Dr Ian Marder

Law

Lecturer / Assistant Professor

New House
(01) 474 7598

Biography

Dr. Ian D. Marder (@iancriminology) joined the Department of Law as Lecturer in Criminology in May 2018. He holds a Ph.D. in Law from the University of Leeds, where his doctoral research explored the institutionalisation of restorative justice in the police.

Before joining Maynooth, he worked as Research Associate at the University of Liverpool on the N8 Policing Research Partnership's Public Engagement Strand, and as Scientific Expert to the Council of Europe, drafting Recommendation CM/Rec(2018)8 concerning restorative justice in criminal matters. 

He founded and manages the Community of Restorative Researchers (@restorative_res), a network which supports and disseminates research on restorative justice and restorative practices. He is a Global Justice Consultant with the Incarceration Nations Network, a member of the European Forum for Restorative Justice Research Committee, and a member of the Criminal Justice Alliance Expert Group on Restorative Justice. He is also a Member of the International Society for Therapeutic Jurisprudence, the Irish Penal Reform Trust and the Society of Evidence Based Policing.

Within Maynooth Department of Law, Ian is Director of Outreach and Engagement, and Chair of the MA in Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice. He is also a member of the Prison Visiting Committee for Arbour Hill.

Ian is from Canada and holds dual Canadian-British citizenship. He is happy to speak to the media and others in relation to issues around policing, restorative justice and criminal justice reform. He is also happy to give guest lectures and contribute to public- and practitioner-focused publications.

Research Interests

I am primarily concerned with encouraging and supporting evidence-led criminal justice reform and innovation, for which I conduct and disseminate research and engage with policymakers, managers and practitioners.

I am involved in a range of collaborations with researchers, governments, public services and NGOs in several countries to develop and study the use of restorative justice and restorative practices. For example, I coordinate Restorative Justice: Strategies for Change, a four-year project (2019-2023) to implement the Council of Europe Recommendation CM/Rec(2018)8 concerning restorative justice in criminal matters in ten countries.

I am also part of a group who conduct research, using advanced quantitative methods and policy analysis, to assess the design of sentencing guidelines and their impact on judicial decision-making in different jurisdictions.

Previously, I have conducted research on the institutionalisation of restorative justice in the police, the use of restorative justice with young adults, burglary victims' experiences of restorative justice post-sentence, public attitudes towards restorative policing, and the development of restorative justice in universities. I also have a broader interest in practitioner discretion and decision-making in criminal justice, and 

Beyond criminal justice, I am interested in the potential of social enterprise to promote socioeconomic rights, particularly within the financial sector. I have conducted research on high-cost credit, social finance, and the role of universities in promoting and supporting inclusive growth. I
 am also interested in disarmament and have conducted research with the UNODA to explore the integration of stockpile management concerns into disaster risk reduction strategies.

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2020 'Institutionalising restorative justice in the police: Key findings from a study of two English police forces'
Marder, I. (2020) 'Institutionalising restorative justice in the police: Key findings from a study of two English police forces'. Contemporary Justice Review, Online first :1-28 [IR Link] [Details]
2019 'Restorative justice as the new default in Irish criminal justice'
Marder, I. (2019) 'Restorative justice as the new default in Irish criminal justice'. Irish Probation Journal, 16 :60-82 [IR Link] [Details]
2019 'Restorative Justice: Strategies for Change – a collective strategy for Ireland, 2019-2023'
Marder, I., O’Dwyer, K, Fernee, U. and Chapman, T (2019) 'Restorative Justice: Strategies for Change – a collective strategy for Ireland, 2019-2023'. The Journal of Mediation & Applied Conflict Analysis, 6 (1):1-12 [Details]
2019 'Have the England and Wales Guidelines Affected Sentencing Severity? An Empirical Analysis Using a Scale of Severity and Time-Series Analyses'
Pina-Sánchez, J. Gosling, J. Chung, H., Bourgeois, E., Geneletti, S., Marder, I. (2019) 'Have the England and Wales Guidelines Affected Sentencing Severity? An Empirical Analysis Using a Scale of Severity and Time-Series Analyses'. British Journal of Criminology, :1-23 [IR Link] [Details]
2018 'Nudge the judge? Theorizing the interaction between heuristics, sentencing guidelines and sentence clustering'
Marder, I. Pina-Sánchez, J (2018) 'Nudge the judge? Theorizing the interaction between heuristics, sentencing guidelines and sentence clustering'. Criminology and Criminal Justice, :1-17 [IR Link] [Details]
2018 'Individualisation at sentencing: The effects of guidelines and ‘preferred’ numbers'
Roberts, J., Pina-Sanchez, J., Marder, I. (2018) 'Individualisation at sentencing: The effects of guidelines and ‘preferred’ numbers'. Criminal Law Review, (2):123-136 [IR Link] [Details]
2016 'Communicating and Collaborating Across Nations, Professions and Disciplines in Restorative Justice'
Marder, I. (2016) 'Communicating and Collaborating Across Nations, Professions and Disciplines in Restorative Justice'. Restorative Justice: An International Journal, 4 (2):237-246 [IR Link] [Details]
2015 '’Crimes against Peace’ and International Law by Kirsten Sellars [Book review]'
Marder, I. (2015) '’Crimes against Peace’ and International Law by Kirsten Sellars [Book review]'. Asian Journal of International Law, 5 (2):414-415 [IR Link] [Details]
2014 'Waves of Healing: Using Restorative Justice for Street Group Violence by Theo Gavrielides [Book review]'
Marder, I. (2014) 'Waves of Healing: Using Restorative Justice for Street Group Violence by Theo Gavrielides [Book review]'. Restorative Justice: An International Journal, 2 (1):103-106 [IR Link] [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
2015 Restorative Introductions.
Marder, I. (2015) Restorative Introductions. European Forum for Restorative Justice, Leuven, Belgium. [Details]
2014 Opportunities to use Restorative Justice in the Moroccan Criminal Justice Process.
Marder, I. (2014) Opportunities to use Restorative Justice in the Moroccan Criminal Justice Process. Search for Common Ground Maghreb, Rabat, Morocco. [Details]
2013 Restorative Justice for Young Adults: Factoring in Maturity and Facilitating Desistance.
Marder, I. (2013) Restorative Justice for Young Adults: Factoring in Maturity and Facilitating Desistance. Restorative Justice Council, London, UK. [Details]

Magazine Article

  Year Publication
2019 Restorative policing: a subject for public deliberation?.
Marder, I. (2019) Restorative policing: a subject for public deliberation?. Magazine Article [Details]
2019 Building restorative probation services, Probation Quarterly.
Marder, I. (2019) Building restorative probation services, Probation Quarterly. Magazine Article [Details]
2018 What's new in restorative justice research? (Vol. 4), Resolution - Restorative Justice Council.
Marder, I. (2018) What's new in restorative justice research? (Vol. 4), Resolution - Restorative Justice Council. Magazine Article [Details]
2018 What's new in restorative justice research? (Vol. 3), Resolution - Restorative Justice Council.
Marder, I. (2018) What's new in restorative justice research? (Vol. 3), Resolution - Restorative Justice Council. Magazine Article [Details]
2018 Restorative justice and the Council of Europe: an opportunity for progress, European Forum for Restorative Justice Quarterly Newsletter.
Marder, I. (2018) Restorative justice and the Council of Europe: an opportunity for progress, European Forum for Restorative Justice Quarterly Newsletter. Magazine Article [Details]
2017 What’s new in restorative justice research? (Vol. 1), Resolution - Restorative Justice Council.
Marder, I. (2017) What’s new in restorative justice research? (Vol. 1), Resolution - Restorative Justice Council. Magazine Article [Details]
2013 Restorative justice and young adults: the benefits of a fresh approach, Criminal Law and Justice Weekly.
Marder, I. (2013) Restorative justice and young adults: the benefits of a fresh approach, Criminal Law and Justice Weekly. Magazine Article [Details]
2013 Pre-sentence restorative justice: an international perspective, Magistrate Magazine.
Marder, I. (2013) Pre-sentence restorative justice: an international perspective, Magistrate Magazine. Magazine Article [Details]

Blog

  Year Publication
2020 Justice and healing during the pandemic, European Forum for Restorative Justice.
Marder, I. (2020) Justice and healing during the pandemic, European Forum for Restorative Justice. Blog [Details]
2020 How will Ireland police the pandemic? RTE Brainstorm.
Marder, I. (2020) How will Ireland police the pandemic? RTE Brainstorm. Blog [Details]
2020 Restorative justice and COVID-19: responding restoratively during/to the crisis, European Forum for Restorative Justice.
Marder, I. (2020) Restorative justice and COVID-19: responding restoratively during/to the crisis, European Forum for Restorative Justice. Blog [Details]
2019 Five international justice ideas for Ireland to consider, RTE Brainstorm.
Marder, I. (2019) Five international justice ideas for Ireland to consider, RTE Brainstorm. Blog [Details]
2019 How would you cope as a child with a parent in prison? RTE Brainstorm.
Marder, I. & Maher, A. (2019) How would you cope as a child with a parent in prison? RTE Brainstorm. Blog [Details]
2019 How to create a better Irish criminal justice system, RTE Brainstorm.
Marder, I. (2019) How to create a better Irish criminal justice system, RTE Brainstorm. Blog [Details]
2019 Would prosecuting 3,500 young people have solved their problems?, RTE Brainstorm.
Marder, I. (2019) Would prosecuting 3,500 young people have solved their problems?, RTE Brainstorm. Blog [Details]
2019 Developing restorative justice in law, policy and practice: Learning from around the world, Penal Reform International.
Marder, I. (2019) Developing restorative justice in law, policy and practice: Learning from around the world, Penal Reform International. Blog [Details]
2018 Developing restorative justice across Europe, Confederation of European Probation.
Marder, I. and Chapman, T. (2018) Developing restorative justice across Europe, Confederation of European Probation. Blog [Details]
2016 We must not confuse explanations with excuses, TransConflict.
Marder, I. (2016) We must not confuse explanations with excuses, TransConflict. Blog [Details]
2016 Funding restorative justice in England and Wales, The Justice Gap.
Marder, I. (2016) Funding restorative justice in England and Wales, The Justice Gap. Blog [Details]
2016 Police involvement in delivering restorative justice in England and Wales, N8 Policing Research Partnership.
Marder, I. (2016) Police involvement in delivering restorative justice in England and Wales, N8 Policing Research Partnership. Blog [Details]
2015 The need for a national association of volunteer restorative practitioners in the UK, Restorative Works.
Marder, I. (2015) The need for a national association of volunteer restorative practitioners in the UK, Restorative Works. Blog [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2020 Maynooth University Teaching Award (Nominated) Maynooth University
2020 Team Teaching and Learning Fellowship Centre for Teaching and Learning
2017 ESRC Social Sciences Impact Accelerator Leeds Social Sciences Institute
2017 Cutting Edge Award (Nominated) Restorative Practice Awards
2015 ESRC Overseas Institute Visit Award Economic and Social Research Council
2013 ESRC +3 Fellowship Economic and Social Research Council

Teaching Interests

I coordinate four modules - LW269 Policing (2nd year BA/BCL), LW380 Victimology (3rd year BA/BCL), LW454 Introduction to Criminology (4th year LLB) and LW687 Restorative Justice (MA) - and supervise master's students on the LW653 Placement and LW690 Dissertation modules. In 2018/19, I taught LW164 Introduction to Criminological Theory and LW165 Introduction to Criminal Justice.

In 2019/20, I won a Team Teaching and Learning Fellowship to involve students in reviewing and redesigning a final-year module, and was nominated for the Maynooth  Teaching Award.

I greatly enjoy teaching criminology and criminal justice, and would gladly deliver bespoke classes to students, the public and practitioners. I have taught at universities in Belgium, Czech Republic, Belarus, Albania, Ireland and the UK. Since joining Maynooth, I have participated in Communiversity and contributed to PO224 Researching Criminology, LW631 Criminology and Criminal Justice, the Certificate in Restorative Practice and Mediation and the Diploma in Mediation, Negotiation and Conflict. I have also taught restorative justice to police officers at West Yorkshire Police, and to trainee and serving prison and probation officers at the National College of Security Sciences in Estonia. 

Previously, at the University of Leeds (2013-2018), I taught on a wide range of modules, including penology, research methods, youth justice, victimology, criminal justice processes, transnational crime and justice, foundations of social science, and introductory crime and justice courses