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Caitlin is a Lecturer in Criminology within the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Glasgow. Her research interests sit at the intersection between criminology and disability studies, with a focus on the experience of punishment, inequality and discrimination of marginalised populations in and beyond justice processes, and inclusive research practices. Her PhD, awarded by the University of Glasgow in 2017, explored how people with learning disabilities experience, make sense of, and adapt to prison life. She has since examined accessibility and fairness at court for people with learning disabilities, neurodiversity, and mental health conditions in a project commissioned by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (2019). Caitlin currently sits on the advisory group for SOLD, a self-advocacy organisation for people with learning disabilities with experience of punishment. She has been a visiting researcher at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia (2014) and served as editorial officer for the journal Criminology and Criminal Justice (2017-2020). She previously worked within prison-based education teaching sociology and English, and continues to run a University-Prison reading group.

Recent publications

Gormley, C. (2021) ‘The Hidden Harms of Prison Life for People with Learning Disabilities’, British Journal of Criminology, https://doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azab061 

Gormley, C. and Watson, N. (2021) ‘Inaccessible Justice: Exploring the Barriers to Justice and Fairness for Disabled People Accused of a Crime’, The Howard Journal of Crime and Justice, 60(4): 493-510. https://doi.org/10.1111/hojo.12433

Casey, R., McNeill, F., Barkas, B., Cornish, N., Gormley, C. and Schinkel, M. (2021) ‘Pervasive Punishment in a Pandemic’, Probation Journal, https://doi.org/10.1177/02645505211050871



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Research Themes

Criminal Justice Process and Institutions

June 2018

Researching Inclusively With People With Learning Disabilities in Prisons

Very little is known about how people with learning disabilities symbolically engage with imprisonment and discursively account for it within […]


Mapping of Active Criminal Justice Diversion Schemes for Those with Mental Health Problems in Scotland

The Scottish Association for Mental Health commissioned the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research to conduct a mapping exercise […]

3rd December 2020

Scotland in Lockdown

The “Health and social impacts of Covid-19 in Scotland” study aims to understand how the response to Covid-19 including lockdown […]

1st November 2019

Understanding Repeat Violent Victimisation in Scotland

This research seeks to improve understanding about repeat violence victimisation (RVV) in Scotland, adopting a qualitative methodology that explores the […]

4th September 2023

‘No one is coming to help’ – New research paints bleak picture of repeat violence in Scotland

13th September 2022

Life in Lockdown: Illustrated Findings from the Scotland in Lockdown Study

11th June 2020

Criminal Justice System is Failing Disabled People

29th April 2020

New research project to investigate impacts of Covid-19 on vulnerable groups

1st November 2019

SCCJR to carry out major new project on repeat violence victimisation in Scotland

1st March 2019

Do disabled people experience discrimination in the criminal justice system?