drgrainnemcmahon

researcher, feiminist

RESEARCH

I am a qualitative researcher and I undertook my doctorate at the University of Oxford (Christ Church). My current research interests are around women, girls and feminism, and young people’s social, cultural and political participation.

I am a researcher on the following project: 2015 – 2018 (funded by the European Commission, Horizon 2020): Spaces and Styles of Participation. Formal, non-formal and informal possibilities of young people’s participation in European cities

As part of this project, I focus on young women’s political participation and feminist activism.

Recent projects:

  • 2015 – 2016 (funded by West Yorkshire Community Rehabilitation Company): The role of the probation officer in a changing community rehabilitation practice

Previous projects:

Before joining the University of Huddersfield, I was an independent consultant researcher (2006 to 2008) and a Research Officer in the Centre for Criminology in the University of Oxford (2000 to 2006). My research then was, in the main, concerned with the experiences of young and adult offenders in the criminal justice system. Examples of research projects on which I worked are:

  • 2008 (funded by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority): Quality Improvement Agency programmes and quality improvement in offender learning
  • 2007-2008 (funded by the Learning and Skills Council): The education, training and employment destinations of young people leaving custody
  • 2007 (commissioned by the Prison Phoenix Trust): The impact of yoga on offenders’ lives and rates of reconviction
  • 2006 and 2007 (funded by the Youth Justice Board): The representativeness and validity of ‘Asset’ data collected on a sample of young offenders in Summer Arts College
  • 2006 (funded by the Youth Justice Board): A review of arts programmes for young offenders
  • 2004-2006 (funded by the Youth Justice Board): Literacy and numeracy projects for young offenders
  • 2002-2004 (funded by the Youth Justice Board): Barriers to young offenders’ engagement in education, training and employment
  • 2002 (funded by Worcester and Herefordshire Probation Service): The education and employment needs of female offenders
  • 2000-2002 (funded by the Home Office): Basic skills programmes in the Probation Service