Gráinne Perkins

PhD Student, Centre of Criminology, University of Cape Town

With 15 years of professional experience in policing and criminology, Gráinne Perkins is currently pursuing a PhD at the Centre of Criminology, University of Cape Town. Her research deals with the homicide of police officers and how these killings influence the practices and actions of other officers. The research involves participant observation within the working units of the South African Police Service in some of Cape Town’s most violent townships. Gráinne holds the rank of Detective Sergeant in An Garda Síochána (Irish Police Service) with an Hons Science Degree from University of Dublin (1996) a Masters in Criminology from Queen’s University (2008), Belfast and a MPA from the University of Ulster (2012).


  • –present
    Doctoral student in Police homicide, University Of Cape Town


  • 2008 
    Queens University Belfast, MSSC
  • South Africa
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