Confirmed Speakers for IPGCC2017!

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Marguerite Schinkel will be our keynote speaker for the Irish Postgraduate Criminology Conference 2017. Dr. Nicola Carr and Dr. Niamh Maguire will also join us as plenary speakers. Please find details on each speaker below.

Keynote: Dr. Marguerite Schinkel

Marguerite Schinkel’s PhD (University of Edinburgh) examined how long-term prisoners give meaning to their sentence. She joined the University of Glasgow in October 2013 as an ESRC Future Leader Research Fellow. Her post-doctoral research examines how those who are caught in the revolving door of short-term prison sentences and offending give meaning to the accumulation of punishment in their lives.

Her main research interests are the experiences of those who are punished by the criminal justice system, the implications of these experiences for the philosophy and practice of punishment, how narratives are constructed and their impact on the way experiences are interpreted.

Both before and during her PhD Marguerite was a researcher at the Criminal Justice Social Work Development Centre for Scotland, where she worked on, amongst other things, the evaluation of Routes out of Prison – a peer-support project for short-term prisoners before and after their release.


Dr. Nicola Carr

Dr Nicola Carr is the Programme Director for Criminology in Queen’s University Belfast, where she has worked for the past number of years. She will join the University of Nottingham in January 2016 as an Associate Professor in Criminology. Her research areas include a focus on youth, conflict and justice. This encompasses themes of social justice, formal justice processes, and forms of ‘community’ justice. She has conducted research on young people’s transitions from custody, the experiences of young witnesses and young people’s understanding of the criminal records. She has recently completed a study entitled ‘Risks, Rights and Justice’ which has explored young people’s experiences of paramilitary violence in contemporary Northern Ireland.

Nicola’s other substantive research interest relates to penal institutions, penal politics and their cultural representations. She was a management committee member of a COST Action on Offender Supervision in Europe, where she led a research project using visual methods to explore the environments in which community sanctions are enacted. She has also conducted research on the role of probation in Northern Ireland in the context of political conflict and a study of the Rights, Needs and Experiences of LGBT prisoners. Nicola has recently been appointed editor of the Probation Journal.


Dr. Niamh Maguire

Dr Niamh Maguire is a Lecturer in Criminology at Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland. Niamh completed her undergraduate studies at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and later returned to TCD to complete her Doctor of Philosophy in 2008. She is professionally qualified as a barrister and also holds a M.Sc. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Edinburgh University. Niamh’s doctoral dissertation explored the practice and philosophy of punishment in Ireland focusing on the sentencing practices of Irish judges. Her research interests include understanding how different parties contribute to and experience the process of punishment as well as understanding the processes and philosophies underpinning specific punishment practices in comparative contexts. She is currently researching and publishing on a range of topics including penal decision-making, prison use, probation, community sanctions, offender supervision and comparative criminal justice systems.

Niamh is actively engaged with a number of local community organisations and is a Director of Treo Portlairge Ltd, an organization that helps young adults desist from crime. She was Co-Chair of the Decision Making and Offender Supervision Working Group of the COST Action IS1106 on Offender Supervision in Europe ( that ran from 2013 to 2016. She is also a member of the European Criminology Society’s Working Group on Community Sanctions and a co-founding member of its Working Group on Sentencing and Penal Decision Making. Niamh recently won an IRC New Foundations Award to hold Ireland’s first ever Autumn Criminology School for Doctoral Researchers which took place in September 2016. She is currently co-editing a book on “The Enforcement of Offender Supervision in Europe: Understanding Breach Processes” due to be published by Routledge in 2017.



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