Professor Iain Brennan

Professor Iain Brennan

Professor of Criminology

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • School of Criminology, Sociology and Policing

Qualifications

  • BSc (Cardiff Metropolitan University)
  • PhD (Cardiff University)
  • MA (University College Cork)

Summary

Iain Brennan is a Professor of Criminology and a chartered research psychologist.

He is the University of Hull Institutional Lead for Open Research, Director of Research for the School of Criminology, Sociology & Policing and Chair of the University Research Concordat Steering Group. He is a founding member of the Humberside Police-Academic Partnership and its academic lead.

Iain's research interests are in violence prevention including weapon-carrying and serious violence, domestic abuse and violence in night-time economies. He is particularly interested in evaluating interventions in these areas and has led many evaluation studies incorporating randomised controlled trials, quasi-experimental designs and process evaluations.

He is an adviser on violence prevention to local and national governmental and non-governmental organisations including Home Office, Youth Endowment Fund, College of Policing, National Police Chiefs' Council and many police forces across the UK.

He has been a principal or co-investigator on research projects worth over £5m from funders including ESRC, Home Office, ADR-UK, NPCC, Jacobs Foundation and the European Commission. He is currently principal investigator on several research projects including a £1.5m evaluation of focused deterrence interventions on behalf of Youth Endowment Fund.

He is the author of over 40 journal articles, reports, chapters and books and is a member of the editorial board of British Journal of Criminology.

BA Criminology

- Offending and Victimisation

BSc Psychology (Hull)

- Forensic Psychology

Recent outputs

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Book

Building Bridges: Prisoners, Crime Victims and Restorative Justice

Brennan, I., & Johnston, G. (2019). Building Bridges: Prisoners, Crime Victims and Restorative Justice. Netherlands: Eleven International Publishing

Journal Article

Violence, worry and trust in the emergence of weapon-carrying

Brennan, I. R. (2021). Violence, worry and trust in the emergence of weapon-carrying. European Journal of Criminology, https://doi.org/10.1177/14773708211046193

Coercive control: Patterns in crimes, arrests and outcomes for a new domestic abuse offence

Brennan, I., & Myhill, A. (2022). Coercive control: Patterns in crimes, arrests and outcomes for a new domestic abuse offence. The British journal of criminology, 62(2), 468-483. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azab072

Policing a new domestic abuse crime: effects of force-wide training on arrests for coercive control

Brennan, I., Myhill, A., Tagliaferri, G., & Tapley, J. (in press). Policing a new domestic abuse crime: effects of force-wide training on arrests for coercive control. Policing and Society, 31(10), 1153-1167. https://doi.org/10.1080/10439463.2020.1862838

Other

Knife crime: A problem-solving guide

Brennan, I., Sidebottom, A., Agar, I., Ashby, M., Bullock, K., Hales, G., & Tilley, N. (2021). Knife crime: A problem-solving guide. [PDF]

Research interests

Iain's research is on the application of psychological and criminological theory to the understanding and prevention of community violence.

He undertakes research work in:

- Weapon use

- Serious youth violence

- Domestic abuse

- Evaluation of violence prevention interventions

- Crime reporting and victim responses to crime

- Evidence-based policing and use of experiments in criminal justice

- Information sharing for violence prevention

- Diversion from custody

Project

Funder

Grant

Started

Status

Project

Police Initiated Diversion for Youth to Prevent Future Delinquent Behaviour: A Systematic Review

Funder

George Mason University

Grant

£4,600.00

Started

1 July 2016

Status

Complete

Postgraduate supervision

Professor Brennan is happy to hear from potential students interested in undertaking postgraduate research in any of his areas of research interest.

He is particularly interested to hear from potential supervisees in the areas of knife crime/weapon violence, victim responses and interpretations of crime, the policing of domestic abuse and open research in criminology.