Dr Ian Marder

Law

Lecturer

New House
(01) 4747598

Biography

Dr. Ian D. Marder (@iancriminology) joined the Department of Law as Lecturer in Criminology in May 2018. He holds a B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice, an M.A. in International and Comparative Criminal Justice and a Ph.D. in Law, all from the University of Leeds (UK) School of Law. Before joining Maynooth, he was Research Associate at the Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology, University of Liverpool (UK), where he worked on the Public Engagement Strand of the N8 Policing Research Partnership.

In 2017/18, he acted as Scientific Expert to the Council of Europe's Council for Penological Co-operation, with whom he drafted a new Recommendation concerning restorative justice in criminal matters. Since May 2016, he has also been Visiting Fellow at the Durham and Darlington Restorative Hub, for whom he conducts small research projects on an ad hoc basis.

Ian is the founder and manager of the Community of Restorative Researchers, a research network open to all persons and organisations involved or interested in restorative justice or restorative practice in any capacity. For more information, please email Ian (ian.marder@mu.ie), or search for the network on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter (@restorative_res) and Mixcloud (to find its podcast series). He also works closely with the European Forum for Restorative Justice and other professional associations, helping to develop restorative justice policies and practices and improve the accessibility of research in this field. 

Ian was born in Canada, holds both Canadian and British citizenship and is excited to be a part of the development of criminology in Ireland. He would be happy to speak to the media in relation to any issues around policing, crime and criminal justice reform.

Research Interests

My main research interest is in the theory, applications and implementation of restorative justice. My work in this field focuses largely on engaging governments and criminal justice agencies to encourage the safe, evidence-based development of restorative justice. Through this, I have developed a range of interests regarding the operational approaches of different criminal justice agencies (especially police and probation) and certain types of crime and conflict (particularly hate crime, inter-cultural conflict, low-level violence and neighbourhood conflict). I am also interested in the development of restorative justice legislation and national, regional and institutional restorative justice strategies and policies. Moreover, I am interested in the application of restorative approaches beyond the criminal procedure, including in schools and university settings, in social work and child protection, and proactively within communities and organisations. Following the adoption of the Council of Europe Recommendation concerning restorative justice in criminal matters in October 2018, I will work with colleagues from across Europe to stimulate its implementation.

My Ph.D research - funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, supervised by Prof. Anthea Hucklesby and Prof. Adam Crawford, and examined by Prof. Carolyn Hoyle (University of Oxford) - explored the institutionalisation of restorative justice in two English police forces (2013-2018). I am currently in the process of writing up this study for publication. I have also conducted research in restorative justice for the Restorative Justice Council (on its use with young adults, 2013), Restorative Solutions (on burglary victims' experiences of post-sentence restorative justice, 2011), the European Forum for Restorative Justice (on its teaching in universities, 2015) and Search for Common Ground Maghreb (on its development in Moroccan Child Detention Centres, 2013).

My research in policing caused me to develop a broader interest in practitioner decision-making, leading to my involvement in a project on sentencing. With colleagues from the Universities of Leeds and Oxford, I am currently undertaking research which uses advanced quantitative methods and policy analysis to assess and compare the impact of sentencing guidelines on judicial decision-making in different jurisdictions.

More broadly, I am interested in progressive criminal justice reform and in the development of research evidence and the public, governmental and institutional engagement required to support such reforms. 

Outside of criminology, I have a research interest in social finance, social enterprise and social value. My master's thesis (2012) compared the harm caused by the reborrowing phenomenon in the US and UK high-cost credit sectors and explored the potential to support nonprofit alternatives as a harm reduction strategy. Subsequently, I conducted research for Ecology Building Society (2012), writing a report which situated their work in the broader academic and legal context of social finance. More recently (2017-18), I ran a project on behalf of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and funded by the Leeds Social Sciences Institute, which explored
 the role of universities in ensuring that the benefits of economic growth were equitably distributed. I am also interested in disarmament, having conducted research for the United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs (2013) on the integration of stockpile management concerns into disaster risk reduction strategies.

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
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 [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 [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 [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 [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
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
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
2017 'Cutting Edge' (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

In 2018/19, I will coordinate the following modules at Maynooth University:   

- LW269 Policing (2nd year BCL and BA)
- LW454 Introduction to Criminology (4th year LLB)   

I will also teach half of each of the following modules

- LW164B Introduction to Criminological Theory (1st year BCL and BA)
- LW165A Introduction to Criminal Justice (1st year BCL and BA)

Finally, I will give guest lectures on the following modules:

- PO224 Researching Criminology (BCL and BA)
- LW631 Criminology and Criminal Justice (MA/LLM)

At the University of Leeds (2013-2018), I taught a wide range of subjects, including penology, youth justice, restorative justice, victimology, criminal justice processes, transnational crime, foundations of social science, research methods and introductory crime and criminal justice modules. I have also guest lectured on restorative justice at KU Leuven (Belgium, 2015), the University of Gloucestershire (UK, 2016) and the University of Tirana (Albania, 2018), and taught restorative justice to police officers at West Yorkshire Police (UK, 2018) and to prison officers, probation officers and student prison officers at the National Academy of Security Sciences (Estonia, 2018).