Recent PhD Graduates
Dr Marian Duggan ‘A queer place: Understanding lesbians’ and gay men’s lived experiences of homophobia in Northern Ireland’
Currently a Lecturer in Sheffield Hallam University
"I found Queen’s University Belfast to be world-class in its provision of research training, support and knowledge transfer to its doctoral students. The School of Law was wonderfully resourced place to work, with many opportunities to attend seminars and conferences with a wide range of people with different specialities. I benefitted greatly from my time as part of a strong research cohort at Queen’s and would recommend it to anyone who is thinking of getting the most out of their doctoral studies."
Dr Cheryl Lawther Unpicking the Opposition to Truth Recovery: Unionism and the Contested Past.
Currently a Research Fellow in the School of International Relations, University of St Andrews.
"Successfully completing my PhD at Queen's has provided an excellent foundation from which to develop my career. As a research student in the School of Law, I was supervised by leading academics and encouraged to publish my work, present at conferences and avail of Queen's extensive research training programmes. These experiences were, and will be, invaluable. I would not hesitate to recommend Queen's to any potential research students."
Dr Ciara Hackett
Dr Marie Lynch
Dr Yassin M'Boge 'A Constructive Relationship in Peace, Security and Justice: The United Nations Security Council and the International Criminal Court'
Currently a Research Fellow at University College Dublin working on International Criminal Courts and Tribunals and Evidence.
"The School of Law at Queen's was an ideal place to undertake my doctoral work. There was a wide array of research and teaching opportunities that I could engage in and be stimulated by. Above all, the support and supervision I have received at the School of Law was second to none and has positively shaped me both as a scholar and an advocate. Would I recommend the School of Law to anyone else? In a word, yes."
Dr Robert Barnidge, States, Terror Organisations and the Law of International Responsibility
Currently a Lecturer at the University of Reading
Dr Conor O’Reilly, The Role of Security Consultancy in Transnational Policing
Currently a ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow at Oxford University
Dr Nikolay Kovalev, Lay Adjudication Reform in Transitional Criminal Justice Systems of the Commonwealth of Independent States
Currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto
Dr Louise Mallinder, A Comparative Study of Amnesty Laws
Currently a lecturer at the University of Ulster
Dr Leanne Smith, The Problem of Parenting in Lesbian Families and Family Law
Currently a Lecturer at the University of Cardiff
Dr Anna Eriksson, The Role of Community Based Restorative Justice as an Alternative to Punishment Violence in Northern Ireland
Currently a Lecturer at University Of Monash, Australia
Dr Vicky Conway Socio-historical roots of police accountability problems in the Republic of Ireland
A former Lecturer in the School of Law, Queen's University Belfast
PhD Graduate Profile: Anna Eriksson
Anna Eriksson completed her PhD entitled Community Restorative Justice in Northern Ireland: Building Bridges and Challenging Cultures of Violence in July 2007. The same month she took up a permanent position as a Lecturer in Criminology at Monash University, in Melbourne Australia. She is now writing her first monograph, investigating competing modes of informal social control in relation to crime prevention and management and the community level, and, in extension, how formal partnerships emerge between formerly estranged communities and the criminal justice system in the transitional society.
During her PhD, Anna conducted research in Republican and Loyalist communities in Belfast, Derry, and Bangor. The absolute majority of people interviewed were political ex-prisoner and former combatants now involved in community restorative justice in these areas.
As part of the research, she also interviewed representatives from the Housing Executive, the Probation Board, the PSNI, the Youth Justice Agency, and a number of political parties (DUP, PUP, Sinn Fein, SDLP). She also collected quantitative data covering over 1,500 cases which had been dealt with by the restorative justice projects in Republican areas. The developments in Northern Ireland around community restorative justice were controversial, rapid, and highly politicised during the course of the research which added to the challenges of this project.
Six months after completion of the thesis, and during the field work which forms the basis of her monograph, the situation is less politically controversial, but no less exciting, in that community restorative justice, particularly in Republican areas, is one of the key agencies helping to facilitate the rapid changes this community is going through in relation to policing. A completely new relationship between Republican communities and the PSNI has to be built, and both the community and the police are finding this challenging to say the least. However, this is restorative justice in action, and a very exciting development to be part of, and hopefully it will make for interesting reading within the near future!
“The Institute for Criminology and Criminal Justice at Queen’s provided not only excellent supervision and support, but also plenty of opportunities for career development, including teaching, extra research, and training courses. It was a brilliant place to undertake doctoral research and has provided me with a very strong basis from which to further my career”