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Ms. Keira Flanagan BA, MSc, PGDE

Title:

Lecturer in Psychology

School/ Department:

School of Humanities - Arts

Telephone:

+353 0 51845539

Room Name/ Num:

C210 Convent Building

Campus:

College Street

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My Biography

Research Interests

Psychology, Criminology, Youth Justice, Prison reform, Prison education, Desistance, Penal philosophy

Education

2013 -  2019                            PhD at Queens University Belfast.           

2009 -  2010                            Postgraduate Diploma in Education at the University of Glasgow. 

2008 - 2009                             MSc at the University of Glasgow. 

2005 - 2008                             BA (Hons) at the University College of Cork.

Research

Research Interests:

Keira is currently enrolled in the Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Social work at Queen's University Belfast PhD programme under the supervision of Dr. Michelle Butler and Dr. Siobhan McAllister. She is carrying out a primarily qualitative study exploring the impact of Secure Training Colleges in promoting desistance among imprisoned young men. 

Research experience:

Interpretative phenomenological analysis, Thematic analysis, Mixed methods research design, Qualitative studies, Quantitative studies, Systematic literature reviews, Questionnaire design, Computerised Psychological tests, Research ethics for projects involving vulnerable participants.

Research Scholarships:

Santander Scholarship Award 2017

Research Impact:  

2018 -Revalidation Paneliist for Prisoner Officer Training Northern Ireland

2018 - Stanford University D School project: IMPACT: Turaround Youth

Teaching

2010 - Present     Lecturer in Psychology, Department of Applied Arts, Waterford Institute of Technology

Keira teaches on the BA (H) Psycholgoy and  service teaches across a number of other courses including the BA (H) Arts, BA (H) Criminal Justice, BA (H) Social Care, BA (H) Early Childhood Studies.

Keira lectures in developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, social psychology, statistical design and analyses and social reserach methods. She has also supervised a number of undergraduate research dissertations.      

2016 - Present    International Programme Coordinator    

Waterford Institute of Technology = University College Leuven Limberg         

2013 - 2015         Course Instructor at the Centre for Gifted and Talented Youth, Dublin City University

Keira has lectured on the Behavioural Psychology, Social Psychology and Criminology summer programmes.

2013 - 2014         Distance Tutor at Oscail, Dublin City University  

Keira worked as a distance course tutor on the developmental and educational psychology module for the BA (H) Psychology programme. 

Professional

Memberships 

European Society of Criminology Working Group on Prison Life and Effects of Prison

Association for Cirminal Justice Research and Development working Group on Education

Criminology Association of Ireland

Irish Postgraduate Criminology Research Network

Irish Penal Reform Trust

Children's Research Network Ireland and Northern Ireland

Prison Learner Academic Network within the Prisoner's Education Trust

Conference Presentations and Papers

Publications:

Flanagan, K. and Butler, B. (2018) "Transforming Hydebank Wood Young Offender's Centre into a Secure Training College." Queen's University Belfast, March 2018.

Marie- Therese Reichenbach, Sabine Bruns (Eds.) (2018) Resocialisierung neu denken. Wiedereingliederung straffällig gewordener Menschen als gesamtgesellschaftliche Aufgabe [Rethinking social rehabilitation. Reintegration of people who have committed crimes as a task for society as a whole] 2. Edititon. Freiburg i. Br.: Lambertus

Papers:

Flanagan, K. (2018) “ The Changing Nature of Carceral Spaces in Northern Ireland: Organisational Change and Social Capital” presented at the Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, at University of Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina, 30th August 2018.

Flanagan, K (2017) ‘Prison Education in Northern Ireland’ presented at a seminar series, organised as part of Santander international collaboration scholarship at University of Cologne, 18th July 2017. 

Flanagan, K (2017) ‘Desistance and Identity’ presented at the University of Georgia summer school, at Waterford Institute of Technology, 10th July 2017.

Flanagan, K (2017) ‘A Comparison of the Legal Framework of Custody for Young People in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland’ presented at the University of Wisconsin summer school, at Waterford Institute of Technology, 24th May 2017.

Flanagan, K (2017) ‘The Importance of Positive Identity in Prison’ roundtable discussion given at the European Society of Criminology’s working group on Prisons and Prison Life conference at University of Cologne, 24th March 2017. 

Flanagan, K (2017) ‘Reforming Hydebank Wood: Transforming a Young Offender’s Centre into a Secure College paper presented at the European Society of Criminology’s working group on Prisons and Prison Life conference at University of Cologne, 24th March 2017. 

Co-hosted the ‘Prison and Justice Conference’ and chaired the ‘Prison Education’ session of same, at Queens University Belfast, 13th March, 2017

Flanagan, K (2017) ‘Learning to Desist?: Prison Education and Secure Colleges’, paper presented to the Prison and Justice Conference at Queens University Belfast, 13th March, 2017

Flanagan, K (2017) Chaired the ‘Prison Education’ session and sat on the Conference committee for the Prison and Justice Conference at Queens University Belfast, 13th March, 2017.

Flanagan, K. (2017) “Desistance Theory”, paper presented on the LLM (Masters in Law) programme, School of Law and Government at Dublin City University, 8th March, 2017.

Flanagan, K. (2017) “Unlocking Potential?: Prison reform at Hydebank Wood College”, paper presented on the B.A. Child and Youth Studies course at University College Leuven Limburg, Social School Heverlee, 21st February, 2017.

Flanagan, K. (2016) “Can Secure Colleges tackle the Revolving Door”, paper presented on “Punishment, Penal Policy and Prisons” 3rd year module on the B.A. Criminology courses at Queen’s University Belfast, School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, 24th October, 2016.

Flanagan, K. (2015) “An investigation into the impact of education and vocational programmes on the process of desistance in imprisoned young people”, paper presented to the QUB School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work Annual Post-Graduate Conference, 26-27th March, 2015, viewed 26th March 2015.