Dr Kieran McCartan

About me

Dr McCartan is the leader of the Social Science Research Group (2013 - ongoing) and joint coordinator of the Sexual Violence Research Network (2014 - ongoing) at UWE. Previously, 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).

Dr McCartan 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, 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 - 16/0.

Dr McCartan has over 30 academic publications (incl., Journal Articles, Books, Book Chapters & External Research Reports); 70+ public &/or practitioner publications (incl., blogs, forum pieces and practitioner articles); generated over 1/2 million pounds in external research funding; and has given 90+ external presentations (incl., Conference Papers & invited Keynotes); & taken part in 25+ media interviews (incl., ABC Lateline, Australia; Pionts West, BBC England; Nolan Live, BBC Northern Ireland; BBC International; TV Live Asia). 

Area of expertise


  • Adjunct Associate Professor in Criminology, School of Justice, Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
  • A visiting Research Fellow at the University of Huddersfield
  • Associate Editor for Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research & Treatment" and "Cogent Social Science";
  • A member of the ESRC peer review college;
  • A member of the ATSA Prevention committee, the NOTA Prevention committee and the NOTA Research committee
  • A member of the Executive Board of Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (USA/Canada);
  • A board member and Trustee of Circles South West (UK);
  • A member of the Executive Research Advisory Panel, Bravehearts Inc (Australia);
  • Lead Blogger on the SAJRT blog & NOTA Prevention Blog;
  • Has been a visiting scholar at University of Minnesota (April 2014), at San Jose State University (November 2014) and Griffith University (Summer 2015);

Research Areas

  • Sex offender registries and the public notification of this information.
  • Developments in new technology, especially mobile phone technology, and sexual offending.
  • Emotional congruence, relationships and sexual offenders
  • Broad societal and cultural attitudes to sexual offenders their aetiology, punishment, treatment and reintegration.
  • Public Health approaches to preventing, as well as responding to, sexual abuse.
  • Evaluation and Impact of Circles of Support and Accountability.


Selected funded research projects

  • An evaluation of Circles of Support and Accountability (South Australia) and the Reintegration of Indigenous Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act perpetrators (Queensland)​. ANROWS. (Co-applicant)
  • Community engagement and partnership working in facilitating sex offender reintegration. Leverhulme International Networks Grant. (Principal Investigator) http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/hls/research/offenderengagement.aspx
  • Evaluation of the Lighthouse victim care pathway. Avon & Somerset Police. (Principle Investigator)
  • Evaluation of Predictive Analytics in Policing. A joint funded PhD with Avon & Somerset Police and UWE. (Co-applicant)
  • Circles of Support and Accountability: Volunteering and Social Action. Cabinet office, Social Rehabilitation Fund. (Co-applicant – Lead Evaluator)
  • Domestic Violence University Bystander Intervention Resources Specification. Public Health England. (Co-applicant).
  • Evaluation of the Troubled families initiative. Bristol City Council. (Co-applicant).
  • Circles of Support and Accountability - a qualitative analysis. Ministry of Justice. (Principal Investigator)
  • Public disclosure of sex offender information. ESRC Knowledge Impact Grant. (Principle Investigator). http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/hls/research/sexoffenderpublicdisclosure.aspx
  • Evaluation of the SaRCS Programme in Wiltshire Probation Services. Wiltshire Probation. (Named researcher - part of the evaluation team)

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