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Gráinne Perkins

With 15 years of professional experience in policing and criminology, Gráinne Perkins was awarded a PhD from the Centre of Criminology, University of Cape Town.

Her research examined danger and death in a global South context and examined how police perceive and experience danger relative to their own murders. These findings then reflect on how the practices and actions of officers are influenced on a day to day basis. The research involved 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 Belfast (2008), and a MPA from the University of Ulster (2012). She is currently based in Seattle and is an adjunct assistant professor at Seattle University.


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


  • 2008 
    Queens University Belfast, MSSC