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Siobhan McAlister

Lecturer in Criminology
Room 01.026, 6 College Park
Ext: 5918; Email: s.mcalister@qub.ac.uk

BSc (Hons) Criminology (University of Teesside)
PgDip Social Research Methods (University of Teesside)
PhD (University of Teesside)

My main areas of interest are in the broad field of youth studies, with a particularly focus on ‘marginalised youth’ and young people in conflict with the law. I am interested in how the behaviours and outcomes of some young people come to be defined as ‘deficient’, ‘deviant’, ‘anti-social’ or ‘criminal’, and the impacts of this on their life experiences and opportunities. Related to this, I am interested in how social, political, institutional and spatial processes impact of the lives of young people and particular groups of them.

My most recent research examined the impacts and legacies of the Conflict on children and young people living in areas of deprivation in Northern Ireland. Key areas of analysis included: space and place; young people and policing; segregation and sectarianism; violence in the context of conflict of marginalisation. Prior to this I worked as a Researcher in the Gender Equality Unit of YouthAction Northern Ireland on a Feminist Participatory Action Research. This aimed to provide an account of the lives of young women in post-ceasefire Northern Ireland while also highlighting areas for programme development.  I have also been involved in research on Children’s Rights in Northern Ireland and on the transitions of marginalised youth in the Northeast of England.

I have an interest in the social as well as criminal justice issues and work closely with voluntary and community agencies to exchange information, knowledge and research for the purpose of advocacy. I am a member of Headliners Foyle Steering Group and the Childhood, Transition and Social Justice Initiative.

Teaching

Contributions to:

Introduction to Criminology
Criminological Theory
Exploring Crime
Understanding Society

Module Convenor:

Crime and the Media
Youth and Adolescent Perspectives

Research interests

Youth crime and justice; criminalisation and regulation; gender; space and place; youth employment and unemployment; qualitative research methods.

Publications

Book/ Journals Articles

Haydon, D., McAlister, S. & Scraton, P. (2012, forthcoming) ‘Young people, conflict and regulation’ Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 51.

McAlister, S., Scraton, P. & Haydon, D. (2011) ‘Place, territoriality and young people’s identity in the “new” Northern Ireland’ in B. Goldson (ed.) Youth in Crisis? ‘Gangs’, Territoriality and Violence. London: Routledge (pp89-109).

McAlister, S., Scraton, P. & Haydon, D. (2010) ‘“Insiders” and “outsiders”: young people, place and identity in Northern Ireland’ Shared Space, 9: 69-83.

McAlister, S. & Neill, G. (2009) ‘The L Pack: addressing the sexual health needs of young lesbians’ Child Care in Practice, 15 (3): 209-226.

Davey, C., Dwyer, C. & McAlister, S. (2009) ‘Case study: researching children’s rights in the context of Northern Ireland’ in K. Tisdall, J. Davis and M. Gallagher (eds.) Researching with Children and Young People: Research Design, Methods and Analysis. London: Sage (pp29-39).

McAlister, S. (2008) ‘Predictable pathways: negotiating risk in the context of marginalisation and social exclusion’ Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 20 (1): 14-28.

McAlister, S. & Neill, G. (2007) ‘Young women’s positive and negative perceptions of self in Northern Ireland’ Child Care in Practice, 13 (2): 167-184.

Mullan, C., McAlister, S., Rollock, F. & Fitzsimons, L. (2007) ‘“Care just changes your life”: factors impacting on the mental health of children and young people in care in Northern Ireland’ Child Care in Practice, 13 (4): 417-434.

Kilpatrick, R., McCartan, C., McAlister, S. & McKeown, P. (2007) ‘“If I’m brutally honest research has never appealed to me …”: the problems and successes of a peer research project’ Education Action Research Journal,15 (3): 351-369.

Percy, A., McAlister, S., Higgins, K., McCrystal, P. & Thornton, M. (2005)
‘Response consistency in young adolescents’ drug use self-reports: a recanting rate analysis’ Addiction, 100 (2): 189-196.

Reports

McAlister, S., Haydon, D. and Scraton, P. (2011) Formative Evaluation of PlayBoard’s Play Advocacy Programme: Interim Report. Belfast: Childhood, Transition and Social Justice Initiative.

Haydon, D., McAlister, S. & Scraton, P. (2010) Childhood in Transition: Summary of Research Findings for Children and Young People. Belfast: Childhood, Transition and Social Justice Initiative.
 
McAlister, S., Scraton, P. & Haydon, D. (2009) Childhood in Transition: Experiencing Marginalisation and Conflict in Northern Ireland. Belfast: Queen’s University, Save the Children and Prince’s Trust.

Haydon, D. & McAlister, S. (2009) An Independent Analysis of Responses to the Department of Education’s ‘Priorities for Youth’ Consultation. Belfast: DENI.

McAlister, S., Gray, A. & Neill, G. (2007) Still Waiting: The stories behind the statistics of young women growing up in Northern Ireland. Belfast: YouthAction Northern Ireland.

Mullan, C., Rollock, F., McAlister, S. & Fitzsimons, L. (2007) “Don’t be so formal, I’m normal”: A research report on the mental health of looked after children/care leavers in Northern Ireland. Belfast: VOYPIC.

McAlister, S. (2006) A Report on the Training Needs and Experiences of Youth Workers, Volunteers and Young Leaders in the Cross Border Areas of Ireland. Belfast: YouthAction Northern Ireland.

Davey, C., Dwyer, D., McAlister, S., Kilkelly, U., Kilpatrick, R., Lundy, L., Moore, L. & Scraton, P. (2005) An Analysis of Research Conducted with School Children into Children’s Rights in Northern Ireland. Belfast: Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People.

Davey, C., Dwyer, D., McAlister, S., Kilkelly, U., Kilpatrick, R., Lundy, L., Moore, L. & Scraton, P. (2004) Children’s Rights in Northern Ireland, 2004: Young People’s Version. Belfast: Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People.

Kilkelly, U., Kilpatrick, R., Lundy, L., Moore, L., Scraton, P., Davey, C., Dwyer, D. & McAlister, S. (2004) Children’s Rights in Northern Ireland, 2004. Belfast: Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People.