Dr Hannah Graham

Sociology/Social Pol&Criminology Colin Bell Building, University of Stirling Stirling FK9 4LA United Kingdom

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Dr Hannah Graham is a Lecturer in Criminology in the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR) in the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Stirling, Scotland.

In her work as a criminologist and social scientist, Hannah’s research, writing, public speaking and teaching centre on three areas of recognised expertise:

  • criminal justice and the sociology of punishment, particularly probation and offender supervision, electronic monitoring tagging technologies, approaches to community justice which seek to reduce the use of prison (decarceration and diversion) and pursue penal exceptionalism.
  • rehabilitation and desistance from crime – why people stop offending and change, and how professionals, systems, governments and communities can better support people in the process of leave crime behind.
  • innovation, justice and change – pioneering ideas and initiatives from the frontiers of criminal justice and social innovation, understanding those who lead and influence change, innovative uses of the arts and creativity, and investigating the ethics and effectiveness of what is claimed to be ‘innovative justice’.

Hannah is an Editor of the European Journal of Probation (SAGE), and an International Advisory Board member of the Probation Journal (SAGE). She has written three books published internationally by Routledge: Rehabilitation Work: Supporting Desistance and Recovery (Graham, 2016), Innovative Justice (Graham & White, 2015), and Working with Offenders: A Guide to Concepts and Practices (White & Graham, 2010). Hannah is currently working on a large international edited book project about rehabilitative work in criminal justice with fellow editors Fergus McNeill, Peter Raynor, Faye Taxman, Chris Trotter and Pamela Ugwudike, which will be published internationally by Routledge.

Dr Graham’s research often involves working with governments and parliaments, criminal justice agencies, third sector charities and community groups to seek real-world changes to policy and practice. For example, since January 2015, her research has focused on understanding and improving the uses of electronic monitoring tagging in Scotland and Europe, working as a member of a team of international experts from Scotland, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, and England and Wales. The European electronic monitoring research project was funded by the Criminal Justice Programme of the European Commission (JUST/2013/JPEN/AG/4510), and the Scottish electronic monitoring research was funded by the Scottish Government. This European research is one of the first of its kind in the world, offering some of the firstcomparativeinsights in Europe into the uses of electronic monitoring as an alternative to imprisonment in EU Member States. Working with fellow Stirling University criminologist Prof Gill McIvor, their research recommendations have already been influential with Scottish Government policymakers and, together with the contributions of a recent expert working group, have already helped to inform real world changes to electronic monitoring law and practice in Scotland.

From 2006-2014, Hannah worked in Criminology and Sociology at the University of Tasmania, Australia. She holds a PhD, a Masters of Criminology & Corrections, and a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology and Psychology) from the University of Tasmania, Australia.

In addition to her ownTwitter account @DrHannahGraham, Hannah also tweets for the University of Stirling Criminology team account @StirlingUniCrim, the European Journal of Probation account @EuroJProbation,and she operates an international Innovative Justice knowledge exchange account @Innovative_Just


  • Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (ANZSOC) annual conference
    Type of eventConference
    LocationHobart, Tasmania, Australia
    KeywordsCriminology; electronic monitoring; tagging; criminal justice; punishment; probation; criminal justice social work; penology
  • Alternatives to Detention in Central and Eastern European Countries
    DescriptionConference plenary abstract: Dr Hannah Graham Conversations about rehabilitation and supporting desistance have been dominated by academics and policymakers, without due recognition of the experiences and knowledge of practitioners. Not enough is known about the cultures and conditions in which rehabilitation and criminal justice work occurs. This presentation draws on the findings of research conducted with different types of practitioners, the researcher's observations and rehabilitation and desistance literatures to reveal compelling differences between official accounts and what practitioners actually do in practice. Applied examples of how practitioners collaborate, lead and innovate in the midst of challenging work are complemented with evocative illustrations of practitioner humour, creativity and resilience. The presentation considers the influence of professional ideologies and cultures in probation and other criminal justice work. It includes an analytical critique of the issues and implications involved in narrow technical portrayals of practitioners as single-mindedly focused on reducing criminogenic risk, even in contexts where the Risk-Need-Responsivity model of offender rehabilitation is used. There is much more to their work than the tools and models that they use. The importance of valuing practitioner perspectives is underscored as an essential element for changing rehabilitation cultures in probation and community justice, including better supporting those who support rehabilitation and desistance.
    Type of eventConference
    LocationDubrovnik, Croatia
  • Alternatives to Custody: Making Effective Use of Electronic Monitoring
    Type of eventWorkshop
  • Alternatives to Custody: making effective use of electronic monitoring
    Type of eventWorkshop
    LocationAyr, Scotland
  • Women and Remand in Scotland
    Type of eventSeminar
    LocationUniversity of Strathclyde, Glasgow
  • 9th Annual Seminar of the European Society of Criminology Community Sanctions and Measures Working Group
    Community Sanctions and Measures Working Group
    Type of eventSeminar
    LocationDublin, Ireland
  • Electronic Monitoring in Europe: UK and European Perspectives
    Type of eventConference
    Keywordselectronic monitoring; tagging technologies; criminology; criminal justice; comparative research
  • Electronic Monitoring in Europe
    Type of eventConference
    Keywordselectronic monitoring; tagging technologies; criminal justice; criminology; comparative research; Scotland
  • 8th Annual Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference 2014
    Type of eventConference
    LocationMelbourne, Australia
    KeywordsDesistance; critical criminology; criminological theory; structure; agency; penal reform
  • Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (ANZSOC) Conference: Testing the Edges: Challenging Criminology
    Type of eventConference
  • Reintegration Puzzle Conference Singapore 2014
    Type of eventConference
  • European Forum for Restorative Justice 8th International Conference
    Type of eventConference
    LocationBelfast, Northern Ireland
    Keywordssocial innovation, restorative justice, criminology, criminal justice
  • Australian and New Zealand Critical Criminology Conference
    Type of eventConference
    KeywordsCritical Criminology; Alcohol and Other Drugs; Workforce Development; Practitioners; Change Management
  • ATDC 2012: Challenging Conversations: Creating an Inclusive System Conference
    Type of eventConference
    LocationHobart, Australia
    Keywordsalcohol and drugs, criminal justice

Other academic activities

  • Editorial Board member for European Journal of Probation
    MeritBoard member
  • Editorial Board member for Scottish Justice Matters journal
  • International Advisory Board Member of 'Probation Journal: The Journal of Community and Criminal Justice'
  • Co-Editor of the European Journal of Probation (SAGE)
    European Journal of Probation
    MeritJournal editor
  • Media contribution: 'Scotland urged to take European approach to tackle re-offending' STV News, Scotland, 1 July 2016.
    DescriptionFull article can be found here: http://stv.tv/news/stirling-central/1359301-electronic-tagging-to-reduce-scotland-s-swollen-prison-numbers/
  • Media contribution: 'Criminologists recommend improvements to prisoner tagging'
    DescriptionFull text of media contribution can be found here: http://www.scottishlegal.com/2016/07/01/criminologists-recommend-improvements-to-prisoner-tagging/
  • Media contribution: 'Scotland urged to take European approach to tackle reoffending'
    DescriptionStirling University researchers say electronic tagging could be used to greater effect. Scotland should follow the example of its European neighbours and introduce more electronic tagging to helpreduce its swollen prison population, according to research. The country has one of the highest proportions of prisonersin western Europe,withone in every 700 people in jail. Curfews enforced by putting monitoring equipment in offenders' homesareoften imposed by courts as an alternative to custody butStirling University criminologists say tagging could be used to even greater effect. A report by Professor Gill McIvor and Dr Hannah Graham says tailored approaches, as used in the Netherlands and Scandinavian countries, could be more effective in tackling reoffending.Full text available at: http://stv.tv/news/stirling-central/1359301-electronic-tagging-to-reduce-scotland-s-swollen-prison-numbers/

Professional membership

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