Kieran completed his first degree in Psychology at the Queens University of Belfast, before moving to Leicester to do an MSc in Criminology at the Scarman centre, and a PhD in the Department of Psychology. He 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 Ministry of Justice, ESRC, Bristol City Council & Wiltshire probation. He is currently co-leading an ESRC Knowledge Exchange Network on the limited disclosure of sex offender information and a visiting Scholar at the University of Minnesota (Spring 2013).