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Professor Iain Brennan


Iain Brennan

Professor of Criminology

Biography Professor Brennan is a psychologist who moved into the area of criminology via a PhD in public health.

He continues to integrate these disciplines in his three main areas of research: the prevention of weapon use; the policing of domestic abuse; and the diversion of offenders from the criminal justice system.

His work has featured in leading journals including the British Medical Journal, British Journal of Criminology and Addiction as well as national and international policy documents.

Iain joined University of Hull in 2010. In 2016 he led the redesign of the University's criminology programmes and is currently the Director of Research for the Department of Criminology and Sociology.
Research Interests Iain's research largely focuses on the application of psychological and criminological theory to the understanding and prevention of community violence.

He also undertakes research work in:

- gun and knife crime

- alcohol-related violence

- crime reporting and victim responses to crime

- community influences on engagement with criminal justice

- domestic abuse

- experimental criminology/evidence-based policing

- information sharing for violence prevention

- diversion from custody

- governance of night time economies

- crime and victimisation surveys

Brennan, I.R. (2017), 'High Stakes: The Role of Weapons in Offender Decision-making', W. Bernasco, H. Elffers & J.-L. van Gelder (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Offender Decision-Making, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Brennan, I.R., Green, S. and Sturgeon-Adams, L. (2016), 'Early Diversion and Empowerment Policing: Evaluating an Adult Female Offender Triage Project', Policing and Society, 1-17.

Brennan, I.R. (2015), 'Victim Responses to Violence: The Effect of Alcohol Context on Crime Labeling', Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 31, 1116-1140.

Florence, C., Shepherd, J.P., Brennan, I.R. & Simon, T.R. (2011), 'Effectiveness of Anonymised Information Sharing and Use in a Health Service, Police and Local Government Partnership for Preventing Violence Related Injury: Experimental Study and Time Series Analysis', British Medical Journal, 342d3313, 1-9.

Brennan, I.R. & Moore, S.C. (2009), 'Weapons and Violence: A Review of Theory and Research', Aggression and Violent Behavior, 14, 215-225.

Full list
Teaching and Learning BA Criminology with Psychology (Hong Kong)

- Social Psychology

- Personality & Individual Differences

- Forensic Psychology

- Abnormal & Applied Biological Psychology

BA Criminology (Hull)

- Experimental Criminology

BSc Psychology (Hull)

- Forensic Psychology