Delivering circles of support and accountability to protect communities from sexual harm and sexual reoffending


Dr Kieran McCartan

Appointed September 2016

Professor McCartan completed his first degree in Psychology at the Queens University of Belfast (2001), before moving to Leicester to do an MSc in Criminology at the Scarman centre (2002), and a PhD in the Department of Psychology (2008).

Kieran joined UWE as a Lecturer in 2007 and was promoted to Professor of Criminology in 2018. While at UWE Kieran has been the Criminology Program leader (2010 – 2014), Deputy Director of the Criminal Justice Unit (2010 – 2012) and the Associate Head of Department for Sociology & Criminology (2015 – 2016). Currently, Kieran is the leader of the Social Science Research Group (2013 – ongoing) and joint coordinator of the Sexual Violence Research Network (2014 – ongoing) at UWE.

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 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).K

Professor McCartan is currently on the editorial board of Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research & Treatment; the international representative on the executive Board of ATSA (2017 -2023); the conference chair on the NOTA Board; the lead of the Confederation of European Probation working group on sexual offences; the research chair on the Circles Europe board; lead Blogger on the SAJRT BLOG and the  NOTA Blog;  a member of the NOTA Research committee; as well as an advisor to tge Council of Europe and the European Commission on working with individuals who commit sexual offences. Recently, he was involved with a Council of Europe project examining, and developing recommendations, around the assessment, management, and integration of people who have committed sexual offenses (2019 – 21).

Professor McCartan has a number of academic outputs, including, 120+ academic publications (Journal Articles, Books, Chapters, External Research Reports & Professional/Practitioner publications); 195+ blogs; received over 1/2 million pounds in external funding; & has given 200+ external presentations (Conference Papers & Keynotes); & has taken part in 40+ media interviews nationally as well as internationally.

Kieran has held the post of Deputy Chair of Trustees and in September 2022 was appointed Chair of Trustees.

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