.). CRC Press / Balkema, p. xii-xiv

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingForeword/postscript

    1 Citation (Scopus)
  • LawPod: Making the world strange and more with Prof Reuben Miller

    Degenhardt, T., Maruna, S., Miller, R. J. & Summerville, R., 20 Apr 2023

    Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products

    Open Access
    3 Downloads (Pure)
  • Foreword

    Maruna, S., 30 Nov 2022, Challenging bias in forensic psychological assessment and testing: theoretical and practical approaches to working with diverse populations. Liell, G. C., Fisher, M. J. & Jones, L. F. (eds.). Routledge, p. xxii-xxiii

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingForeword/postscript