Gillian is a Lecturer of Criminology in the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work. She previously completed a research fellowship in the School of Law where she critically examined the institutional reform of the Northern Ireland Prison Service. Her PhD project, 'The Space In-between', examined the gendered experience of imprisonment using a critical feminist perspective. Specifically, she explores the issues of marginality and vulnerability that impact women's criminalisation and their experiences of the prison system, using original empirical research to analyse women's lives on remand in Northern Ireland.
More broadly Gillian's research interests include the political economy of imprisonment, and the issues of social justice and harm that manifest in the implementation of criminal justice. Having extensive experience of the third sector in Northern Ireland, Gillian is the Regional Prison Support Officer for Samaritans, overseeing the delivery of Samaritans prison support across the Northern Ireland Prison Estate.