Margaret is Professor of Criminology with the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, based at the University of Stirling (www.sccjr.ac.uk). She is Director of Post-Graduate Research in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Stirling and an Associate Director of SCCJR.
Her work aims to challenge carceral and punitive responses to ‘crime’ and to work towards collective action for change. She has published on topics that include gender and justice; crime, critique and utopia; communities of recovery; and state responses to human trafficking.
Ongoing work and research interests focus on Transformative Justice and Abolitionism; Mutual aid and community engagement; Gender and the Justice System, Confronting Criminalising Processes and Practices; Exploitation and Responses to 'Human Trafficking': constructing 'problems' and policy responses, Creating and sustaining 'communities of recovery'.
Current Projects include:
Memorialising Injustice: An Examination Of Contemporary Campaigns To Highlight Historical Witch-hunts Through A Cultural Criminological Lens and ESCR funded Developing the Evidence Base for Innovation in Social Care for Children and Families Affected by Domestic Abuse.
Interested in supervising students with a critical approach to theory and methods; expertise in qualitative research and analysis.