Dr Christina Quinlan

Job: VC2020 Lecturer in Criminology and Social Justice

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 201 3925

E: christina.quinlan@dmu.ac.uk



Personal profile

Dr. Christina Quinlan is a VC2020 Lecturer in Criminology and Social Justice at De Montfort University. She has a background in social research and she has worked in Britain and Ireland as a social scientist in third level education and in the community and voluntary sector. Her areas of interest include gender, crime and punishment, media and communications, and social research methods. She has written extensively on women and criminal justice, social control and the state, research methodologies, feminist methodologies, visual methods, action research and ethnography. She was a founding member of the Irish Media Research Network and she was for four years a member of the board of the Sociological Association of Ireland. She has long been an activist in penal reform and worked with Women in Prison Reform Alliance, a sub-group of Irish Penal Reform Trust, highlighting the needs of women in criminal justice systems while advocating for radical policy change. She is a judge on the Social Sciences Panel of The Undergraduate Awards.

Key research outputs

  • 2016, ‘Women, Prison and Social Control’, chapter in ‘The Routledge Handbook of Irish Criminology’.
  • 2015, ‘Business Research Methods’, with Zikmund, W., Babbin, B, Carr, J., and Griffin, M., Pub. South Western Cengage, Andover.
  • 2013, The needs of women in the criminal justice system: proposals for radical reform’, with Mulcahy J., for Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) and the Women in Prison Reform Alliance (WIPRA), submission to the joint Irish Prison Service and Irish Probation Service Action Plan for Women Offenders. http://www.iprt.ie/contents/2540
  • 2011, Inside: Ireland’s Women’s Prisons, Past and Present’, Pub. Irish Academic Press.
  • 2011, ‘Business Research Methods’ Pub. South Western Cengage Learning, Andover.

Research interests/expertise

  • Gender, Crime and Justice
  • Women and Criminal Justice
  • Social Control and the State
  • Research Methodologies
  • Feminist Methodologies
  • Visual Methods
  • Ethnography


  • PhD, Grad. Dip. Stats, MSc, BSc

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Association Name, period start, period end, description
  • British Society of Criminology
  • American Society of Criminology
  • Irish Criminology Research Network
  • Irish Penal Reform Trust
  • British Sociological Association

Conference attendance

Plenary Lectures

  • 2011 It’s different for girls’, 7th Annual Irish Criminology Conference, Institute of Technology, Sligo, June 23.

Invited Lectures/Roundtables

  • 2014 Methods and Methodologies’, invited lecture, MEDTECH: Educational and research partnership in medicine, biomedicine and medical equipment, Masarysk University, Brno, Czech Republic, March 7th.
  • 2013 A social scientist in the women’s prisons’, invited presentation, Pandora’s Box @ The Duke, Duke St., Dublin, June 25.
  • 2012 Experiences of women in prison in Ireland: comparisons with the global' , roundtable discussion, The American Society of Criminology Conference, Chicago, USA, Nov 14-17.
  • 2011 Prison Reform in India, a female perspective’ , roundtable discussion, School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies, (SALIS), Dublin City University, February 15.
  • 2007 Writing Research’ , The Law Reform Commission, Dublin, January 14.
  • 2007 Women’s Experiences of Imprisonment in Ireland’ , Women’s Studies, University of Limerick, March 23.
  • 2007 Image-based Research, a project in the women’s prisons’ , School of Nursing, DCU, May 17.
  • 2006 Sad, Mad or Bad: The Women We Imprison’ , Institute of Technology, Sligo, January 31.
  • 2006 Women’s Experiences of Prison in Ireland’ , Dept of Sociology, University of Limerick, April 20.

Conference Papers

  • 2014 A Quest for a Methodology in End of Life Research’ , British Sociological Association Annual Conference, University of Leeds, 23-25 April.
  • 2012 Posters, Papers, Photographic Exhibitions, Press Articles and Publications:
  • Getting the word out on the experiences of women in prison in Ireland’ , Public
  • Ethnography: Connecting New Genres, New Media, New Audience Conference,
  • Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, June 1-2.
  • 2009 Women in Prison in Ireland’ , Imprisonment and the Irish Conference, Mater Dei College, Dublin, September 4-5.
  • 2007 Mediated Identities and the Female Prison Subject’, British Sociological Association Annual Conference, University of East London, April 12 – 14.
  • 2006 Objects of Affection: Baudrillard and the Experience of Community in the Irish Female Prison’ , Sociological Association of Ireland Conference, Sligo, May 5-7.
  • 2006 Counter-Culture: Ireland in late modernity’ , Eighth Annual Grian Conference, Glucksman Ireland House, New York, March 3-5.
  • 2006 Women in Prison in Ireland: a (finally) completed PhD’ , Sociology Association of Ireland Postgraduate Conference, Dept. of Sociology, University College Cork, January 14.
  • 2005 Hucksters, Whores and Hopeless Cases: A History of Women Imprisoned in Ireland ’, British Society of Criminology Annual Conference, Leeds, UK, July, 12-14.
  • 2005 Strung Out and Banged Up: Addiction and Women in Prison in Ireland’ , A Cross-National Dialogue about what works with female Offenders, Prato, Italy, June 20-22.
  • 2005 Sexuality and Women in Prison in Ireland’ , Gender and Memory: Women’s Research Network Conference, University of Limerick, June 8-9.
  • 2005 The Discursive Production of the Female Criminal Subject’, New Research in Irish Feminism, Women’s Studies Centre, Trinity College Dublin, April 9.
  • 2005 Private Troubles-Public Issues: Female Criminality in Ireland A Perspective from the Women’s Prisons’ Sociological Association of Ireland Annual Conference, Nenagh, April 22-24.
  • 2004 Cultures and Subcultures: Women in Prison in Ireland’ Joint Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, DCU, fourth interdisciplinary conference, The Local and the Global: Contested Terrains, September 24-25.
  • 2004 Culture and Identity: The Irish Female Prison’ Sociological Association of Ireland, Fourth Annual Post-Graduate Sociological Imaginations’ Conference, The School of Sociology and Social Policy, The Queen’s University, Belfast, September 11.
  • 2004 Constructing Subjectivities: Women in Prison in Ireland’ British Society of Criminology annual Conference, University of Portsmouth, July 6-9.
  • 2004 Old Structures for New: Women in Prison in Ireland’ Societies of Criminology 1 st Key Issues Conference, Paris Renaissance Hotel, Paris, France, May 13–15.
  • 2004 Theoretical Underpinnings of a Study of the Identities of Women in Prison’ Sociological Association of Ireland Conference, Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone, April 23–25.
  • 2003 Ireland: The Women we Imprison’ British Society of Criminology Annual Conference, University of Wales, Bangor, June 24-26.
  • 2003 Constructing Identity: The press and women in prison in Ireland ’ Sociological Association of Ireland Conference, Slieve Russell Hotel, Ballyconnell, Co. Cavan April 25-27.
  • 2003 International Women and the Irish Female Prison’ Migrant Women Transforming Ireland Conference, Trinity College, Dublin, March 20-21.
  • 2002 South African Women and the Irish Female Prison’ South Africa Week, The Helix, DCU, November 26-30.
  • 2002 Women in Prison in Ireland: An Untold Story ’, Women’s History Conference: St Mary’s University, Halifax, Canada, August 21-24.
  • 2002 Crossing Borders: International Drug Couriers and the Irish Female Prison’ , British Society of Criminology Annual Conference, Keele University, July 17-20.
  • 2002 Media Culture and Representation - Women in Prison: what the papers say’ Gender, Sexuality and the Law Conference, Keele University, UK, June 28-30.
  • 2002 Women in Prison and the Society Imprisoning Them’ , Cultures in Conflict: Joint Faculty of Humanities, DCU, third interdisciplinary conference, St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, February 22-23.
  • 2001 Methodological Issues in Using a Photographic Method with Imprisoned Women’, Sociological Imaginations’, Sociological Association of Ireland Post Graduate Conference, TCD, September 14-15.

Professional esteem indicators


  • Christina is a reviewer for the journal Gender, Place & Culture, A Journal of Feminist Geography.
  • She is a judge on the Social Sciences panel of The Undergraduate Awards.
  • She is a research supervisor with The Griffins Society


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