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Graham Ellison Graham Ellison, is Professor of Criminology in the School of Law at Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is the co-author of The Crowned Harp: Policing Northern Ireland (with J.Smyth); Policing in an Age of Austerity: A post-colonial perspective (with M.Brogden) and Globalisation, Police Reform and Development: Doing it the Western Way (with N.Pino).

He completed his undergraduate studies at Queen’s University in Political Science and Sociology and completed his DPhil at the University of Ulster (Jordanstown) in 1996. In 1997 he was appointed to the post of Lecturer in Criminology at Keele University, England and in September 2001 returned to Belfast to take up a Lectureship in the Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Queen’s University. His research interests include policing in divided societies, crime prevention, ‘bottom up’ security governance, and more recently the regulation and policing of commercial sex. In October 2018, he was principal investigator on a NI Department of Justice funded study to assess the impact of sex purchase legislation that became law in Northern Ireland on 1st June 2015.


  • 2019–present
    Professor, Queen's University, Belfast