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Ryan is an Interdisciplinary Research Fellow in Digital Society & Economy. Her research interests are around how people feel about and live with digital technologies and data-driven practices in their everyday lives, particularly in the context of digital punishment and in/justice. She is also a Scottish Justice Fellow, which is a policy and practice focussed fellowship co-funded by the Scottish Government, the Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR) and the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR).

She was previously a Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, working as a digital ethnographer on an ESRC-funded study ‘Security in Place’ with a team of researchers from Oxford, Keele, Edinburgh, and UCL studying everyday in/securities, concerns, and place-making in an English town. Ryan also previously worked as a Research Associate on a pilot project ‘Connected Homes’ which was based on a partnership between the University of Glasgow and The Crichton Trust based in Dumfries. The pilot explored how digital connectivity, data-driven services, wellbeing, and home life are interconnected in a rural place. Ryan was also a Research Assistant on the Scotland in Lockdown project at the University of Glasgow.

Ryan completed her PhD in Criminology at the University of Glasgow in 2021. Her thesis was an ethnographic study of penal electronic monitoring in Scotland which brings together approaches from the sociology of punishment and science and technology studies.


Recent publications:

Casey, R., McNeill, F., Barkas, B., Cornish, N., Gormley, C. and Schinkel, M. (2021) ‘Pervasive Punishment in a Pandemic’, Probation Journal, 68(40): 476-492. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1177/02645505211050871.

Casey, R., Barkas B., and Gormley, C. (2021) ‘Justice interrupted: Experiences of enduring punishment in a pandemic’ Howard League for Penal Reform ECAN Bulletin, 46: 5-12. Available at: https://howardleague.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/ECAN-Bulletin-Themed-Issue-1-March-2021.pdf.




University of Glasgow

Research Themes

Courts and Sentencing

Punishment, Citizenship and Communities

Law, Policy and Practice

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22nd August 2022

The use, impact, condition, and effectiveness of Public Space CCTV across Scotland

Colleagues at the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR) have been contracted by the Scottish Government to report […]

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 […]

20th April 2022

Scottish Justice Fellowship Winners Announced