Dr Margaret Malloch

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Associate Professor/Reader in Criminology at the University of Stirling and Associate Director of SCCJR
Research Staff & Associate Directors
Department of Applied Social Science
University of Stirling
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Margaret is Associate Professor/Reader in Criminology at the University of Stirling. Her research focuses on the meaning and relevance of ‘justice’ as constructed within the realm of ‘criminal justice’; in particular, as it plays out in the experiences of marginalised groups in terms of access to rights and forms of resistance. Her work is informed throughout by critical criminological attention to processes of criminalisation. Considering forms of opposition to this has led to the development of ideas of ‘utopia’ as critique, method and alternative to the status quo. Her conceptual framework of ‘communities of recovery’ is placed alongside an examination of the relationship between ‘utopia’ and the struggles of marginalized communities to manifest social change. Current work is focused on exploring the meaning of ‘community’ in transformative processes related to ‘justice’.

Current Projects:

Concepts of Community: exploring ‘community’ in theory, policy and practice imaginaries with Beth Weaver and Gillian McIntyre (University of Strathclyde). This is an SCCJR supported pilot project.

Justice, Civic Engagement and the Public Sphere with Bill Munro (University of Stirling) and Ashley Rogers (Abertay University).

Co-PI (with Paul Rigby) on a Scottish Government study: Identifying the presence of children and young people who have been trafficked and establishing their routes to arrival.

This is a joint project between SCCJR and the Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection at the University of Stirling https://www.stir.ac.uk/about/faculties-and-services/social-sciences/our-research/research-areas/centre-for-child-wellbeing-and-protection/