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Nicola Carr

Dr Nicola Carr


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Research Statement

Nicola is the Programme Director for Criminology and Co-Director of the MSc in Youth Justice.  She is professionally qualified as a Probation Officer and prior to joining Queen’s she worked in Youth Offending Teams in London. Her main research areas are youth justice, probation and community sanctions. She is particularly interested in young people’s experiences of justice both through formal systems (welfare and justice) and within their communities. Nicola’s PhD research (completed in 2011), explored the recent history of the youth justice system in the Republic of Ireland, with a particular focus on the reconfiguration of child custody provision in the context of the retraction of the Industrial and Reformatory School system. Along with colleagues she is currently working on a number of research projects including a study funded by the British Academy on young people’s experiences of paramilitary violence in Northern Ireland. This research is exploring young people’s continued experiences of violence within their communities in the context of  a ‘post-conflict’ society. She is also involved in a qualitative longitudinal study of young people’s transitions from custody and research exploring the use of pre-sentence reports in courts.  In November 2014 Nicola was appointed by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (ROI) to the Advisory Council for the National Policy Framework for Children and Young People (2014-2020).  


Social Work in Criminal Justice and the Courts

Programme Director Criminology

MSc Youth Justice 


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