PhD Graduates 2006 – 2007
Robert Barnidge, States, Terror Organisations and the Law of International Responsibility
Currently a Lecturer at the University of Reading
Conor O’Reilly, The Role of Security Consultancy in Transnational Policing
Currently a ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow at Oxford University
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
Louise Mallinder, A Comparative Study of Amnesty Laws
Currently a Postdoctoral Fellow , AHRC Funded project at Queen’s University Belfast
Leanne Smith, The Problem of Parenting in Lesbian Families and Family Law
Currently a Lecturer at the University of Cardiff
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
2007 Graduate Profile
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”