Dr Iain Brennan

Professor Iain Brennan

Professor of Criminology

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • Department of Criminology and Sociology

Qualifications

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

Summary

Professor Brennan is a psychologist who moved into the area of criminology via a PhD in public health.

He continues to integrate these disciplines in his three main areas of research: the prevention of weapon use; the policing of domestic abuse; and the diversion of offenders from the criminal justice system.

His work has featured in leading journals including the British Medical Journal, British Journal of Criminology and Addiction as well as national and international policy documents. He is a member of the Youth Endowment Fund Expert Panel and the editorial board of the British Journal of Criminology.

Iain joined University of Hull in 2010. In 2016 he led the redesign of the University's criminology programmes and is currently the Director of Research for the Department of Criminology and Sociology.

Undergraduate

BA Criminology with Psychology (Hong Kong)

- Social Psychology

- Personality & Individual Differences

- Forensic Psychology

- Abnormal & Applied Biological Psychology

BA Criminology (Hull)

- Experimental Criminology

BSc Psychology (Hull)

- Forensic Psychology

Recent outputs

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Book Chapter

High stakes: The role of weapons in offender decision making

Brennan, I. R. (2017). High stakes: The role of weapons in offender decision making. In W. Bernasco, J. van Gelder, H. Eiffers, & H. Elffers (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of offender decision making. Oxford: Oxford University Press (OUP). https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199338801.013.17

Journal Article

Service provider difficulties in operationalising coercive control

Brennan, I. R., Burton, V., Gormally, S., & O’Leary, N. (2019). Service provider difficulties in operationalising coercive control. Violence against women, 25(6), 635-653. https://doi.org/10.1177/1077801218797478

Weapon-carrying and the reduction of violent harm

Brennan, I. R. (2019). Weapon-carrying and the reduction of violent harm. The British journal of criminology, 59(3), 571-593. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azy032

Police-initiated diversion for youth to prevent future delinquent behavior: a systematic review

Wilson, D. B., Brennan, I., & Olaghere, A. (2018). Police-initiated diversion for youth to prevent future delinquent behavior: a systematic review. Campbell Systematic Reviews, 14, https://doi.org/10.4073/csr.2018.5

Report

Domestic Abuse Matters 2.0 Evaluation of first responder training

Brennan, I., & Myhill, A. (2017). Domestic Abuse Matters 2.0 Evaluation of first responder training. College of Policing

Research interests

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

He also undertakes research work in:

- gun and knife crime

- alcohol-related violence

- crime reporting and victim responses to crime

- community influences on engagement with criminal justice

- domestic abuse

- experimental criminology/evidence-based policing

- information sharing for violence prevention

- diversion from custody

- governance of night time economies

- crime and victimisation surveys

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 the use of open science methods in criminology.