Chair in Criminology
Telephone: (01792) 295831
Room: Office - 130
First Floor
Richard Price Building
Singleton Campus

Professor Donoghue joined Swansea University in October 2015. Her research is multi-disciplinary and spans criminology, criminal law and criminal justice.

Her main research interest is in sentencing and the courts, in particular with regard to summary justice in the magistrates’ courts.

She has previously held academic appointments at Lancaster University, the University of Sussex, the University of Oxford and the University of Reading.


  1. The Rise of Digital Justice: Courtroom Technology, Public Participation and Access to Justice. The Modern Law Review 80(6), 995-1025.
  2. Transforming Criminal Justice?: Problem-Solving and Court Specialisation. Routledge.
  3. Reforming the Role of Magistrates: Implications for Summary Justice in England and Wales. The Modern Law Review 77(6), 928-963.
  4. Reflections on Risk, Anti-Social Behaviour and Vulnerable/Repeat Victims. British Journal of Criminology 53(5), 805-823.
  5. & Digging up the grassroots? The impact of marketisation and managerialism on local justice, 1997 to 2013. British Journal of Community Justice 11(2-3), 9-20.

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  • Are there good reasons to sentence morally equivalent offenders differently: criminal attempts, theory and practice (current)

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    Other supervisor: Prof Marty Chamberlain

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Director of Research and College Impact Lead - College of Law & Criminology

    2015 - Present

External Responsibilities

  • Fellow of the AHRC Peer Review College, : Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

    2014 - Present

Key Grants and Projects

  • An Examination of the Judicial Role in Specialist Antisocial Behaviour Response Courts in England and Wales 2010 - 2011

    Funded by the ESRC, £88000