Dr Ian Marder
I joined Maynooth University School of Law and Criminology as Assistant Professor in Criminology in May 2018. Within the School, I act as Director of Outreach and Engagement, Chair of the MA in Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice, Deputy Director of Postgraduate Studies, and Deputy Director of the Research Centre for Criminology.
I am an expert in criminal justice reform, particularly in the development of restorative justice and restorative practices in criminal justice. My work explores how to reduce the harm caused by crime and criminal justice, and how to identify, communicate and implement humane, evidence-based ways to meet citizen and professional needs in the justice context. I write about restorative justice, using restorative practices to change institutional cultures in criminal justice and higher education, and the design and impact of sentencing guidelines. I also write for public and professional audiences to disseminate knowledge on criminal justice reform.
In 2023, I am collaborating with colleagues from academia, policy and practice on several projects, including:
- Restorative Justice: Strategies for Change (2019-2024), in which partners from ten countries work together to implement the 2018 Council of Europe Recommendation concerning restorative justice in criminal matters, funded in Ireland by the Department of Justice (from 2020-2021).
- Evaluating restorative practices training for senior leaders in the Irish Prison Service (2022-2023), funded by the Irish Prison Service.
- Using restorative practices to build understanding between police officers and young Black adults in Dublin West (2021-2023), funded by the Irish Research Council.
- Investigating the experiences of academics and students in a Sustained Restorative Dialogue (2020-2023), funded by the MU Research Incentivisation Fund.
- Unlocking Potential - for fair admissions to higher education institutions for people with previous convictions (2020-), funded by the Public Service Innovation Fund (from 2020-2022).
I established two academic networks: the Restorative Justice Pedagogy Network, which focuses on teaching restorative justice and restorative practices in universities; and the Community of Restorative Researchers which disseminates research on restorative justice and restorative practices, and connects researchers with policymakers and practitioners.
I am a member of the European Forum for Restorative Justice, the Irish Penal Reform Trust and the International Society for Therapeutic Jurisprudence. I sit on the Department of Justice's Youth Justice Advisory Group. I am also a Lecturer with the International Institute for Restorative Practices (2021-) and an Adjunct Professor with Vermont Law School’s Centre for Justice Reform (2022-).
I obtained my Ph.D. in 2018 from the University of Leeds Centre for Criminal Justice Studies (UK) for research on the institutionalisation of restorative justice in the police. Previously, I was a Research Associate at the University of Liverpool working with the N8 Policing Research Partnership (2018), and a Visiting Scholar at the KU Leuven Institute of Criminology (2015-2016). From 2017-2018, I acted as Scientific Expert to the Council of Europe to draft Recommendation CM/Rec(2018)8 concerning restorative justice in criminal matters.
I was born in Canada and hold dual Canadian-British citizenship. I am happy to speak to the media about restorative justice, policing, sentencing and criminal justice reform. I am also open to requests from public and third-sector organisations, educational institutions and professional bodies to give guest lectures and workshops, or to discuss developing restorative justice and restorative practices.
Peer Reviewed Journal
|2023||Ian Marder and Claire Hamilton (2023) 'Doing Criminology and Criminal Justice in Ireland: Perspectives from a Peripheral Nation'. Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, Online first . https://doi.org/10.1177/10439862221138668|
|2022||Garrihy J.; Marder I.; Gilheaney P. (2022) '‘Cocooning’ in prison during COVID-19: Findings from recent research in Ireland'. European Journal of Criminology, . [DOI]|
|2022||Marder, I. & Forde, L. (2022) 'Challenges in the Future of Restorative Youth Justice in Ireland: Minimising Intervention, Maximising Participation'. Youth Justice, Online first . [Link] https://doi.org/10.1177/1473225422112256|
|2022||Marder I.D.; Vaugh T.; Kenny C.; Dempsey S.; Savage E.; Weiner R.; Duffy K.; Hughes G. (2022) 'Enabling Student Participation in Course Review and Redesign: Piloting Restorative Practices and Design Thinking in an Undergraduate Criminology Programme'. Journal of Criminal Justice Education, 33 (4):526-547. [DOI]|
|2022||Marder I.D. (2022) 'Mapping restorative justice and restorative practices in criminal justice in the Republic of Ireland'. International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice, 70 . [DOI]|
|2021||Tidmarsh M.; Marder I.D. (2021) 'Beyond marketisation: Towards a relational future of professionalism in probation after transforming rehabilitation'. British Journal of Community Justice, 17 (2):22-45. [DOI]|
|2021||Marder, I. Lapouge, M., Garrihy, J. & Brandon, A. (2021) 'Empirical research on the impact and experience of open prisons: state of the field and future directions'. Prison Service Journal, 256 :3-9. [Link] [Full-Text]|
|2021||Marder, I. & Rossner, M. (2021) 'Restorative justice during and after COVID-19'. International Journal of Restorative Justice, 4 (2):305-314.|
|2021||Guilfoyle, E. & Marder, I. (2021) 'Using data to design and monitor sentencing guidelines: The case of Ireland'. Common Law World Review, 50 (2):103-119. [Link] [Full-Text]|
|2021||Marder, I. & Wexler, D. (2021) 'Mainstreaming restorative justice and therapeutic jurisprudence through higher education'. University of Baltimore Law Review, 50 (3):399-423. [Link]|
|2020||Marder I., Pina-Sánchez J. (2020) 'Nudge the judge? Theorizing the interaction between heuristics, sentencing guidelines and sentence clustering'. Criminology and Criminal Justice, 20 (4):399-415. [DOI] [Full-Text]|
|2020||Marder, I. (2020) 'The new international restorative justice framework: reviewing three years of progress and efforts to promote access to services and cultural change'. International Journal of Restorative Justice, 3 (3):395-418. [Link] [Full-Text]|
|2020||Marder I.D. (2020) 'Institutionalising restorative justice in the police: key findings from a study of two English police forces'. Contemporary Justice Review, 23 (4):500-526. [DOI] [Full-Text]|
|2020||Marder, I. & Zinsmeyer, C. (2020) 'Taastav õigus ja lähisuhtevägivald [Restorative justice and intimate partner violence]'. Sotsiaaltöö, 2020 (4):31-38. [Link]|
|2019||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, 59 (4):979-1001. [DOI] [Full-Text]|
|2019||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.|
|2019||Marder, I. (2019) 'Restorative justice as the new default in Irish criminal justice'. Irish Probation Journal, 16 (1):60-82. [Link] [Full-Text]|
|2018||Roberts, J., Pina-Sanchez, J., Marder, I. (2018) 'Individualisation at sentencing: The effects of guidelines and ‘preferred’ numbers'. Criminal Law Review, (2):123-136. [Full-Text]|
|2016||Marder, I. (2016) 'Communicating and Collaborating Across Nations, Professions and Disciplines in Restorative Justice'. Restorative Justice: An International Journal, 4 (2):237-246. [Link] [Full-Text]|
|2021||Marder, I., O’Dwyer, K, Fernee, U. and Chapman, T. (2021) Restorative justice services in Ireland – briefing for the Criminal Justice Strategic Committee. Restorative Justice: Strategies for Change, . [Link]|
|2021||Marder, I. (2021) International best practice - in Adoptee voices: Report on survey results carried out by Aitheantas – Adoptee Identity Rights. Aitheantas, . [Link]|
|2020||Marder, I. (2020) Building Restorative Probation Services. HMI Probation, . [Link]|
|2020||Gilheaney, P., Garrihy, J. & Marder, I. (2020) Ameliorating the impact of cocooning on people in custody. Office of the Inspector of Prisons, . [Link]|
|2014||Marder, I. (2014) Opportunities to use Restorative Justice in the Moroccan Criminal Justice Process. Search for Common Ground Maghreb, . [Link]|
|2013||Marder, I. (2013) Restorative Justice for Young Adults: Factoring in Maturity and Facilitating Desistance. Restorative Justice Council, . [Link]|
|2023||Marder, I. & Kurz, K. (2023) The Little Book of Police Youth Dialogue by Micah E. Johnson and Jeffrey Weisberg. BREV|
|2015||Marder, I. (2015) ’Crimes against Peace’ and International Law by Kirsten Sellars [Book review]. BREV [Link] [Full-Text]|
|2014||Marder, I. (2014) Waves of Healing: Using Restorative Justice for Street Group Violence by Theo Gavrielides [Book review]. BREV [Link] [Full-Text]|
|2023||Marder, I. (2023) Enough talk - we need to decriminalise the possession of drugs for personal use, The Journal. BLOG [Link]|
|2022||Marder, I. (2022) Dialogue can help gardaí better understand diverse communities, RTE Brainstorm. BLOG [Link]|
|2022||Marder, I. (2022) Building understanding between Gardaí and young Black adults in Blanchardstown: a briefing on the UBUNTU Project following Phase 2 (the dialogue process), Restorative Justice: Strategies for Change. BLOG [Link]|
|2022||Marder, I. (2022) An analysis of restorative justice in the Review of Policy Options for Prison and Penal Reform 2022-2024, Restorative Justice: Strategies for Change. BLOG [Link]|
|2022||Marder, I. (2022) 5 things a Citizens' Assembly on drug use should consider, RTE Brainstorm. BLOG [Link]|
|2022||Marder, I. (2022) How should Ireland's new sentencing guidelines operate? RTE Brainstorm. BLOG [Link]|
|2022||Marder, I. (2022) Restorative approaches to teaching and learning in higher education, Irish Universities Association. BLOG [Link]|
|2022||Marder, I. & Šachová, P. (2022) How the Venice Declaration Contributes to the International Restorative Justice Framework, European Forum for Restorative Justice. BLOG [Link]|
|2022||Ian D. Marder, Ciara Bracken-Roche, Joe Garrihy, Claire Hamilton, Gemma Lynch, Rose Ryan (2022) When people with convictions get degrees, everybody wins, RTE Brainstorm. BLOG [Link]|
|2021||O'Concubhair, C. & Marder, I. (2021) It was wrong to prosecute a 68-year-old Dublin woman for growing cannabis, The Journal. BLOG [Link]|
|2021||Marder, I. & Guilfoyle, E. (2021) Developing smart principles for sentencing guidelines in Ireland, Irish Penal Reform Trust. BLOG [Link]|
|2021||Marder, I. (2021) Would you meet the person who committed a crime against you? RTE Brainstorm. BLOG [Link]|
|2020||Marder, I. (2020) Who wants to meet me? Restorative Teaching Tools. BLOG [Link]|
|2020||Marder, I., Garrihy, J. & Gilheaney, P. (2020) How would you cope with cocooning in prison? RTE Brainstorm. BLOG [Link]|
|2020||Marder, I. & O'Brien, W. (2020) E4J collaborates with Maynooth University to host Justice Dialogue on restorative approaches to teaching criminal justice, UNODC. BLOG [Link]|
|2020||Marder, I. (2020) What does justice look like during and after COVID-19? European Forum for Restorative Justice. BLOG [Link]|
|2020||Marder, I. (2020) A restorative transition to the post-lockdown world, European Forum for Restorative Justice. BLOG [Link]|
|2020||Marder, I., O'Brien, W., Lee, J., Sweeney, R. (2020) Restorative justice pedagogy for higher education, UNODC. BLOG [Link]|
|2020||Marder, I. (2020) Justice and healing during the pandemic, European Forum for Restorative Justice. BLOG [Link]|
|2020||Marder, I. (2020) How will Ireland police the pandemic? RTE Brainstorm. BLOG [Link]|
|2020||Marder, I. (2020) Restorative justice and COVID-19: responding restoratively during/to the crisis, European Forum for Restorative Justice. BLOG [Link]|
|2019||Marder, I. (2019) Five international justice ideas for Ireland to consider, RTE Brainstorm. BLOG [Link]|
|2019||Marder, I. & Maher, A. (2019) How would you cope as a child with a parent in prison? RTE Brainstorm. BLOG [Link]|
|2019||Marder, I. (2019) How to create a better Irish criminal justice system, RTE Brainstorm. BLOG [Link]|
|2019||Marder, I. (2019) Would prosecuting 3,500 young people have solved their problems?, RTE Brainstorm. BLOG [Link]|
|2019||Marder, I. (2019) Developing restorative justice in law, policy and practice: Learning from around the world, Penal Reform International. BLOG [Link]|
|2018||Marder, I. and Chapman, T. (2018) Developing restorative justice across Europe, Confederation of European Probation. BLOG|
|2016||Marder, I. (2016) We must not confuse explanations with excuses, TransConflict. BLOG|
|2016||Marder, I. (2016) Funding restorative justice in England and Wales, The Justice Gap. BLOG|
|2016||Marder, I. (2016) Police involvement in delivering restorative justice in England and Wales, N8 Policing Research Partnership. BLOG|
|2015||Marder, I. (2015) The need for a national association of volunteer restorative practitioners in the UK, Restorative Works. BLOG|
|2019||Marder, I. (2019) Restorative policing: a subject for public deliberation? N8 Policing Research Partnership. MGZN [Link]|
|2019||Marder, I. (2019) Building restorative probation services, Probation Quarterly. MGZN [Link]|
|2018||Marder, I. (2018) What's new in restorative justice research? (Vol. 4), Resolution - Restorative Justice Council. MGZN [Link]|
|2018||Marder, I. (2018) What's new in restorative justice research? (Vol. 3), Resolution - Restorative Justice Council. MGZN|
|2018||Marder, I. (2018) Restorative justice and the Council of Europe: an opportunity for progress, European Forum for Restorative Justice Quarterly Newsletter. MGZN|
|2017||Marder, I. (2017) What’s new in restorative justice research? (Vol. 1), Resolution - Restorative Justice Council. MGZN|
|2013||Marder, I. (2013) Restorative justice and young adults: the benefits of a fresh approach, Criminal Law and Justice Weekly. MGZN|
|2013||Marder, I. (2013) Pre-sentence restorative justice: an international perspective, Magistrate Magazine. MGZN|
I supervise three PhD students:
- Catherine O'Connell (with Dr. Treasa Kenny), whose research explores the use of restorative approaches in organisational change.
- Damola Adeniran (with Dr. Joe Garrihy), whose research focuses on the implementation of restorative justice in Nigeria.
- Triona Kenny (with Dr. Avril Brandon), whose research focuses on secondary victimisation and therapeutic jurisprudence.
I have a keen interest in the teaching of restorative justice and the use of restorative practices in teaching and learning. I established the Restorative Justice Pedagogy Network in 2020. In 2019/20, I won a Team Teaching and Learning Fellowship for a project that used restorative practices to involve students in reviewing and redesigning a final-year module. In 2021/22, I won the Maynooth Teaching Award for my work using restorative practices to build community within the MA programme. In 2021, I obtained funding from the Estonian Ministry of Justice to support the University of Tartu to integrate restorative justice into its law curriculum.
I am open to requests for guest lecturing and community-based teaching. I have delivered guest lectures at over twenty universities in Belgium, Czech Republic, Belarus, Albania, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Argentina, the US and the UK. I have also taught restorative justice to criminal justice, legal and social work professionals in England, Ireland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Estonia. In 2020, I organised and delivered a short course on victimology for victim advocates.
On Maynooth's criminology and law programmes, I have contributed to PO224 Researching Criminology, LW631 Criminology and Criminal Justice, LW696 Research Methods in Criminology, LW398 Punishment, Penal Policies and Prisons, LW691 Professional Development, LW164 Introduction to Criminological Theory, LW165 Introduction to Criminal Justice and LW156 Introduction to Law II. I led LW454 Introduction to Criminology from 2018 to 2022. I have taught on Maynooth's BA in Community Studies, Certificate in Restorative Practice and Mediation, Diploma in Addiction Studies, Diploma in Mediation, Negotiation and Conflict, Master's in Social Work, and Communiversity programme.
At the University of Leeds (2013-2018), I taught a range of subjects, including penology, research methods, youth justice, victimology, transnational crime and justice, foundations of social science, and introductory crime and justice courses.