Before joining The Open University, I spent 10 years with The University of Sheffield studying for 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, helping to develop new sentencing guidelines and producing theoretical papers critiquing different approaches to structured sentencing. I also worked as a research assistant at the University of Haifa and was contracted by the University of Minnesota’s Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice to support a project examining the role of previous convictions in sentencing.
After completing my PhD, I spent two years designing, managing and conducting a range of research projects for the social business, Catch22.
My most recent research examines the harms caused by prohibitionist drug policies. In particular, my work explores the links between socioeconomic inequality, drug markets, and the harms of criminalising young people involved in drug distribution.
During 2016/17, I supported the Lammy Review into racial bias in the criminal justice system by conducting a comprehensive review of relevant literature, alongside a study exploring people’s perceptions of unfairness and discrimination in the criminal justice system.
My PhD research centred on post-custodial sanctions, focusing on the supervision of people leaving prison by probation and hostel workers. The research explored the experiences and views of people on licence and developed a theoretical framework based on the concept of legitimacy to better understand the dynamics of supervision in Approved Premises and the community. I have a continued interest in this area, particularly concerning the effects of 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 and deterrence.
Selection of publications and conference papers:
Irwin-Rogers, K. (In press) Staff-resident relationships in Approved Premises: What a difference a door makes. Probation Journal.
Irwin-Rogers, K., Densley, J. and Pinkney, C. (In press) 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. (2016) Legitimacy on licence: Why and how legitimacy matters. The Howard Journal of Crime & Justice. DOI: 10.1111/hojo.12191
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.
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. and Harding, S. (In preparation) The effects of gang involvement on pupil attitudes and behaviour: 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.
Irwin-Rogers, K. (In preparation) Racism in the Criminal Justice System: Exploring the views of people serving sentences of imprisonment.
Irwin-Rogers, K., Decker, S., Stephenson, S., Rostami, A. and van Hellemont, E. (In preparation) Street gangs and urban violence in Europe.
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 activities, including:
Based on the findings of my research on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic disproportionate representation in the criminal justice system:
Supporting academic to the ongoing cross-party Commission on Youth Violence.