• Room 01.026 - Sociology and Social Work

    United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students


Research output per year

If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.

Personal profile

Research Statement

My research interests are in the fields of youth, social justice and criminal justice. I have a particular interest in in-depth qualitative research with marginalised groups, including those who have experience of care and/ or justice systems. My recent research projects include:

  • Youth Justice: Tracing the Review (August 2019-Oct 2020) - I am a co-investigator on this project commissioned by Include Youth, the Children's Law Centre, VOYPIC and NIACRO. Through documentary analysis and interviews with key stakeholders the research aims to examine progress on implementation of the NI Youth Justice Review (2009) recommendations, examining barriers and enablers to progress. The findings of the research will be used by the commissioning organisations to lobby for movement in the area of youth justice and children's rights.
  • Participation for Protection (Dec 2017-Nov 2019) - I am Principal Investigator on this international  project funded by the European Commission. Parners includes academic and research institutions and NGOs in: Austria (Ludwig Boltzmann Institut Fur Menschenrechte Forschungsverein), Belgium (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and Kenniscentrum Kinderrechten), Germany (Hochschule Rheinmain), the Republic of Ireland (NUI Galway), Romania (Universitatea Babes Bolyai) and the UK (QUB, Include Youth, University of Nottingham). The project adopts a child-rights based approach to developing training and resources for child victims of violence. Two children and young people's advisory groups work alongside the QUB team in desiging the research, making sense of findings and informing training resources.
  • Transgenerational Legacy and Young People (July 2018-Dec 2020) - I am a Co-Investigator on this project funded by the Commission for Victims and Survivors. Adopting a child-rights based approach it examines the impacts of conflict legacy on children and young people in Northern Ireland and the border regions of Ireland. The research engages with children and young people, parents, youth and community workers, departmental representatives and regional and statutory bodies. Two young people's advisory groups work alongside the QUB team on research design, analysis and dissemination.


I convene a number of undegraduate and postgraduate modules, including:

  • Youth and Social Justice
  • Qualitative Research in Childhood and Youth
  • Youth Justice Dissertation
  • Crime and the Media

I also contribute lectures to a range of modules including:

  • Themes and Issues in Social Policy
  • Exploring Criminology
  • Criminlogical Theory
  • Childhood and Youth Research in Practice
  • Perspectives in Childhood and Youth
  • Criminology/Sociology Dissertation Module


Adminstrative Duties and Membership

Senior Personal Tutor (2020-ongoing)

Programme Director BA Criminology (2017-2019)

Programme Director PG Dip/MSc in Youth Justice (2014-2019)

Member of the Centre for Children's Rights

Member of the Digital Literacies Faculty Working Group

Member of the Partnership Steering Group for the Peace IV funded Strive Programme 


Fingerprint Dive into the research topics where Siobhan McAlister is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • 24 Similar Profiles

Network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.


Research Output

Sexual Deviance in Prison: Queering Identity and Intimacy in Prison Research

Carr, N., Serisier, T. & McAlister, S., 30 Jun 2020, In : Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 4 Downloads (Pure)
    Open Access

    The Missing T: Baselining Attitudes Towards Transgender People in Northern Ireland

    Neill, G. & McAlister, S., Jun 2019, ARK. 4 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportOther report

    70 Downloads (Pure)

    UN Global Study on Children Deprived of their Liberty: Chapter 5: The Views and Experiences of Children

    Lundy, L., McAlister, S., Templeton, M., Kilkelly, U. & Forde, L., 20 Nov 2019

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

    Open Access

    Experiencing Paramilitarism: Understanding the Impact of Paramilitaries on Young People in Northern Ireland

    McAlister, S., Dwyer, C. & Carr, N., 24 Oct 2018, 8 p. (Centre for Children’s Rights Research Findings)

    Research output: Book/ReportOther report

    Open Access
    125 Downloads (Pure)


    STAR Performance Award

    McAlister, Siobhan (Recipient), 28 Nov 2018

    Prize: Other distinction


    Alternative University

    Siobhan McAlister (Speaker), & Gail Neill (Speaker)

    02 Mar 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Reel Life Data Project Group (External organisation)

    Siobhan McAlister (Member)


    Activity: Membership typesMembership of network

    Youth Action Northern Ireland (External organisation)

    Siobhan McAlister (Member)


    Activity: Membership typesMembership of network

    Launch event for EU Project Participation for Protection

    Karen Winter (Speaker), , Michelle Templeton (Speaker), , Siobhan McAlister (Speaker), , Laura Lundy (Speaker), , Kate Moffett (Speaker), , Paula Rodgers (Speaker), & Koula Yiasouma (Speaker)

    11 Nov 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    The State of Youth: Inequality, Insecurity and Transitions to Adulthood in the UK

    Siobhan McAlister (Invited speaker)

    09 Apr 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Press / Media

    Paramilitaries still cast shadow over lives of young people in Northern Ireland

    Siobhan McAlister, Clare Dwyer & nicola carr


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    'I had to undo eight years of being a woman': How LGBT prisoners are lost in the system

    Nicola Carr, Siobhan McAlister & Tanya Serisier


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    Association of YOT Managers Newsletter, May 2015

    Siobhan McAlister


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities