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 violence and 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. He is a member of the Youth Endowment Fund Expert Panel and the editorial board of the British Journal of Criminology.
Following a PhD and three years as a postdoctoral researcher at Cardiff University, 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 and Chair of the University Research Concordat Steering Group.
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