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Nicola Carr

BA (Herts), PGDip (TCD), Dip (IPA), PhD (TCD)
Lecturer in Criminology
Room 1.10, 2 College Park East
Tel: ++442890975965; e-mail:

I am professionally qualified as a Probation Officer, and have previously worked in both adult and youth services. I have been involved in a number of research projects that have explored aspects of transition and marginality including a study of youth homelessness (with Paula Mayock) and the first Irish study of the mental health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (with Paula Mayock, Audrey Bryan and Karl Kitching). I have also researched aspects of the child protection system including young people’s experiences (with Helen Buckley, Sadhbh Whelan and Clíona Murphy). My PhD research focussed on the Irish youth justice system and the treatment of minorities and was funded by a scholarship from the Irish Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences.  

I am a member of the European Society of Criminology's Working Group on Community Sanctions and I am involved in a COST Action exploring Offender Supervision in Europe.  I am also a member of the Editorial Commitee of the Irish Probation Journal and Eurovista a journal on probation in Europe. 

I am Chair of the Board of EPIC an independent organisation that works throughout the Republic of Ireland, with and for children and young people who are currently living in care or who have had an experience of living in care.

Research Interests:

Criminal justice: community justice, youth justice and transitions from the justice system. 

Practice cultures and experiences of service provision (welfare, justice and their intersections).


Social Work in Criminal Justice and the Courts 

Advanced Court Work Skills



Wahidin, A. & Carr, N. (2012) Understanding Criminal Justice. A Critical Introduction. London: Routledge

Peer-reviewed publications

Carr, N. & Maruna, S. (2012) 'Legitimacy through neutrality. Probation and the conflict in Northern Ireland. Howard Journal, 51,5: 474-487

Buckley, H.; Carr, N & Whelan, S. (2011) "‘Like walking on eggshells’: Service user views and expectations of the child protection system", Child and Family Social Work16,1:101-110

Carr, N. (2010) ‘Child Care (Amendment) Bill 2009—An attempt to arbitrate on a system’s logic.’ Irish Journal of Family Law, 13,3: 63-70

Buckley, H.; Whelan, S. & Carr, N. (2010) 'Like waking up in a Franz Kafka novel': Service users' experiences of the child protection system when domestic violence and acrimonious separations are involved.' Children and Youth Services Review 

Carr, N. (2009) ‘Guiding the GALS – A case of hesitant policy making in the Republic of Ireland.’ Irish Journal of Family Law, 3:60-71

Carr, N. (2008) 'Exception to the Rule? An exploration of the role of the High Court in Secure Care in Ireland.' Irish Journal of Family Law, 11, 4: 84-91

Book Chapters

Carr, N. (2012) 'Criminal and Juvenile Justice.' In: M.Gray, J. Midgley & S.A. Webb (Eds.) The Sage Handbook of Social Work. London: Sage

Carr, N. & Holt, S. (2010) ‘Outrageous Provocation? The media reporting of domestic violence in Ireland.’ In P. Share and M. Corcoran (Eds.) Ireland of the Illusions. A Sociological Chronicle 2007-2008. Dublin: Institute of Public Administration

Carr, N. & Mayock, P. (2008) 'Young People Negotiating Abusive Home Situations — Some Implications for Child Protection and Welfare'. In D. Lynch & K. Burns (Eds.) Child Protection and Welfare Social Work: A Changing Profession in a Changing Ireland. Dublin: A&A Farmar. pp. 167-179.

Research Reports

Hayes, D.; Bunting, L.; Lazenbatt, A., Carr, N. & Duffy, J. (2011) The Experiences of Young Witnesses in Criminal Proceedings in Northern Ireland. Belfast: Department of Justice

Mayock, P., Bryan, A., Carr, N., Kitching, K. (2009) Supporting LGBT Lives: A Study of the Mental Health and Well-Being of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people. Dublin: National Office of Suicide Prevention.

Buckley, H., Whelan, S., Carr, N., Murphy, C. (2008) Service Users' Perceptions of the Irish Child Protection System. Dublin: Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs.

Mayock, P., Carr, N. (2008) Not Just Homelessness... A Study of 'Out of Home' Young People in Cork City. Cork: Health Service Executive.