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Mission of the ICCJ

The mission of the ICCJ can be stated in the following terms:

  • To conduct, encourage and stimulate high quality research into crime and offending both in Northern Ireland but also further afield;
  • To identify models of best practice in criminological theorising and to use this wherever possible to inform policy;
  • To engage with various stakeholder groups including statutory agencies, the legal profession and groups drawn from civil society and the voluntary sector;
  • To contribute to teaching excellence across the various Criminology / Criminal Justice programmes and to incorporate research led teaching into the curriculum where appropriate;
  • To encourage the development of criminology as a discipline within the University and emphasise its continued relevance to incoming and current students.


While the ICCJ is formally housed in the School of Law its membership includes researchers and scholars from across the University but primarily from the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work (SSESW) with which the ICCJ has a formal working relationship. Currently around half the membership of the ICCJ is drawn from the SSESW.

The ICCJ has also enjoyed collaborative partnerships with other criminological research centres both nationally and internationally including those at Cambridge (UK), Edinburgh, Dublin and Rutgers (US).

Members of the ICCJ are also represented in national and international criminology networks such as the British Society of Criminology, the Irish Criminology Research Network, the European Society of Criminology and the American Society of Criminology. The Northern Ireland regional group of the British Society of Criminology is hosted by the ICCJ.  Overall, the ICCJ has at its core a commitment to the interdisciplinary study of criminology and criminal justice from a range of perspectives including those of law, sociology and psychology among others.

The oversight and governance of the ICCJ is provided by the School of Law through its committee structure and in particular the School’s Research Committee. However, the day to day work of the ICCJ such as event planning and collaborative research engagement is the responsibility of an ICCJ Executive Committee comprising the Director, Co-Director and at least four ICCJ members, two each drawn from the School of Law and the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work. 

Current membership of the ICCJ

Executive Committee

Professor Graham Ellison (Director)

Professor Shadd Maruna (Co-Director)

Executive Committee membership to be confirmed.  


Dr Michelle Butler

Dr Mary-Louise Corr

Dr Teresa Degenhardt

Dr Sarah Jankowitz

Dr Siobhan McAlister

Dr Gillian McNaull

Dr Aisling McLaughlin

Dr Andrew Percy

Dr John Topping

Professor Kieran McEvoy

Dr Clare Dwyer

Dr Anna Bryson

Dr Rachel Killean

Dr Alesandro Corda

Dr Kevin Brown

Professor Anne Marie McAlinden

Dr Amanda Kramer

Dr Yassin Brunger

Dr John Stannard

Dr Cheryl Lawther

Professor John Morison

Dr John Karamichas

Dr Lauren Dempster

Dr Eithne Dowds

Dr Luke Moffett

Dr Conor McCormick

Dr Ade Olayode

Dr Elizabeth Agnew