Dr Caitlin Gormley

Lecturer in Criminology
Research Staff
Phone number:
0141 330 7322
Room 206, Ivy Lodge, 63 Gibson Street, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8LR

Caitlin Gormley is a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Glasgow. She holds a PhD in Criminology, an MRes in Criminology, and MA (hons) in Sociology, Anthropology and Hispanic Studies all from the University of Glasgow. She spent some time during her doctoral studies as a visiting researcher at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Her doctoral research focused on the ways in which people with learning disabilities experience, make sense of, and adapt to being in prison. Her wider research interests are around prisons and the experience of carceral punishment, inequality and discrimination of marginalised populations within the criminal justice system, and inclusive research practices.

She has also carried out commissioned research on mental health diversion from prosecution in Scotland for SAMH and the Centre for Mental Health, and has done consultancy work with the Prison Reform Trust.

Caitlin previously worked within prison-based learning centres teaching sociology and English, supporting those studying Open University degrees, and supporting women with learning disabilities and/or specific learning difficulties to access education and wellbeing opportunities while in prison.

Caitlin is also on the editorial team for Criminology & Criminal Justice.

Working pattern : Tuesday to Thursday, 9am to 5pm.

Keywords: Learning disabilities/difficulties; offenders; prison

Recent publications

Gormley, C. (forthcoming) Community Triage and Diversion: Getting it Right 24/7. Prison Reform Trust Briefing Paper.

Gormley, C. (forthcoming) A social relational approach to cognitive impairment incarcerated. In D. Moran and A. Schliehe (eds) ‘Confined places, secure spaces: The spatialisation of studies of confinement’ (Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology) London: Palgrave MacMillan.

Gormley, C., McBride, M., Armstrong, S. and Atkinson, C. (2015) Hate Crime in Scotland – Scoping Study. SCCJR Briefing paper.

Gormley, C. (2013) ‘Mapping of Active Criminal Justice Diversion Schemes for Those with Mental Health Problems in Scotland’, SCCJR Report No. 05/13

Gormley, C. (2013) ‘Can the social construction of crime be understood without considering the power relationships generated by social division?’ Scottish Association for the Study of Offending. Available online at: http://www.sastudyoffending.org.uk/attachments/article/171/Vol%2019%202013.pdf

Gormley, C. (2013) Book Review: Punishment by Thom Brooks (Oxon, Routledge, 2012). The Kelvingrove Review, 11 (1): 5-8