Dr Avril Brandon

Law

Lecturer/Assistant Professor

New House
304
(01) 4747208

Biography

Dr Avril Brandon joined the Department of Law as an Assistant Professor/Lecturer in Criminology in September 2019. Her research explores ethnic prejudice in the criminal justice system and the experience of minority ethnic and non-national groups within the system. 

She received her PhD from UCD School of Psychology, completing research entitled: ‘Investigating the role of ethnic prejudice in the Irish criminal justice system.’. Within this interdisciplinary project, she carried out quantitative analysis on sentencing data provided by the Irish Prison Service to ascertain whether sentencing differences were visible between Irish and non-Irish nationals (Brandon & O’Connell, 2018); she examined whether punitive attitudes differed based on offender and victim ethnicity; and she conducted qualitative research, interviewing members of the Irish Travelling Community and An Garda Síochána to explore the nature of their relationship. Throughout this project, she engaged with a number of key stakeholders, including Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre, An Garda Síochána, the Irish Prison Service and the Irish Probation Service. She was awarded a Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship from the Irish Research Council for this research.

Following completion of her doctoral research, Dr Brandon has begun to examine the prison-release experience of members of the Irish Travelling community. This project has been designed in collaboration with Professor Denis Bracken (University of Manitoba).

She welcomes
 research proposals in these areas from prospective PhD candidates.

Research Interests

Her research focuses on ethnic prejudice within the criminal justice system, and the experiences of minority ethnic and non-national groups engaged with the system. 

Research Projects

  Project Role Funding Body / Program Description Start Date End Date Award (€)
Examining the prison release experience of the Irish Travelling community in Ireland. Co-PI /
Exploring the experience of open prisons in Ireland. Co-PI /
Examining the impact of CyberSafeIreland online safety talks in primary schools. PI / 01-APR-19 30-SEP-20
Exploring the impact of student mobility and extracurricular engagement on academic performance and graduate employability. PI / 04-NOV-18 29-NOV-19

Books

  Year Publication
2022 Minority Ethnic Prisoners and the COVID-19 Lockdown Issues, Impacts and Implications.
Avril Brandon & Gavin Dingwall (2022) Minority Ethnic Prisoners and the COVID-19 Lockdown Issues, Impacts and Implications. Bristol, UK: Bristol University Press. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2021 'Exploring the Impact of Student Mobility and Extracurricular Engagement on Academic Performance and Graduate Outcomes'
Brandon, A., Hetherington, C. & Redmond, B. (2021) 'Exploring the Impact of Student Mobility and Extracurricular Engagement on Academic Performance and Graduate Outcomes' In: Broucker, B., Pritchard, R.M.O., Melin, G & Milsom, C (eds). Sustaining the Future of Higher Education. The Netherlands: Brill. [DOI] [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2018 'Same crime: Different punishment? investigating sentencing disparities between irish and non-irish nationals in the irish criminal justice system'
Brandon A.;O'Connell M. (2018) 'Same crime: Different punishment? investigating sentencing disparities between irish and non-irish nationals in the irish criminal justice system'. British Journal of Criminology, 58 (5):1127-1146 [DOI] [full-text] [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2021 Crime and Harm: Challenges of social and global justice?.
Avril Brandon & Gavin Dingwall (2021) Crime and Harm: Challenges of social and global justice?. [Oral Presentation], Lockdown: The Impact of Covid-19 on Minority Ethnic Prisoners, The Open University , 07-JUL-21 - 09-JUL-21 [Details]
2021 COVID-19 and the ‘Crisis’ in Criminal Justice.
Avril Brandon & Gavin Dingwall (2021) COVID-19 and the ‘Crisis’ in Criminal Justice. [Oral Presentation], Contextualising the Impact of the Covid-19 Lockdown on Ethnic Minority Prisoners, University of the West of England - UWE Bristol , 21-JUL-21 [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
2020 Exploring the Impact of Student Mobility and Extracurricular Engagement on Academic Performance and Graduate Outcomes.
Brandon, A., Redmond, B. & Hetherington, C. (2020) Exploring the Impact of Student Mobility and Extracurricular Engagement on Academic Performance and Graduate Outcomes. Universitas 21, University of Birmingham. [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2019 FitzPatrick Foundation Funding Award FitzPatrick Foundation
2016 Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Irish Research Council

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Psychology Society of Ireland Graduate Member /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
International Committee Member /
Research Committee Member /

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2018 University College Dublin PhD Psychology
2011 University College Dublin BA (Hons) Geography; Spanish
2013 University College Dublin Higher Diploma Psychology

Teaching Interests

Dr Brandon has designed and delivers the modules, LW297: Ethnicity, Crime & Punishment (undergraduate) and  LW696: Research Methods in Criminology (postgraduate). Full details available through Course Finder.

She also co-delivers the modules, LW166 Exploring Criminology and LW165 Introduction to Criminal Justice.