- BA (Sheffield Hallam University)
- MA (University of Hull)
- PhD (University of Hull)
I am a lecturer in criminology and a researcher with interests in the fields of victims and victimisation, vulnerability, domestic abuse / coercive control, media and crime, and identity and representation.
Having worked previously at the University of Leeds, I was appointed lecturer at the University of Hull in 2013.
I am currently the Principal Investigator on a funded research project, entitled 'Giving voice to victims: a strengths-based investigation into victim identities', supported by the British Academy.
Notoriety and victims
O'Leary, N. (2016). Notoriety and victims. In K. Corteen, S. Morley, P. Taylor, & J. Turner (Eds.), Companion to crime, harm and victimisationBristol: Policy Press
My research interests lie in the interdisciplinary fields of victimology, criminology, cultural studies, innovative research methods and the ethics of researching vulnerable populations. My doctoral research and subsequent publications focus on the ethics and methods of investigating community-based and media representations of stigma, trauma and victimisation. Within this I have an identifiable interest in the management of self-identity, social reaction, transformative ability and resilience. I am an experienced researcher in the qualitative field with particular experience and understanding pertaining to use of in-depth narrative interviews with vulnerable populations, across a range of settings, who have experienced significant trauma and harm. More recently my research has focused on working with survivors and victims of domestic abuse; from how they can be supported and empowered to interact with the criminal justice system (or not), to understanding the dynamics of recovery and resilience.
I am very interested in supervising doctoral students in the areas of: victimology, vulnerability and resilience, media and crime and collective identity and representation.
Current PhD students:
Thomas Hammond (PhD Criminology), Surveillance, Migration and Identity in Brexit Britain
Patrick Oniya (PhD Criminology), An examination of why public sector corruption is resilient: a case study of Nigeria.