Prof Fergus McNeill
Fergus McNeill is Professor of Criminology & Social Work at the University of Glasgow. Prior to becoming an academic in 1998, Fergus worked for a number of years in residential drug rehabilitation and as a criminal justice social worker. He teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate courses in criminology, social work and sociology.
Fergus’s main interests lie in the fields of sentencing, community sanctions, ex-offender reintegration and youth justice. Most of his recent research projects and publications have explored cultures and practices of punishment (particularly in the community) and the implications of criminological evidence (particularly about desistance from crime) for the reform and development of these cultures and practices. In recent years, he has provided advice and consultancy to a range of governments, institutions and organisations on these topics.
His previous books include ‘Reducing Reoffending: Social Work and Community Justice in Scotland’ (with Bill Whyte, published by Willan, 2007) and ‘Youth Offending and Youth Justice’ (with Monica Barry, published by Jessica Kingsley, 2009). His latest book, (co-edited with Peter Raynor and Chris Trotter) is a major international collection on ‘Offender Supervision: New Directions in Theory, Research and Practice’ which was published by Willan/Routledge in November 2010.