Before joining The Open University, I spent 10 years with The University of Sheffield studying a BA in History, an MA in International Criminology, an MA in Law, and a PhD in Criminal Justice. I am currently studying for a BSc in Economics & Maths.
During my PhD, I completed an internship with The Sentencing Council for England & Wales, supporting the creation of new sentencing guidelines and producing theoretical papers critiquing different approaches to structured sentencing.
For two years following the completion of my PhD, I managed and conducted a range of research projects for the social business, Catch22.
My main research interest focuses on the harm caused by prohibitionist drug policies. In particular, my work explores the links between socioeconomic inequality, drug markets, violence, and the harms of criminalising young people involved in drug distribution.
I have a continued interest in alternatives to imprisonment, particularly in relation to community sanctions and the recent outsourcing of roles traditionally performed by the public sector probation service to private Community Rehabilitation Companies.
In addition, I have conducted research and published papers on the subjects of sentencing, deterrence, social media and alternative provision.
Irwin-Rogers, K. (Forthcoming) Racism and Racial Discrimination in the Criminal Justice System: Exploring the views of men serving sentences of imprisonment. Justice, Power, Resistance.
Irwin-Rogers, K. (2017) Legitimacy on licence: Why and how legitimacy matters. The Howard Journal of Crime & Justice. 56(1): 53-71.
Irwin-Rogers, K. (2017) Staff-resident relationships in Approved Premises: What a difference a door makes. Probation Journal. 64(4): 388-404.
Irwin-Rogers, K. and Harding, S. (In preparation) Challenging the orthodoxy on pupil gang involvement: When two social fields collide.
Gazal-Ayal, O., Irwin-Rogers, K. and Talmon, Y. (In preparation) Increasing the severity of fines: Specific deterrence and avoidance.
Irwin-Rogers, K. (In preparation) A toxic trap: Inequality, consumer capitalism and young people's involvement in drug distribution.
Roberts, J. V. and Irwin-Rogers, K. (In preparation) Swimming against the tide: The Suspended Sentence Order in England & Wales 2004-2018.
Irwin-Rogers, K., Densley, J. and Pinkney, C. (2018) Social media and Gang Violence. In J. L. Ireland, P. Birch and C. A. Ireland (Eds.) International Handbook on Aggression. Abingdon: Routledge.
Irwin-Rogers, K. and Perry, T. W. (2015) Sentencing Domestic Burglary. In J. V. Roberts (Ed.) Exploring Sentencing Practice in England and Wales. London: Palgrave.
Roberts, J. V. and Irwin-Rogers, K. (2015) Overview of sentencing patterns and historical trends in sentencing. In J. V. Roberts (Ed.) Exploring Sentencing Practice in England and Wales. London: Palgrave.
Irwin-Rogers, K., Decker, S., Stephenson, S., Rostami, A. and van Hellemont, E. (Forthcoming) Street gangs and urban violence in Europe. In Igor, V. (Ed.) International Handbook of Global Urban Health. Abingdon: Routledge.
Irwin-Rogers, K. and Reeves, C. (In preparation) Post-prison Residential Supervision.
Irwin-Rogers, K. and Shuter, M. (2017) Fairness in the Criminal Justice System: What's race got to do with it? London, Catch22.
Irwin-Rogers, K. and Pinkney, C. (2017) Social Media as a Catalyst and Trigger for Youth Violence. London, Catch22.
Irwin-Rogers, K. (2016) Safer Schools: Keeping gang culture outside of the school gates. London, Catch22.
Based on the findings of my recent research on the links between young people’s activity on social media and serious youth violence, I have engaged in a range of impact and engagement activities, including:
Based on the findings of my research on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic disproportionate representation in the criminal justice system:
I am currently a supporting academic to the ongoing cross-party Commission on Youth Violence.