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Dr Graham Ellison


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Email address g.ellison@qub.ac.uk
Telephone Direct Line (+44) 028 9097 3463
Room 28.203, 28 University Square


BA (Hons). Political Science and Sociology, Queen's University Belfast, DPhil University of Ulster


Graham Ellisoncompleted his undergraduate studies at Queen’s University in Political Science and Sociology and completed his DPhil at the University of Ulster (Jordanstown) in 1996. In 1997 he was appointed to the post of Lecturer in Criminology at Keele University, England and in September 2001 returned to Belfast to take up a Lectureship in the Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Queen’s University. Dr Ellison has completed an ESRC funded research project to investigate young people’s experiences of crime, policing and victimisation in Northern Ireland which resulted in a research report Young People, Crime and Policing in Northern Ireland. His research interests include policing in divided societies, crime prevention, ‘bottom up’ security governance, and more recently donor assistance to overseas policing missions and the transnational movement of ‘policing knowledges’ globally. He has also recently worked with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Ankara on a 2.2 million Euro project to make recommendations for the civilian oversight of the internal security sector in respect of Turkey’s reform commitments under EU accession criteria. His research has also looked critically and problematically at aspects of Northern Ireland’s police reform process and its increasing status as a model for overseas emulation. He has published in the British Journal of Criminology, the British Journal of Sociology, Police Quarterly, the Journal of Crime, Law and Social Change, Policing and Society and is the co-author (with Jim Smyth) of The Crowned Harp: Policing Northern Ireland, Pluto/University of Michigan Press (2000). He is currently working on a book for Palgrave Macmillan (with Nathan Pino) entitled Police Reform, Globalization and Development (September 2010) which examines the various impacts of overseas development assistance to police reform efforts in a number of post-conflict and transitional states .



     MSSc Criminology, MSSc Criminal Justice, MSSc/LLM Human Rights & Criminal Justice

     Theory and Practice in Criminology

     Elective Modules in Policing, Crime Prevention and Informal Justice



 Research  Policing in transitional and post-conflict states; international assistance to police reform; transnational policing; local security governance

Selected Publications

Globalization, Development and Police Reform: Doing it the Western way?  (with Nathan Pino), Palgrave Macmillan, (forthcoming Autumn 2010)

‘Criminal Justice in Northern Ireland’ (with A.Mulcahy) in A.Hucklesby & A.Wahidin (eds) Criminal Justice, Oxford: Oxford University Press

The Crowned Harp: Policing Northern Ireland (2000, with Jim Smyth) London: Pluto Press

 ‘Eye Spy private High: Reconceptualising High Policing Theory’ (with C.O’Reilly) British Journal of Criminology, 2006, Vol. 46, No.4, July pp.641-660


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