Lecturer in Psychology
School of Humanities - Arts
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Psychology, Criminology, Youth Justice, Prison reform, Prison education, Desistance, Penal philosophy
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.
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.
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.
Santander Scholarship Award 2017
2018 -Revalidation Paneliist for Prisoner Officer Training Northern Ireland
2018 - Stanford University D School project: IMPACT: Turaround Youth
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.
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
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
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.