Dr Hannah Graham

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Lecturer in Criminology
Research Staff
Phone number:
01786 466316
School of Applied Social Science,
Colin Bell Building,
University of Stirling,
Stirling, UK, FK9 4LA
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Dr Hannah Graham is a Lecturer in Criminology in the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR) in the School of Applied Social Science at the University of Stirling.

From 2011-2014, Hannah lectured in Criminology and Sociology at the University of Tasmania, Australia. From January 2015 – April 2016, Hannah is working with Professor Gill McIvor (SCCJR, University of Stirling) and a team of research partners from Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, England & Wales on the EU-funded comparative research project ‘Creativity and Effectiveness in the Use of Electronic Monitoring as an Alternative to Prison in Europe’. In 2015, she also worked with Gill McIvor on a ‘Scottish and International Review of the Uses of Electronic Monitoring’ SCCJR research review commissioned by the Scottish Government Working Group on Electronic Monitoring.

Hannah’s research interests centre on a few topics:

  • Criminal justice institutions and the sociology of punishment, including their sanctions and processes, cultures, workforces, architectures, technologies, policies, practices, and people’s lived experiences of these things;
  • Desistance from crime:understanding how and why people stop offending, and the relationships (professional and personal) and social-structural conditions which enable desistance as a process of human development;
  • Social innovation and its interfaces with criminal justice:using social innovation theories and research, the arts and other cognate bodies of knowledge to analyse and co-produce transformative penal and social change;
  • Electronic monitoring and the uses of technology in criminal justice.

Hannah has co-led an international ‘Innovative Justice’ research project with Professor Rob White, University of Tasmania, Australia. This research seeks to advance knowledge on how social innovation, the arts and divergent pioneering approaches to supporting desistance and reintegration can affect personal, penal and social change. Critical analysis is devoted to the ethics of what constitutes ‘innovation’ in criminal justice, and why. In 2015, this research was published internationally as a book, Innovative Justice (Graham & White) with Routledge, as well as featured in their article on ‘Greening Justice’ in the September 2015 issue of the British Journal of Criminology.

Hannah is a current Editorial board member of the European Journal of Probation: An International Journal on Community Sanctions and Measures. To follow her ongoing research and knowledge exchange activities on Twitter, see @DrHannahGraham and @Innovative_Just

Research keywords: desistance from crime; social innovation and the arts in criminal justice; criminal justice institutions and the sociology of punishment; probation, electronic monitoring, and community sanctions; co-production; criminological theory and social theory.

List of relevant publications:


Graham, H. (forthcoming, 2016) Rehabilitation Work: Supporting Desistance and Recovery Routledge: London.

Graham, H., & White, R. (2015) Innovative Justice Routledge: London.

White, R., & Graham, H. (2010) Working with Offenders: A Guide to Concepts & Practices Routledge: London.

SCCJR Research Report:

Graham, H., & McIvor, G. (2015) Scottish and International Review of the Use of Electronic Monitoring [SCCJR Research Report] Stirling: Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research [SCCJR], University of Stirling.

Journal Articles:

Guerzoni, M., & Graham, H. (forthcoming, 2015) ‘Catholic Church Responses to Clergy Child Sexual Abuse and Mandatory Reporting Exemptions in Victoria, Australia: A Discursive Critique’ International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy [Article Accepted 25/03/2015].

White, R., & Graham, H. (2015) ‘Greening Justice: Examining the Interfaces of Criminal, Social and Ecological Justice’ British Journal of Criminology 55(5): 845-865.

Graham, H., Graham, S., & Field, J. (2015) ‘Returning Citizens: A Quiet Revolution in Prisoner Reintegration’ Scottish Justice Matters 1(3): 32-33.

Graham, H., & White, R. (2007) ‘Young people, dangerous driving and car culture’ Youth Studies Australia 26(3): 28.

Book Chapter in an Edited Collection:

Graham, H., & White, R. (2014) ‘Innovative Justice – According to Whom?’ in Lumsden, K., & Winter, A. (eds.) Reflexivity in Criminological Research: Experiences with the Powerful and the Powerless Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke.

Graham, H. (2013) ‘Appreciative Inquiry’ in Walter, M. (ed.) Social Research Methods (3rd ed.) Oxford University Press: South Melbourne.

Graham, H. (2012) ‘The Path Forward: Policing, Diversion and Desistance’ in Bartkowiak-Théron, I., & Asquith, N., (eds.) (2012) Policing Vulnerability Federation Press: Canberra.

Graham, H., & White, R., (2012) ‘Young people, dangerous driving and car culture’ in White, R. (ed.) Youth Subcultures: Theory, History and the Australian Experience (Revised 2nd ed.) Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies: Hobart. [Article reprint]

Graham, H. (2011) ‘A Marriage of (In)Convenience? Navigating the Research Relationship between Ethical Regulators and Criminologists Researching Vulnerable Populations’ in Bartels, L., & Richards, K. (eds.) (2011) Qualitative Criminology: Stories from the Field Federation Press: Sydney.

Peer Reviewed Paper in Conference Proceedings:

Graham, H. (2013) ‘Subject to Change: Identity, Culture and Change in the Alcohol and Other Drugs Sector in Tasmania’ in Bartkowiak-Théron, I., & Travers, M. (eds.) The 6th Annual Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference Proceedings 2012 University of Tasmania: Hobart.