Dr Kirsty Deacon
ESRC Post-Doctoral Fellow
University of Strathclyde
Kirsty’s main research focus is on familial imprisonment and in particular the experiences of children and young people with a family member in prison. She has also worked on research projects looking at desistance among ex-military personnel in custody, trauma-informed policing, and previously worked at CELCIS (the Centre for Excellence for Children’s Care and Protection) on projects relating to care-experienced children and young people.
Her PhD, “Families – Inside Prison and Out: Young people’s experiences of having a family member in prison” explored young people’s experiences of having a parent and/or sibling in prison. It involved two groups of young people, one who were in the community and one where the young person was currently serving a prison sentence themselves.
Kirsty currently holds a part-time ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship position at the University of Strathclyde building on and developing her doctoral thesis, and as part of this is investigating how prison service staff understand and operationalise the Scottish Prison Service Family Strategy. She also holds a part-time Research Officer position with the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration.