Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research

Making sense of the social world


I am a Criminology Lecturer in the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research. I am also the Director of Studies for the MA in Research Methods, and the Kent Coordinator for the Common Studies in Critical Criminology programme.

My research interests focus on informing policy and practice to reduce sexual, gendered and hate-based victimisation. I have published widely in these areas, using my engagement with the statutory and third sectors to inform my teaching and scholarly practice. I currently convene the gender, crime and victimisation modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as the Inside-Out Prison module.


I joined the University of Kent in 2014. I have previously taught a variety of Criminology, Sociology and Law modules at Queen’s University Belfast, Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Central Lancashire.

I completed my PhD in Law, passed without corrections, at Queen’s University of Belfast. My MA in Criminology, Rights and Justice was awarded from Lancaster University and my BA (Hons) in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Central Lancashire.

Contact Information


Room E124
Cornwallis East
University of Kent
Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NF

Thursday 10.00 - 12.00, or by appointment.

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Duggan, M. (2017). Lost in Transition? Sexuality and Justice in Post-Conflict Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 68:159-180.
Duggan, M. and Heap, V. (2013). Victims as vote-winners? The antisocial behaviour/hate crime nexus: Marian Duggan and Vicky Heap cast a critical eye over the policy connections. Criminal Justice Matters [Online] 94:24-25. Available at:
Duggan, M. (2012). Using Victims' Voices to Prevent Violence Against Women: A Critique. British Journal of Community Justice 10:25-37.
Duggan, M. (2010). The politics of Pride: representing relegatedsexual identities in Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 61:163-178.
Duggan, M. (2008). Theorising homophobic hate crime in Northern Ireland. The British Criminology Conference [Online] 8:33-49. Available at:
Duggan, M. and Heap, V. (2014). Administrating Victimization: The Politics of Anti-Social Behaviour and Hate Crime Policy. [Online]. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Available at:
Duggan, M. (2012). Queering Conflict: Examining Lesbian and Gay Experiences of Homophobia in Northern Ireland. [Online]. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing Group. Available at:
Book section
Duggan, M. (2017). Commentary on A and B (by C) v A (Health and Social Services Trust). in: Enright, M., McCandless, J. and O'Donoghue, A. eds. Northern / Irish Feminist Judgments: Judges' Troubles and the Gendered Politics of Identity. London, UK: Hart Publishing, pp. 623-643. Available at:
Duggan, M. (2016). Heteronormativity and the inverted relationship between socio-political and legislative approaches to lesbian, gay and bisexual hate crime. in: Schweppe, J., Haynes, A. and Taylor, S. eds. Critical Perspectives on Hate Crime: Contributions from the Island of Ireland. London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 145 -164. Available at:
Duggan, M. (2016). Preventing Victimisation. in: Corteen, K. et al. eds. A Companion to Crime, Harm and Victimisation. Bristol, UK: Policy Press. Available at:
Duggan, M. and Heap, V. (2016). Victim Hierarchies. in: Corteen, K. et al. eds. A Companion to Crime, Harm and Victimisation. Bristol, UK: Policy Press. Available at:
Duggan, M. and Heap, V. (2016). Policy and Victims in the UK. in: Corteen, K. et al. eds. A Companion to Crime, Harm and Victimisation. Bristol, UK: Policy Press. Available at:
Duggan, M. (2014). Sectarianism and Hate Crime in Northern Ireland(Chapter 10). in: Hall, N. et al. eds. Routledge International Handbook on Hate Crime. London: Taylor & Francis Ltd.
Duggan, M. (2014). Working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Communities to shape hate crime policy. in: Chakraborti, Mr. Jon Garland, N. and Garland, J. eds. Responding to Hate Crime: The Case for Connecting Policy and Research. Bristol: Policy Press. Available at:
Cowburn, M., Duggan, M. and Pollock, E. (2013). Working with different values: extremism, hate and sex crimes. in: Cowburn, M. et al. eds. Values in Criminology and Community Justice. Policy Press. Available at:
Duggan, M. (2013). Working with victims: values and validations. in: Cowburn, M. et al. eds. Values in Criminology and Community Justice. Policy Press. Available at:
Duggan, M. (2010). Homophobic hate crime in Northern Ireland. in: Chakraborti, N. ed. Hate Crime: Concepts, Policy, Future Directions. Cullompton: Taylor & Francis Ltd, pp. 78-98. Available at:
Edited book
Cowburn, M. et al. eds. (2013). Values in Criminology and Community Justice. [Online]. Policy Press. Available at:
Internet publication
Duggan, M. (2016). Parading Resilience: Sexual Minority Rights in Northern Ireland [Blog]. Available at:
Duggan, M. (2016). New domestic violence policy to hand back control to victims – but does it? [Blog]. Available at:
Duggan, M. (2015). Shared Futures: Engaging Men in Preventing Violence Against Women and Girls [Blog]. Available at:
Duggan, M. (2015). Gendering Homophobic Hate Crime: Reporting, Responses and Research [Blog]. Available at:
Duggan, M. (2015). Pride, Prejudice and Politics: Global Tensions in Effecting Sexual and Religious Rights [Blog]. Available at:
Duggan, M. (2014). The Strengths and Limitations of Enhanced Sentencing for Hate Crimes [Blog]. Available at:
Duggan, M. (2013). Saying "I do" to the true meaning of equality: citizenships, rights and homophobia in Northern Ireland [Blog]. Available at:
Duggan, M. and McCandless, J. (2015). "Right Thinking People" and Suffering Through the Politics of Difference in Northern Ireland: A Feminist Judgment. London School of Economics. Available at:
Research report (external)
Chakraborti, N. et al. (2011). Public authority commitment and action to eliminate targeted harassment and violence. [Online]. Equality and Human Rights Commission. Available at:
Duggan, M. (2007). Scoping Study on Homophobia in the Northern Ireland Further Education Sector. Department for Employment and Learning.
Duggan, M. (2011). Review of Relating Rape and Murder: Narratives of Sex, Death and Gender. British Journal of Criminology [Online] 51:1072-1074. Available at:
Duggan, M. (2011). Rethinking Rape Law: International and Comparative Perspectives. Edited by Clare McGlynn and Vanessa Munro (London: Routledge, 2010. 368pp. £27.99 pb) Phoenix, J. ed. British Journal of Criminology [Online] 51:616-619. Available at:
Duggan, M. (2018). Victim hierarchies in the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme. International Review of Victimology.
Duggan, M. ed. (2018). Revisiting the Ideal Victim Concept. Bristol, UK: Policy Press.
Duggan, M. (2018). Idealising Domestic Violence Victims. in: Duggan, M. ed. Revisiting the Ideal Victim Concept. Policy Press.
Total publications in KAR: 33 [See all in KAR]
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Research Interests

My research focuses on informing policy and practice to reduce sexual, gendered and hate-based victimisation. My academic work is informed by my work with the community voluntary sector, which currently includes acting as a Trustee for the Rising Sun Domestic Violence and Abuse Charity. I have previously worked as a volunteer and steering group member of Circles of Support and Accountability (a charity working with sex offenders in the pursuit of desistance); an Independent Advisor for South Yorkshire Police regarding best practice in tackling homophobic hate crime; and a domestic violence helpline volunteer.

My publications address policy, practice and experience in relation to the key areas outlined below:

  • Victim politicisation in the UK criminal justice system
  • Violence prevention through the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme
  • Hate crime in the UK and Ireland (specifically homophobic, sectarian, homeless and gender-based)
  • Implementing and evaluating gender-based violence prevention initiatives
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I convene the following undergraduate modules: SO536 Criminal Justice in Modern Britain, SO533 Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice and SO747 Issues in Criminology: The Inside Out Programme as well as the SO830 Gender and Crime in a Globalised World postgraduate module.

As part of my commitment to creative learning methods, I employ a variety of approaches to enhance students’ experiences and promote their engagement with experts, activists, volunteers and others working in the criminal justice or community voluntary sectors.

I also supervise several PhD students researching in and around the areas of gender, sexuality and/or victimisation. I am happy to hear from potential PhD applicants regarding their proposals in these areas.


  • Robin Rose Breetveld (2017 - ) How bisexual individuals experience feelings of belonging within designated social spaces for sexual minorities.
  • Emma Cooke (2016 - ) The changing occupational terrain of the legal aid lawyer in times of precariousness.
  • Leah Cleghorn (2016 - ) Victims’ access to justice in a post-colonial and matrifocal society: A Trinidad & Tobago case study.
  • Vanisha Jassal (2016 - ) Female intra-familial child sexual abuse within the British South Asian population.
  • Jorge Castaneda Ochoa (2015 - ) Exploring masculinities and violence in a Mexican lap-dancing club.
  • Carolina Furusho (2015 - ) Vulnerability, victimisation and the practice of human rights courts: an interdisciplinary approach.
  • Rachel Stuart (2015 - ) How webcamming is experienced by female performers as a form of sexual commerce.


  • Brian Frederick (2014 – 2016) “Exploring the (Sub)Cultural Dynamics of Gay, Bisexual and Queer Male Drug use in Cyberspace”

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I am happy to provide an expert criminological / victimological opinion, having done so regularly in the past for various publications, radio stations and television programmes.

The following is a lecture on domestic violence prevention
(a Think Kent video, 2016)

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Last Updated: 17/01/2018