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Professor in Criminology, University of the West of England

Professor McCartan has a track record of public, academic and professional engagement on criminological issues, including the origins and causes of sex offending, and societal responses to sex offenders. He has developed a wide-ranging, multi-disciplinary network around sex offender management and reintegration. He has experience of qualitative, quantitative and mixed-method research from funders including the Ministry of Justice, Cabinet Office, Public Health England, ESRC, The Leverhulme Trust, Bristol City Council & Wiltshire probation. He has previously co-lead an ESRC a nationally based ESRC funded Knowledge Exchange Network on the limited disclosure of sex offender information (2012) and an international Leverhulme Trust-funded network on sex offender management (2014 - 16). Currently, he is involved in a Council of Europe project examining, and developing recommendations, around the assessment, management, and integration of people who have committed sexual offenses (2019 - ongoing).

Professor McCartan is the international representative on the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers board, the Conference Chair of National Organisation for the Treatment of Abuse, a member of the Confederation of Euoreapen Probation working group on sexual offenses, a member of the ethics committee of Brave hearts and has advised the Council of Europe, New Zeland Police, Bravehearts as well as Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Australia.

Professor McCartan has a number of academic outputs, including, 105+ academic publications (incl., Journal Articles, Books, Book Chapters, External Research Reports & Professional/Practitioner publications); 130+ blogs; generated over 1/2 million pounds in external research funding; & has given 175+ external presentations (incl., Conference Papers & invited Keynotes); & has taken part in 40+ media interviews nationally as well as internationally.


  • –present
    Associate Professor in Criminology, University of the West of England