Dr Caitlin Gormley

Lecturer in Criminology

University of Glasgow


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 focussed 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.

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 disabilities to access education and wellbeing opportunities while in prison.

Caitlin is also the editorial officer for Criminology & Criminal Justice.


Recent publications

Gormley, C. (2018) Researching Inclusively with People with Learning Disabilities in Prisons. SAGE Research Methods Case Studies.

Gormley, C. (2017) Prisons, Power, and People with Learning Disabilities: The Complexities of Curtailed Lives. Unpublished PhD thesis. Available online at:

Gormley, C. (2017) Community Triage and Diversion: Getting it Right 24/7. Prison Reform Trust Briefing Paper.

Gormley, C. (2017) ‘An Extended Social Relational Approach to Learning Disability Incarcerated.’ In D. Moran and A. Schliehe (eds Carceral Spatiality: Dialogues between Geography and Criminology (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) ‘Can the social construction of crime be understood without considering the power relationships generated by social division?’ Scottish Association for the Study of Offending. 

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



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