Dr Joe Garrihy

Law

Assistant Professor

Biography

Dr. Joe Garrihy is an Assistant Professor in Criminology at the School of Law and Criminology, Maynooth University. A specialist in penology, his research also addresses broad issues, lived experiences and policy across the fields of criminal justice and beyond. He holds a PhD in Criminology from University College Dublin based on his study examining prison officers' occupational cultures and identities in Ireland.

Joe has recently completed or is currently engaged in several projects including examinations of the experiences and rights of minority ethnic and Foreign National Prisoners, ‘cocooning’ in Irish prisons. Dr Garrihy is the project lead of the collaborative Unlocking Potential Project aiming to reform Higher Education admissions policies and practices for people with convictions and develop support services for the duration of their studies. A concurrent project examines employers’ attitudes to hiring people with lived experience while exploring people with convictions’ experience of the employment market.


These projects and wider research include collaborative and co-produced projects with the Irish Penal Reform Trust, the Irish Council for Prisoners Overseas, the Office of the Inspector of Prisons, the Pathways Centre, the Irish Prison Service, and the Probation Service among others. Funding for Joe’s research has been by secured through multiple grants from organisations including the Irish Research Council, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, the Public Sector Innovation Fund, and the Irish Penal Reform Trust. Joe’s work has been featured in diverse mediums including national broadcasters and international peer-reviewed journals including the British Journal of Criminology.

Reflecting his academic background in Anthropology, Sociology and Criminology, Joe’s teaching and research are multidisciplinary and collaborative while employing diverse research methodologies. He has led, developed, and delivered core and specialist modules across undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

Joe lectures courses on penology and comparative penal policies as well as introductory criminology and criminal justice courses. Joe welcomes potential research students and collaborations in penology, prison life and cultures, re-integrative pathways for people with convictions, and broader penal policies.

Research Interests

Penology, Prison life and cultures, Penal policy, Re-integration, Occupational cultures and identities, Ethnography, Mixed methods research. 

Research Projects

  Project Role Funding Body / Program Description Start Date End Date Award (€)
Working with Conviction: A Study on Employers' Attitudes to Hiring People with Criminal Convictions Co_PI Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) / Non Commercial 31-JAN-23 31-JUL-23 4500
Boxed Out: Higher education, criminal convictions, and perceptions of risk PI Irish Research Council (IRC) / New Foundations Recent scrutiny of Higher Education Institutions (HEI) admissions policies for people with conviction(s) (PWC) is justified but it remains critically under-researched in an Irish context. To drive sectoral reform and redevelopment, this collaborative study with the Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) will constitute the first empirical research on HEI admissions policies and practices regarding PWC in Ireland. Education is a protective factor which reduces recidivism and supports desistance from crime and reintegration, but barriers and stigmatisation are pronounced for PWC. Thus, an evidence-base for reform and fair admissions policies and practices is necessary to counteract the primacy of risk-based approaches. 16-DEC-22 15-SEP-23 11963
“Sometimes I’m missing the words”: The rights, needs and experiences of foreign national and minority ethnic groups in the Irish penal system. Co-PI Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) / Non Commercial 31-JAN-21 29-MAY-22 10000
Understanding the Needs and Perspectives of Foreign National Prisoners in Ireland Co-PI Irish Research Council (IRC) / Non Commercial 01-JAN-21 31-MAY-23 12000
Unlocking Potential Reforming Higher Education Policies and Practices for People with Convictions Chair / PI / Government State Bodies 01-JAN-20 01-FEB-24 20000

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2022 '‘Cocooning’ in prison during COVID-19: Findings from recent research in Ireland'
Joe Garrihy, Ian D. Marder, Patricia Gilheaney (2022) '‘Cocooning’ in prison during COVID-19: Findings from recent research in Ireland'. European Journal of Criminology, 0 (0) [DOI] [Details]
2022 '‘That Doesn’t Leave You’: Psychological Dirt and Taint in Prison Officers’ Occupational Cultures and Identities'
Joe Garrihy (2022) '‘That Doesn’t Leave You’: Psychological Dirt and Taint in Prison Officers’ Occupational Cultures and Identities'. British Journal of Criminology, 62 (4):982-999 [DOI] [Details]
2020 'Emotions and agency in prison research'
Garrihy J.;Watters A. (2020) 'Emotions and agency in prison research'. METHODOLOGICAL INNOVATIONS, 13 (2) [DOI] [full-text] [Details]
2022 'A Review of the Literature on Open Prison Research’'
Ian D. Marder, Magali Lapouge, Joe Garrihy, Avril Brandon (2022) 'A Review of the Literature on Open Prison Research’'. Prison Service Journal, 256 :3-9 [Details]
2020 '‘There are Fourteen Grey Areas’: ‘Jailing’, Professionalism and Legitimacy in Prison Officers’ Occupational Cultures'
Joe Garrihy (2020) '‘There are Fourteen Grey Areas’: ‘Jailing’, Professionalism and Legitimacy in Prison Officers’ Occupational Cultures'. Irish Probation Journal, (17):128-150 [full-text] [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
2022 ‘Nothing Feels as Good as Being Taken Seriously’: Experiencing Race, Ethnicity and Policy in the Penal System
Joe Garrihy (2022) ‘Nothing Feels as Good as Being Taken Seriously’: Experiencing Race, Ethnicity and Policy in the Penal System Irish Criminal Justice Agencies Conference [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2022 Cocooning in prison.
Joe Garrihy, Ian D Marder (2022) Cocooning in prison. [Oral Presentation], North South Criminology Conference 2022, University of Limerick [Details]
2022 Eurocrim.
Joe Garrihy and Ian Marder (2022) Eurocrim. [Oral Presentation], European Society of Criminology Conference, University of Malaga , 21-SEP-22 - 21-OCT-22 [Details]
2020 Prison: Emotional labour in Criminal Justice and Criminology.
Joe Garrihy, Aoife Watters (2020) Prison: Emotional labour in Criminal Justice and Criminology. [Oral Presentation], CrimCon, Online [Details]
2019 The Social Construction of Working Lives in Prison Work.
Joe Garrihy (2019) The Social Construction of Working Lives in Prison Work. [Oral Presentation], North South Irish Criminology Conference, University College Cork [Details]
2017 Psychological stigma and strategies for the management of taint.
Joe Garrihy (2017) Psychological stigma and strategies for the management of taint. [Oral Presentation], European Society of Criminology Conference, Cardiff University [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
2022 Sometimes I'm missing the words: The rights, needs and experiences of foreign national and minority ethnic groups in the Irish penal system.
Doyle, David; Brandon, Avril; Garrihy, Joe; Adanan, Amina; Bracken, Denis (2022) Sometimes I'm missing the words: The rights, needs and experiences of foreign national and minority ethnic groups in the Irish penal system. Irish Penal Reform Trust, Dublin. [full-text] [Details]
2020 Ameliorating the impact of cocooning on people in custody.
Gilheaney, P., Garrihy, J. & Marder, I. (2020) Ameliorating the impact of cocooning on people in custody. Office of the Inspector of Prisons, Dublin. [Details]

Blog

  Year Publication
2021 Exploring the rights and experiences of migrant and minority ethnic groups in the penal system in Ireland.
Avril Brandon, Amina Adanan, David Doyle, Joe Garrihy and Denis Bracken (2021) Exploring the rights and experiences of migrant and minority ethnic groups in the penal system in Ireland. Blog [Details]
2022 When people with convictions get degrees, everybody wins, RTE Brainstorm.
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 [Details]
2020 How would you cope with cocooning in prison?.
Ian D. Marder, Joe Garrihy, Office of the Inspector of Prisons (2020) How would you cope with cocooning in prison?. Blog [Details]

Policy Contribution

  Year Publication
2021 Public Consultation on the Review of Prison Rules: Submission to the Irish Prison Service concerning foreign national and ethnic minority prisoners.
Amina Adanan and Joe Garrihy (2021) Public Consultation on the Review of Prison Rules: Submission to the Irish Prison Service concerning foreign national and ethnic minority prisoners. Policy Contribution [Details]

Podcast

  Year Publication
2021 The Unlocking Potential Podcast.
Joe Garrihy (2021) The Unlocking Potential Podcast. Maynooth: Podcast [Details]

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
Postgraduate Research Committee Committee Member 2021 / 2023
Internalisation Committee Committee Member 2022 / 2023
British Society of Criminology Early Career Research Committee Committee Member 2021 /

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
University of Winchester Lecturer 13-AUG-18 / 06-SEP-19
Maynooth University Assistant Professor of Criminology 12-JUL-21 /
Birmingham City University Lecturer 01-SEP-20 / 12-JUL-21
University College Dublin Occassional Lecturer 08-FEB-16 / 24-MAY-18
Maynooth University Lecturer 02-SEP-19 / 24-JUL-20

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2021 Staff and Educational Development Association Staff and Educational Development Association accredited accreditation Higher Education Teaching

Languages

  Language Reading Writing Speaking
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
Irish-Gaeilge Fluent Fluent Fluent

Reviews

  Journal Role
European Journal Of Criminology Reviewer
Crime, Media, Culture Reviewer
Journal Of Prison Education And Reentry Reviewer
Routledge Reviewer
International Journal Of Prisoner Health Reviewer
Journal Of Criminological Research, Policy And Practice Reviewer
Methodological Innovations Reviewer

Teaching Interests

Penology, Prison life and cultures, Penal policy, Re-integration, Occupational cultures and identities, Ethnography, Mixed methods research. 

External Collaborators

  Name Role / Description Country
Irish Penal Reform Trust Research co-producer and/or commissioner. IRELAND
Irish Council for Prisoners Overseas Research Co-producer
Irish Human Right and Equality Commissioner IRELAND
HM Prisons and Probation Services
Probation Servce
The Pathways Centre
Our Public Services
Irish Prison Service