Dr Annie Crowley

Research Associate

University of Glasgow


Annie’s research interests include women within criminal justice and care settings, the experiences of practitioners, and the treatment and human rights of people detained in different types of custody.  She is currently a part-time Research Associate at the University of Glasgow working on a Nuffield funded study – ‘Women working to support women in the welfare sphere: psychosocial challenges’. She also holds a part-time ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship position at the University of Stirling, building on and developing her doctoral thesis. Annie completed her PhD in Criminology at the University of Glasgow in 2018 which focused upon the experiences of practitioners who work with young women in a variety of settings within the criminal justice sphere.

Between 2016 and 2018 Annie worked as a researcher at the University of Glasgow on a Wellcome Trust funded research project exploring the effects of vicarious traumatisation upon those working with women in the justice system in Scotland; and as a part-time Research Assistant for the Centre for Criminology at the University of Oxford on a research project within immigration removal centres. Annie was a visiting scholar at St. John’s University, New York in 2015 in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

Outside of academia, Annie has worked as an Associate Inspector at HM Inspectorate of Police Scotland, and as a researcher at HM Inspectorate of Prisons for England and Wales. In these positions she conducted research into the treatment of people held in different types of custody (immigration removal centres, police custody and prisons), as well as on various other aspects of policing and prison practice.

With an MSc in Global Health and Development from the Institute of Child Health at UCL, Annie has also conducted research into the social determinants of health, internationally and in the UK, whilst working in the voluntary sector.

Annie is a member of SCCJR’s External Engagement group. She is also a Board Member of Up-2-Us, a voluntary sector organisation working to support marginalised young people and families across the west of Scotland.



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University of Glasgow

University of Glasgow
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