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 punishment, particularly probation and offender supervision, electronic monitoring tagging technologies, and approaches to community justice which reduce the use of prison (decarceration and diversion).
rehabilitation and desistance from crime – why people stop offending and change, and how professionals, systems, governments and communities can better support them to leave crime behind.
innovation and change in criminal justice – 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 a Co-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. The 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 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 Innovative Justice knowledge exchange account @Innovative_Just
Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (ANZSOC) annual conference –
Alternatives to Detention in Central and Eastern European Countries –
Conference 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.
Editorial Board member for European Journal of Probation
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
Media contribution: 'Scotland urged to take European approach to tackle re-offending' STV News, Scotland, 1 July 2016. –
Full 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' –
Full 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' –
Stirling 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/
Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (ANZSOC)
Dr Graham's research interests centre around several areas:
Criminal justice institutions, penal sanctions and processes, including their cultures, workforces, architectures and designs, geographies, technologies, leadership and people of influence, policies, practices, their collateral consequences, their alternatives, and people's lived experiences of them. She is particularly interested in probation, community justice and non-custodial initiatives;
Desistance from crime: understanding how and why people stop offending, and the relationships (professional and personal) and societal conditions which enable processes of desistance and community reintegration;
Electronic monitoring: understanding the uses of tagging and tracking technologies in criminal justice;
Social innovation, the arts and their interfaces with criminal justice: using social innovation and sociological theories of change, desistance scholarship theories of change, leadership studies, public criminology, citizen science and co-production, and other cognate bodies of knowledge to understand how to better advance positive penal and social change;
Sociology, especially the sociology of punishment, the sociologies of work and the professions, and sociology of deviance;
Creative and comparative research methods, including conducting comparative research and using ethnography, as well as exploring the uses of participative and creative methods, for example, involving service users, practitioners, students and communities in co-design, co-production, citizen science, appreciative inquiry, music, the arts and visual methods, and other participative forms of knowledge production and exchange.