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.
|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|
|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]
|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
|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]
|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]
|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
|2019||FitzPatrick Foundation Funding Award||FitzPatrick Foundation|
|2016||Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship||Irish Research Council|
|Association||Function||From / To|
|Psychology Society of Ireland||Graduate Member||/|
|Committee||Function||From / To|
|2018||University College Dublin||PhD||Psychology|
|2011||University College Dublin||BA (Hons)||Geography; Spanish|
|2013||University College Dublin||Higher Diploma||Psychology|
She also co-delivers the modules, LW166 Exploring Criminology and LW165 Introduction to Criminal Justice.