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Biography

I am a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Research in the Social Sciences and a member of the Centre for Applied Childhood, Youth and Family Research. I joined the University of Huddersfield in October 2009.

My current research interests are around women, girls and feminism, and young people’s social, cultural and political participation. I am active on social media: @grainnemcmahon.

Before that, I completed my doctorate at the University of Oxford (Christ Church) (2009), an MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice at Queen’s University, Belfast (1999), and a BSc (Hons) Social Psychology at the University of Ulster (1998).

From 2006 to 2008, I was an independent researcher and from 2000 to 2006, I was a Research Officer in the Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford.

Research and Scholarship

I am a qualitative researcher and I undertook my doctorate at the University of Oxford (Christ Church). My current research interests are around women, girls and feminism, and young people’s social, cultural and political participation.

I am a researcher on the following project: 2015 - 2018 (funded by the European Commission, Horizon 2020): Spaces and Styles of Participation. Formal, non-formal and informal possibilities of young people’s participation in European cities

As part of this project, I focus on young women’s political participation and feminist activism.

Recent projects:

  • 2015 - 2016 (funded by West Yorkshire Community Rehabilitation Company): The role of the probation officer in a changing community rehabilitation practice

Previous projects:

  • 2008 (funded by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority): Quality Improvement Agency programmes and quality improvement in offender learning
  • 2007-2008 (funded by the Learning and Skills Council): The education, training and employment destinations of young people leaving custody
  • 2007 (commissioned by the Prison Phoenix Trust): The impact of yoga on offenders’ lives and rates of reconviction
  • 2006 and 2007 (funded by the Youth Justice Board): The representativeness and validity of ‘Asset’ data collected on a sample of young offenders in Summer Arts College
  • 2006 (funded by the Youth Justice Board): A review of arts programmes for young offenders
  • 2004-2006 (funded by the Youth Justice Board): Literacy and numeracy projects for young offenders
  • 2002-2004 (funded by the Youth Justice Board): Barriers to young offenders’ engagement in education, training and employment
  • 2002 (funded by Worcester and Herefordshire Probation Service): The education and employment needs of female offenders
  • 2000-2002 (funded by the Home Office): Basic skills programmes in the Probation Service

At the University of Huddersfield, I am a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Research in the Social Sciences (CRISS). I am also a member of the Centre for Applied Childhood, Youth and Family Research.

Publications and Other Research Outputs

2017

McMahon, G. and Jump, D. (2017) ‘Starting to Stop: Young Offenders' Desistance from CrimeYouth Justice . ISSN 1473-2254

Batsleer, J. and McMahon, G. (2017) ‘Girls, ‘leaning in’ and faux-empowerment’. In: Who Runs the World? Girls, Leadership and Celebrity, 16th June 2017, Senate House, London

2016

Batsleer, J. and McMahon, G. (2016) ‘Young feminists online: political and social participation, social action and feminist activism’. In: Youth social action: What do we know about young people’s participation?, 22nd Nov. 2016, Birmingham, UK

McMahon, G. and Batsleer, J. (2016) ‘Young feminists online: political and social participation and feminist activism’. In: Children and Young People in a Changing World: Action, Agency and Participation, 23rd - 24th June 2016, Liverpool Hope University

McMahon, G. and Batsleer, J. (2016) ‘Young women online: political and social participation and activism’. In: Youth Matters 2016: Moving from the margins, 8th - 9th June 2016, University of Newcastle

2014

McMahon, G (2014) ‘True story! The new world order and young offenders’ narratives of change’. In: Troubling Narratives: Identity Matters, 19th - 20th June 2014, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, UK

Ali, I., Locke, A. and McMahon, G. (2014) ‘“But I’m British, that’s who I am first.” Experiences of life in Britain: Young British Muslim women negotiating their identities’. In: Taking Transculturalism and Diversity Beyond Boundaries: Exploring the Experiences of Under-represented Groups Conference, 7th March 2014, Huddersfield, UK

2013

Ali, I., Locke, A. and McMahon, G. (2013) ‘“I try my best at… two different lives!” Young British Muslim women negotiating their identities: An interpretative phenomenological analysis of experiences of life in Britain’. In: Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section Conference 2013, 4th - 6th September 2013, Huddersfield, UK

Rochford, C., Locke, A. and McMahon, G. (2013) ‘Cosmetic surgery in 'girlfriend culture'’. In: 8th Biennial Conference of the International Society of Critical Health Psychology (ISCHP), 22nd - 24th July 2013, Bradford, UK

Ali, I., Locke, A. and McMahon, G. (2013) ‘Experiences of life in Britain: Young British Muslim women negotiating their identities’. In: Psychology of Women Section Annual Conference 2013, 10th - 12th July 2013, Windsor, UK

McMahon, G (2013) ‘Young offenders and “risk”; the new world order’. In: Fifteenth Annual CiCe Network Conference: Identities and Citizenship Education: Controversy, crisis and challenges, 13th-15th June 2013, Lisbon, Portugal

2012

Bluff, B., King, N. and McMahon, G. (2012) ‘A Phenomenological Approach to Care Leavers’ Transition to Higher EducationProcedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences , 69, pp. 952-959. ISSN 1877-0428

McMahon, G (2012) ‘Losing our Feminist Voice? Reflections on being a Feminist Academic in the Age of Austerity’. In: Feminism in Academia: An Age of Austerity? Current Issues and Future Challenges, 28th September 2012, Nottingham, UK

2006

McMahon, G., Parsons, C., Godfrey, R., Flanagan, K., Renshaw, J., Bielby, K., Adams, M. and Sapsed, E. (2006) Barriers to engagement in education, training and employment Youth Justice Board for England and Wales

2004

Haslewood-Pocsik, l. and McMahon, G. (2004) ‘Probation interventions to address basic skills and employment needs’. In: What Works in Probation and Youth Justice. : Willan Publishing. . ISBN 978-1-84392-059-5

McMahon, G., Hall, A., Hayward, G., Hudson, C., Roberts, C., Fern´┐Żndez, R. and Burnett, R. (2004) Basic Skills Programmes in the Probation Service: Evaluation of the Basic Skills Pathfinder Home Office

Esteem

I have been an editor for the following journals: Journal of Social work, European Journal of Criminology, Construction Management and Economics (special issue), and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (special issue).

I am a member of the British Sociological Association, and Gender Study Group (part of the British Sociological Association).

Previously, I have been on the steering group of the following research projects:

  • Improving the literacy and numeracy of disaffected young people in custody and in the community (funded by the National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy, PI: Dr Jane Hurry, Institute of Education, University of London) (2003-2005)
  • Basic skills programmes in the Probation Service (funded by the Home Office, PIs: Colin Roberts and Dr Geoff Hayward, Centre for Criminology and Department of Education, University of Oxford) (2000 to 2003)

I have been involved in organising the following conferences in the University of Huddersfield:

  • Troubling Narratives: Identity Matters (June, 2014)
  • Women's Lives, Women's Stories: A Feminist Research Symposium (March, 2013)
  • Youth Citizenship Conference (November, 2012)
  • Understanding the Social World Conference (July, 2011)

Research Degree Supervision

I supervise a number of postgraduate students and have several completions at doctoral and master’s level.

Areas for postgraduate supervision are:

  • Young people’s social, cultural and political participation
  • Young women’s feminism and feminist activism
  • Feminist activism and social movements
  • Women, girls and feminism  

Postgraduate research opportunities with Dr Gráinne McMahon

2017-18

MSc by Research
PhD

2018-19

MSc by Research
PhD

Administrative Responsibilities

I am the co-lead for the School’s Athena Swan bronze award application, a member of the School Research and Ethics Panel, and a member of various Research Excellence Framework committees.

Previously, I was the Admissions Tutor for the BSc (Hons) Criminology degree.

Teaching and Professional Activities

I teach on the BSc (Hons) Criminology degree in a number of areas: gender and feminism, masculinity and crime, and youth crime.