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Morag Kennedy

Senior Lecturer

Criminology and Criminal Justice

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Criminology and Criminal Justice


Morag joined NTU as a Lecturer in Criminology in September 2019. In September 2020, she became the Course Lead for the MA Criminology. Her teaching involves research methods and theory, sexual and violent crime and criminology in the real world. She is also the Module Lead for Understanding Crime Research (Year 1).  Her position includes supervision of both U/G and P/G dissertations. Her research interests include feminism, intimate partner homicide and intimate partner abuse/domestic abuse.

Career overview

Morag holds a PhD and MA in Criminology from Birmingham City University, a BSc Hons in Biomedical Sciences and DipHE in Forensic Psychobiology from University of Abertay, Dundee and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Morag has over 10 years of experience of teaching in Higher Education.  She has carried out research into topics related to arts mentoring in prisons, domestic abuse, intimate partner homicide, secondary victimisation alongside evaluating the work of the New Bridge Foundation.

Research areas

Morag's PhD research entitled "It's a Family Affair: Victims' Families' Depictions of Perpetrator' 'Web of Abuse' towards Victims of Intimate Partner Homicide and the Role of Digital Media" considered the web of abuse as observed by victims' families and how this web of abuse extended /over spilled towards those within the victims social circle.

She has recently contributed a book chapter with Emerald Publishing as part of an edited collection by delegates of the Evil Women conference hosted in Vienna in 2018. This chapter considers a case study from her PhD research involving female-perpetrated intimate partner homicide.

She is also working on writing up research in relation to mentoring ex-offender artists with colleagues from other institutions.

Morag's current project includes participatory action research which considers the 'Long-term Impact of COVID-19 upon Vulnerable Women in Nottinghamshire'.

External activity

Morag has been a befriender with the New Bridge Foundation for approximately 7 years, has chaired the Birmingham group and continues to chair the Nottingham group.

She is also working closely on a number of projects with the Hollie Gazzard Trust. She is currently evaluating the Hollie Guard and Hollie Guard Extra applications as well as researching hands-on occupations and stalking within the workplace.


Robinson-Edwards, S., Yardley, L., Kennedy, M., Kelly, E. (2020) The Arts, Rehabilitation or Both? Experiences of Mentoring Artists Within Prison and Beyond. The Howard Journal of Crime and Justice, 59(4), pp. 484-504.

Kennedy, M. (2019) Two women are killed each week by a current or former partner in England and Wales. In: 50 Facts everyone should know about crime and punishment in Britain. Great Britain: Policy Press, pp. 241-245.

Yardley, L., Kennedy, M., & Brolan, L. (2018) Footballer, rich man, celebrity, consumer: Media blindness and the denial of domestic abuse in the Stephanie Ward and Danny Simpson case. Crime, Media and Culture. Available at:

Kennedy, M., Cardoso, C.V., Riley, L.J., Wilson, D., & Brookes, M. (2018) Guess Who?: Exploring the publics perceptions of perpetrators of crime. In: British Journal of Criminology Conference. Birmingham City University, West Midlands, 3-6 July 2018. Available at: [Accessed 30/1/19].

Kennedy, M. (2018) New Bridge Befriending Service Evaluation Report 2017. London: New Bridge.

Kennedy, M. (2017) Does Seven Seconds accurately depict the realities of family life after the death of a child? BLSS Academic Blogs. [blog] 10 May. Available at:

Rowe, S., & Kennedy, M. (2017) New Bridge Befriending Service Evaluation Report 2017. London: New Bridge.

Kennedy, M. & Robinson-Edwards, S. (2016) BBC One’s The Missing – Will the series finale give us all the answers? In the News. [blog] 28 November. Available at:

Kennedy, M. (2016) What is our fascination with the subject of murder and why does it captivate so many of us? In the News. [blog] 20 October. Available at:

Haikal, N.A. & Kennedy, M. (eds). (2016) Fact, Fiction and Folk Tales. [e-book] Oxford, UK: Inter-Disciplinary Press.

Rowe, S., Kennedy, M., Balach-Warman, D. & Brookes, M. (2015) An analysis of the needs of Grendon graduates. [pdf] Buckinghamshire: The Friends of Grendon Trust.

Yardley, E., Wilson, D. & Kennedy, M. (2015) “TO ME ITS [SIC] REAL LIFE”: Secondary Victims of Homicide in Newer Media, Victims & Offenders, pp. 1-30.

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