Marianne Doherty

Marianne DohertyLecturer
Tel: 252 2468

Personal Details

LLB (Queen’s University Belfast) LLM (Queen’s University Belfast) PhD (Durham University), Fellow HEA

Marianne joined Leicester Law School in August 2020. She holds an LLB (2010) and an LLM (2012) from Queen’s University Belfast and a PhD (2020) from Durham University. She is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2021). Prior to her appointment, she taught Tort Law at Durham Law School and Criminology on the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Programme in the Department of Sociology at Durham University, she also spent four years working in politics in the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Marianne’s doctoral research focused on experiences of the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program™ in three English prisons; it sought to explore the transformative aims of the programme and establish whether it could support desistance strategies. During her PhD, she developed a prison education programme for a Northern Irish prison; her post-doctoral research is concerned with the use of education in prison to better support those on desistance pathways.

Current Teaching

  • Criminal Justice: Policing, Sentencing and Rehabilitation (Module Convenor, 2021-2022)
  • Criminal Law
  • Tort Law
  • Legal Research Methods

Research Interests

  • Prison education
  • Desistance from crime
  • Rehabilitation
  • Criminal Law
  • Sentencing


  • Doherty, M. (2021) ‘Positionality in prison research: a discussion of the role of gender, race and nationality in conducting prison-based interviews’ (forthcoming).

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