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    Research Statement

    My main research areas are youth offending, youth justice, domestic violence, youth homelessness and transitions from youth to adulthood. Much of my research to date has included in-depth qualitative research focussing on the lives of marginalized youth, often employing the biographical interview as the key research method. My current research projects include:

    • Transgenerational Legacy and Young People (July 2018-December 2020): I am a Co-Investigator on this project which is funded by the Commission for Victims and Survivors. The project adopts a child-rights based approach to examining the legacies of the Conflict, and their impacts, on children and young people in Northern Ireland and the border regions of Ireland.
    • Understanding Young People’s Experiences of Child-to-Parent Violence (August 2018-March 2021): I am Principal Investigator on this project which is funded by British Academy/Leverhulme. Utilising life history interviews with 20 young people, this project aims to provide an in-depth analysis of the experiences of young people engaging in violence and abuse directed towards their parents/guardians. A key aim of this study is to place the young person’s voice central to an analysis of CPV in order to inform and shape responses which acknowledge and engage with their capacity for change.  

    Previous research has included: my PhD research (completed in 2011) which provided a biographical analysis of the offending careers of young people in contact with criminal justice agencies in Dublin; From Boys to Men Project (led by Prof. David Gadd, University of Manchester) – a mixed methods study exploring young people’s experiences of domestic violence; and, a qualitative longitudinal study on the lives of homeless youth (led by Dr. Paula Mayock, Trinity College Dublin), examining their pathways into, through and out of homelessness.


    I joined the School in July 2015 and currently convene two modules:

    Youth Crime and Criminal Justice

    Youth Justice: Theory, Law and Practice

    I have also contributed to the following modules:

    Perspectives on Childhood and Youth

    Childhood and Youth Research in Practice

    Youth and Social Justice

    Research Project and Dissertation

    Youth Justice Dissertation

    Development of Policing

    Criminological Theory

    Social Work in Criminal Justice and the Courts


    I am interested in supervising students in the following areas: youth offending, youth justice, offending careers, experiences of marginalised youth, domestic violence, biographical research, homeless and housing careers.  


    Co-Programme Director PgDip/MSc in Youth Justice

    Member of the Centre for Children's Rights

    Member of the School Athena SWAN Self Assessment Team

    Member of the School Ethics Committee

    Willingness to take PhD students


    PhD projects

    Youth offending
    Youth justice and young people in conflict with the law
    Offending Careers
    Biographical Research
    Domestic violence
    Experiences of marginalised youth
    Homelessness and housing careers

    Frequent Journals

    • Journal of Youth Studies

      ISSNs: 1367-6261

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1469-9680


      Scopus rating (2018): SJR 1.001 SNIP 1.46


    • Legal and Criminological Psychology

      ISSNs: 1355-3259


      Scopus rating (2018): SJR 1.034 SNIP 1.207


    • Child and Family Social Work

      ISSNs: 1356-7500

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1365-2206


      Scopus rating (2018): SJR 0.895 SNIP 1.126


    • Housing Studies

      ISSNs: 0267-3037

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1466-1810


      Scopus rating (2018): SJR 1.511 SNIP 1.307


    • Youth Justice: An International Journal

      ISSNs: 1473-2254

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1747-6283

      SAGE Publications Inc.

      Scopus rating (2018): SJR 0.464 SNIP 0.662


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