Dr Jennifer Maher known as Jenny Maher
PGC Research Methods,
BSc Criminology (Hons)
Dr Jennifer Maher is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology, involved in teaching, research and curriculum development at the Centre for Criminology. A student in the Department since 2001, she was awarded her PhD at Glamorgan University in 2007 – a multi-method, multi-site investigation into youth gangs in South Wales. Jenny has held teaching and research posts at the University of South Wales and has taught and been a research consultant at Cardiff Univeristy. While she has conducted research on youth peer violence and youth weapon use, her research over the past six years has focuses on Green Criminology – that is, all things relating to animal use and abuse. From the use of status dogs by young people and the illegal puppy trade, to wildlife trafficking, her research on animal abuse intersects with interpersonal violence, organised and transnational crime and environmental harms. Jenny organised the first international symposium on Situating Animal Abuse in Criminology in 2012, she has since co-edited the International Handbook on Animal Abuse Studies.
Her main research interests include animal abuse studies, green criminology, human-animal studies, youth gangs and youth violence. Jenny is interested in supervising doctoral students on topics relating to Green Criminology (in particular, animal abuse, wildlife crime and the destruction/trafficking of natural resources) and interpersonal violence (in particular, youth weapon use, youth violence and gangs).
Jennifer’s has been involved in research and teaching for over 12 years. Prior to her current role, she has acted as Subject Leader and Co-ordinator for the Centre for Criminology at USW. She has delivered modules and supervised students at undergraduate and postgraduiate level, including topics such as youth gangs and contemporary youth crime, research methods, NVIVO, SPSS, contemporary crime, understanding crime, criminals and victims, penology, and policing. She has also provided guest lecturers at Birmingham City University on animal abuse and at the University of South Wales on gang homicide and gangs in the Criminal Justice System.
Jennifer has been principal investigator on projects for the RSPCA on status dogs, principal researcher for 1) the EFFACE Project (see http://efface.eu/ ) funded by the European Union (FP7) (with Professor Sollund) conducting a comparative case study on the International Illegal Wildife Trade in UK and Norway, 2) the European Commission on Wildlife Trafficking, 3) the Scottish Government on the illegal puppy trade. She was consulant for VALREC (for a project on youth weapon use funded by the South Wales Police) and a research associate for the Daphne II Programme (2007) – to combat violence against children, young people and women. Her research most frequently involves qualitative research methods, including interviews, observation and ethnographic research.
Senior Lecturer in Criminology
Maher, J. (with H Pierpoint and P Beirne) (Forthcoming 2018). Animal Sexual Assault. In J. Maher, H. Pierpoint and P. Beirne) (Eds). International Handbook of Animal Abuse Studies. London: Palgrave MacMillan.
Maher, J. (with H. Pierpoint and C. Lawson). (Forthcoming 2018). Status Dogs Ownership and Abuse. In J. Maher, H. Pierpoint and P. Beirne) (Eds). International Handbook of Animal Abuse Studies. London: Palgrave MacMillan.
Maher, J. (with T. Wyatt). (Forthcoming 2018). Abuse in the Illegal Wildlife Trade. In J. Maher, H. Pierpoint and P. Beirne) (Eds). International Handbook of Animal Abuse Studies. London: Palgrave MacMillan.
Maher, J. (in press, due June 2015). Animal Sexual Assault. In A. Ackerman, and R. Furmanfor (eds) “Sexual Crimes: Transnational Problems and Global Perspectives.” Columbia University Press.
Maher, J (with Pierpoint, H.) (2012). Animal Abuse and Sex Offending. In F. Cowe and J. Brayford, Sex Offenders, Punish, Help, Change or Control? Theory, Policy and Practice Explored. London: Routledge
Pierpoint, H and Maher, J. (2010). ’Animal Abuse’. In F. Brookman, M. Maguire, H. Pierpoint, and T.H. Bennett. Handbook on Crime. Uffculme, Devon: Willan.
Maher, J. (2010). ‘Youth Gang Crime’ In F. Brookman, M. Maguire, H. Pierpoint, and T.H. Bennett. Handbook of Crime. Uffculme, Devon: Willan.
Maher, J and Williamson, H. (2009). ‘Street-based Youth Groups and Subcultural Clashes in a Post-Industrial Working Class Area: Trewaun, Wales’. In H. Williamson and B. Riepl. Peer Portraits of Peer Violence in Public Space. Vienna, Austria: Austrian Institute of Youth Research.
Maher, J et al. (2009). ‘Looking across the Localities: Commonalities and Differences in Peer Violence in Public Space’. In H. Williamson and B. Riepl Peer Portraits of Peer Violence in Public Space. Vienna, Austria: Austrian Institute of Youth Research.
Riepl, B et al. (2009). ‘Conclusions: Reflections and Recommendations. In H. Williamson and B. Riepl Peer Portraits of Peer Violence in Public Space’. Vienna, Austria: Austrian Institute of Youth Research.
Maher, J (with S. Sollund) (submitted May 2015 for review – publication 2015). Law enforcement of the illegal wildlife trade: a comparative strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats [SWOT] analysis of the UK and Norway. J. Schneider, A. Di Nicola and T. Wyatt (Eds). Journal of Trafficking, Organized Crime and Security – Special Issue on Illicit Trafficking in Wildlife and Forest Resources.
Maher, J. and Pierpoint, H. (2011). ‘Friends, status symbols and weapons: the use of dogs by youth groups and youth gangs’. Crime Law and Social Change: Special Issue on Animal Abuse (Edited by Beirne, P and Maher, J.).
Maher, J. (2009). ‘Gangs? What Gangs? A profile of street-based youth groups in South Wales’. Contemporary Wales. University of Wales Press.
Sollund, R. and Maher, J. (2015). The Illegal wildlife trade: A case study report on the illegal wildlife trade in the United Kingdom, Norway, Colombia and Brazil. EFFACE Project. Available at: http://www.ecologic.eu/sites/files/publication/2015/efface_illegal_wildlife_trade_in_united_kingdom_norway_colombia_and_brazil_0.pdf
Hughes, G, Maher, J and Lawson, C. (2011). Status dogs, young people and criminalisation: towards a preventative strategy. Report submitted to the RSPCA: London. Available at: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/socsi/resources/wp139.pdf
Maher, J. (2010). Young People and Weapons Use in South Wales. Report submitted to Valrec and South Wales Police: South Wales
Maher, J. (with R. Sollund and T. Fajardo). (March 2015). Roundtable on ‘Environmental Crimes and Wildlife’. 15th International Wildlife Law Conference, University of Granada 26-27 March, Spain
Maher, J. (with M. Hellwig-Botte, R. Zolho and S. Gallagher). (2014). Roundtable on ‘Wildlife Crime’. British Embassy Berlin, Berlin.
Maher, J. (2013). ‘Stopping the Traffic: A UK case study on responses to the International Illegal Wildlife Trade’. European Society of Criminology [ESC], Budapest.
Maher and Pierpoint (July 2011). Exploring the Role of Animals in Youth Groups and Gangs. First International Animal Abuse Symposium: Situating Animal Abuse in Criminology, Cardiff
Maher, J. (with C. Lawson). (2011). ‘Status Dogs, Young people and Criminalisation: challenges and opportunities in responding to the issues raised by youth status dog ownership’. American Society of Criminology [ASC], Washington.
Maher, J. (with G. Hughes and C. Lawson). (2011) ‘Status dogs’, young people and criminalisation: towards a preventative strategy’. (Keynote speaker). RSPCA Annual Status Dogs Summit, Warwick University.
Maher, J. (2011). ’Animal Abuse and Interpersonal Violence – Exploring the Link in Academic Research’. (Invited to speak at the Animal Welfare Network Wales 5th Annual Conference and AGM 2011.
Maher, J. (with H. Pierpoint). (2010). ‘The Role of Animals among Youth Groups and Gangs’. Animal Abuse Symposium 5-6th July 2010, University of Glamorgan, Cardiff).
Maher, J. Hughes, G., and Lawson, C. (Nov. 2010). Status Dogs, Young People & Crime: towards a preventative strategy. RSPCA Status Dogs Summit, Warwick.
Maher, J (with H. Pierpoint) (05.11.09). ‘Preservation, Weapon or Prey: The Use and Abuse of Animals among UK Youth Groups and Gangs’. American Society of Criminology – Annual Meeting, Philadelphia
Maher, J. (with H. Pierpoint) (06.04.09). ‘Understanding the role of animals in youth groups and gangs: A preliminary study’. Annual Welsh Branch of BSc conference, Gregnog.
Maher, J. (02.09.08). ‘The Use and Abuse of Animals in UK Youth Gangs and Youth Groups’. 8th European Criminology Conference, Edinburgh.
Maher, J. (02.09.08). ‘The development of UK Youth Gangs’. 8th European Criminology Conference, Edinburgh.
Maher, J. (18.09.07).‘The Shape of Things to Come? Exploring a Youth Gang and Troublesome Youth Group Typology for South Wales’, 7th Annual European Society for Criminology (ESC) Conference.
Maher, J. (23.03.07).‘Gangs, Young People and Violence’, London South Bank University
Maher, J. (27.08.06).‘Youth Gangs and Youth Gang Violence in South Wales’, 6th Annual ESC Conference
Maher, J. (05.05.06).‘Youth Gangs and Youth Gang Violence in South Wales’, 5th Annual Doctoral Seminar, University of Glamorgan (UoG)
Maher, J. (28.04.06).‘Youth Gangs in South Wales’, Voice of Humanities Conference, Cardiff University
Maher, J.(17.11.05).‘Youth Gangs and Youth Gang Violence in South Wales’, American Society of Criminology, 57th Annual Meeting, Toronto.
Maher, J. (28.04.05).‘Youth Gangs: The Welsh Experience’, 4th Annual Doctoral Seminar, UoG
Maher, J. (10.06.04).‘Researching Youth Gangs in South Wales’, Humanities and Social Sciences Postgraduate Conference, UoG
International Green Criminology Working Group
ESRC Green Criminology Seminar Group
British Society of Criminology
European Society of Criminology
Animal Welfare Network
RSPCA (2010-11) to conduct research on the relationship between, and possible responses to, youths and status dogs in the UK
VALREC (2008) to conduct research on youth weapon use in South Wales
Research Interests: animal abuse, ecological and green criminology, youth gang/groups, youth violence, weapon use and victimisation, interpersonal violence, qualitative research methods.
Current Research Activity
European Commission FP7 EFFACE project on Enviromental Crime (2012 – ongoing) UK case study on the International Illegal Wildlife Trade
Previous Research Projects
RSPCA funded project on Status Dogs, Young People and Crime: towards a preventative strategy (2010-11).
URIS funded project to run a Symposium – Situating Animal Abuse in Criminology (2010)
RIS funded qualitative study on the role and use of animals among youth groups and gangs (2009-10)
Areas of Expertise
Animal abuse and Green Criminology – specifically the illegal wildlife trade, status dogs and domestic animal abuse
Violence and Victimization – specifically, youth gangs and peer violence and weapon use among young people
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