Dr Mary Corcoran

Title: Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Director of programmes in Criminology
Phone: (+44) 01782 7 33104
Email: m.corcoran@keele.ac.uk
Location: CBB 1.035
Role: MA Criminology & Criminal Justice Programme Director (SEM 2)
Crime, Social Justice and Policing Research Cluster Lead
Contacting me: During office hours, posted on my door, or via email appointment.
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Mary Corcoran joined the Criminology programme at Keele University in September 2005. She has published a monograph on imprisonment and resistance of women political prisoners in Northern Ireland, as well as journal articles in the ‘British Journal of Criminology’ and ‘Criminal Justice Matters’, and chapters in edited collections.

My research and published output to date spans prisons, resettlement and community-based justice; women in criminal justice; and civil society/voluntary sector actors in criminal justice.  My PhD thesis, a feminist, Foucauldian ethnography of women political prisoners in Northern Ireland, appeared in print in 2006 as Out of Order: The Political Imprisonment of Women in Northern Ireland, 1972-1996. My current research responds to changes in the relationship between markets, states and civil society and their consequences for criminal justice. That work critically engages with the ethics, practice and politics of civil society and private sector actors in criminal justice spheres.  I seek to develop theoretical insights through the analysis of grounded practice in research projects on diversionary and resettlement projects for women, peer mentoring and support for released prisoners.  I have recently published on the challenges posed by marketisation in criminal justice. Secondly, I have published on the mobilisation of communities in ‘partnerships’ in local justice and community-based punishment.  Thirdly, I have conducted empirical research on community-based ‘alternative’ disposals for criminalised women.  My current research projects are on mentoring for and by women in custody and the community, and integrated offender management in Staffordshire.

Postgraduate Supervision

I have supervised several Masters dissertations in the areas of imprisonment; women in custody and community-based programmes; inter-agency work among criminal justice professionals; commissioning and procurement; voluntary sector agencies in criminal justice, among other topics.   I have supervised successful doctoral projects on the Listener peer mentoring programme in prisons,  and desistance amongst minority ethnic offenders as well as M Phil projects on women’s transition from prison to the community and men prisoners’ experiences of mandatory life sentences.   I am currently supervising PhD projects on the post-sentence identities of ex-offenders and The voluntary sector role in peer-mentoring for and by former-offenders .

Selected Publications

  • Alp D, Larsson J, Fransson C, Indebetouw R, Jerkstrand A, Ahola A, Burrows D, Challis P, Cigan P, Cikota A, Kirshner RP, van Loon JT, Mattila S, Ng C-Y, Park S, Spyromilio J, Woosley S, Baes M, Bouchet P, Chevalier R, Frank KA, Gaensler BM, Gomez H, Janka H-T, Leibundgut B, Lundqvist P, Marcaide J, Matsuura M, Sollerman J, Sonneborn G, Staveley-Smith L, Zanardo G, Gabler M, Taddia F, Wheeler JC. 2018. The 30 Year Search for the Compact Object in SN 1987A. ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL, vol. 864(2), Article ARTN 174. link> doi> full text>
  • Corcoran MS and Weston S. 2018. Voluntary sector practices and the risk management of offenders. In Contemporary sex offender risk management. Volume I: Perceptions. McCartan K and Kemshall H (Eds.). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. doi>
  • Corcoran MS. 2018. Bereavement work in the criminal justice system. In Bereavement and Criminal Justice. Routledge.
  • Corcoran MS. 2017. Resilient hearts: making affective citizens for neoliberal times. Justice, Power & Resistance. full text>
  • Corcoran MS, Williams K, Prince K, Maguire M. 2018. The Penal Voluntary Sector in England and Wales: Adaptation to Unsettlement and Austerity. POLITICAL QUARTERLY, vol. 89(2), 187-196. link> doi> full text>

Full Publications List show

Books

  • Hucklesby A and Corcoran M. 2016. The Voluntary Sector and Criminal Justice. Springer.
  • CORCORAN MS. 2006. Out of Order: The Political Imprisonment of Women in Northern Ireland, 1972-1999. Willan Publishing.

Journal Articles

  • Alp D, Larsson J, Fransson C, Indebetouw R, Jerkstrand A, Ahola A, Burrows D, Challis P, Cigan P, Cikota A, Kirshner RP, van Loon JT, Mattila S, Ng C-Y, Park S, Spyromilio J, Woosley S, Baes M, Bouchet P, Chevalier R, Frank KA, Gaensler BM, Gomez H, Janka H-T, Leibundgut B, Lundqvist P, Marcaide J, Matsuura M, Sollerman J, Sonneborn G, Staveley-Smith L, Zanardo G, Gabler M, Taddia F, Wheeler JC. 2018. The 30 Year Search for the Compact Object in SN 1987A. ASTROPHYSICAL JOURNAL, vol. 864(2), Article ARTN 174. link> doi> full text>
  • Corcoran MS. 2017. Resilient hearts: making affective citizens for neoliberal times. Justice, Power & Resistance. full text>
  • Corcoran MS, Williams K, Prince K, Maguire M. 2018. The Penal Voluntary Sector in England and Wales: Adaptation to Unsettlement and Austerity. POLITICAL QUARTERLY, vol. 89(2), 187-196. link> doi> full text>
  • Lillie AK, Corcoran M, Read S, Santatzoglou S, Wrigley A, Hunt K. P208 Supporting Death, Dying and Bereavement in the English Criminal Justice System: An Exploratory Qualitative Study. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, vol. 52(6), 121-122. doi> link>
  • Corcoran MS. 2015. La Evolución de los mercados Penales en tiempos de Austeridad: el caso de Inglaterra Y Gales. Criticalpenal Y Poder, vol. 8.
  • Corcoran MS. 2014. The trajectory of penal markets in a period of austerity; the case of England and Wales. Sociology of Crime, Law and Deviance, vol. 19, 53-74. doi>
  • Corcoran MS. 2014. The market revolution in criminal justice. Criminal Justice Matters, 2-3. doi>
  • Corcoran MS. 2014. How the public sphere was privatised and why civil society could reclaim it. Prison Service Journal, 39-45. link>
  • Corcoran MS. 2012. 'Be careful what you ask for': findings from the seminar series on the 'Third Sector in Criminal Justice'. Prison Service Journal, 17-22.
  • Corcoran MS and Fox C. 2012. 'A seamless partnership?' Developing multi-agency interventions in a non-custodial diversionary project for women. Criminology and Criminal Justice. doi>
  • CORCORAN MS. 2011. Bringing the penal voluntary sector to market. Criminal Justice Matters, vol. 77(1), 32-33. doi> link>
  • CORCORAN MS. 2011. Dilemmas of institutionalization in the penal voluntary sector. Critical Social Policy, vol. 31(1), 30-52. doi> link>
  • CORCORAN MS. 2010. Snakes and Ladders: circuits of penal reform for women under New Labour. Current Issues in Criminal Justice, vol. 22(2), 233-251.
  • CORCORAN MS. 2008. What does government want from the penal voluntary sector?. Criminal Justice Matters, vol. 77(1), 36-38. doi> link>
  • CORCORAN MS. 2007. Normalization and its Discontents: Constructing the ‘Irreconcilable' Female Political Prisoner in Northern Ireland. British Journal of Criminology, vol. 47(3), 405-422. doi>

Chapters

  • Corcoran MS and Weston S. 2018. Voluntary sector practices and the risk management of offenders. In Contemporary sex offender risk management. Volume I: Perceptions. McCartan K and Kemshall H (Eds.). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. doi>
  • Corcoran MS. 2018. Bereavement work in the criminal justice system. In Bereavement and Criminal Justice. Routledge.
  • Corcoran MS and Grotz J. 2016. Deconstructing the panacea: the benefits fallacy in volunteer recruitment in criminal justice. In The Voluntary Sector in Criminal Justice. Hucklesby A and Corcoran MS (Eds.). Palgrave macmillan. doi> link> full text>
  • Corcoran MS, Worrall A, Buck G. 2015. Gendered dynamics of mentoring. In Women and Criminal Justice: From the Corston Report to Transforming Rehabilitation. Annison J, Brayford J, Deering J (Eds.). (14 vols.). Bristol: Policy Press.
  • Corcoran MS and worrall A. Integrated offender management: A microcosm of central and local criminal justice policy turbulence. In Who Knows Best? The Management of Change in Criminal Justice. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Corcoran MS and Fox C. 2013. A bit neo-liberal, a bit Fabian: interventionist narratives in a diversionary programme for women. In Women Exiting Prison: Critical Essays on Gender, Post-release Support and Survival. Carlton B and Segrave M (Eds.). London: Routledge.
  • CORCORAN MS. 2006. 'Talking about resistance' : women political prisoners and the dynamics of prison conflict, Northern Ireland. In Expanding the Criminological Imagination: Critical Readings in Criminology. Barton A, Corteen K, Scott D, Whyte D (Eds.). Willan Publishing.
  • CORCORAN MS. 2005. Researching women political prisoners in Northern Ireland : ethnographic problems and negotiations. In Researching Gender and Violence. Skinner T, Malos E, Hester M (Eds.). Willan Publishing .
  • Corcoran MS. 2004. ‘We just had to be stronger’: the political imprisonment of women in Northern Ireland. In Irish Women and Nationalism. Irish Academic Press.
  • Corcoran MS. 1999. Mapping carceral space: territorialisation, conflict and control in Northern Ireland’s women’s prisons. In Ireland in Proximity: History, Gender and Space. Routledge.

Other

  • Corcoran MS, Williams K, Maguire M, Prince K. The Voluntary Sector in Criminal Justice: A Study of Adaptation and Resilience. Summary of Early Findings.
  • Corcoran MS and Worrall A. 2015. Youth in Focus ‘Sisters’ mentoring project: Final report of an independent evaluation.
  • Corcoran MS and Worrall A. Integrated Offender Management Research Project: Commissioned by Staffordshire Police and Partners. full text>
  • Corcoran MS and Buck G. 2012. Researching Third Sector Organisations' Contribution to the Criminal Justice System. Fifth report from the ESRC seminar series ‘The Voluntary Sector in Criminal Justice’. Keele: Keele University. link>
  • Corcoran MS. 2011. After Corston: the rehabilitation revolution?.
  • Corcoran MS, Fox C, Worrall A. 2011. Chepstow House Community Project for Women Offenders.
  • Matthews M and Corcoran MS. 2004. ‘There’s no altruism in volunteering’: unpaid work in graduates’ lives.
  • Corcoran MS and Matthews N. 2003. Widening definitions of ‘employability’ in non-vocational degrees.
  • Matthews N, Corcoran MS, Nicholls J, Moylan T. 2002. Adapting problem based learning to non-vocational modules; some preliminary insights.
  • Corcoran MS and Buck G. The mixed economy of criminal justice: the challenges of contestability, privatisation and partnership working. Fourth Report from the ESRC seminar series ‘The voluntary Sector in Criminal Justice’.

I teach or have recently taught on courses on penality; ethics in criminal justice; gender and social control; criminal justice policy; criminological theory; qualitative research methods.  I have completed accredited training in doctoral Supervision.  I have been nominated twice for a Keele University Teaching and Learning Excellence Award (2012 & 2013) for my course on Prisons and Imprisonment and for the innovation of Working for Justice, which integrates personal, career and academic development in answer to the employability agenda. I am currently Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Criminology Programme.

Current courses:

Prisons and Imprisonment

Working for Justice

MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice