Daniel McCarthy

Professor Daniel McCarthy

BSc, MSc, PhD
+44 (0)1483 686972
37 AD 03

Academic and research departments

Department of Sociology.


Previous roles

2015/16 - 2017/18
Director of BSc Criminology
2014 - 2015
Director of Postgraduate studies
2011/12 - 2013/14
Director of BSc Sociology


Research interests


Postgraduate research supervision

Completed postgraduate research projects I have supervised

My teaching

My publications


McCarthy, D., & Adams, M (2019). Assessing the deployment of informal support networks for mothers of incarcerated young men. European Journal of Criminology,
Adams, M., & McCarthy, D (2019). Race and parenting in the context of youth incarceration. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 1-18.
Hollywood, A., McCarthy, D., Spencely, C., & Winstone, N. (2019). “Overwhelmed at first”: The experience of career development in Early Career Academics, Journal of Further and Higher Education
McCarthy, D, J, Adams, M (2019). Yes, I can still parent. Until I die, he will always be my son”: Parental responsibility in the wake of child incarceration, Punishment and Society, 21(1), 89-106.
Bullock, K, Bunce, A, McCarthy, D (2018). Making Good in Unpromising Places: The Development and Cultivation of Redemption Scripts Among Long-Term Prisoners, Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
McCarthy, D & Adams, M (2018). Can Family–Prisoner Relationships Ever Improve During Incarceration? Examining the Primary Caregivers of Incarcerated Young Men, British Journal of Criminology, 59(2), 378-395.
McCarthy, D & Brunton-Smith, I (2018). The Effect of Legitimacy on Prisoners’ Post-Release Desistance, Crime and Delinquency, 64 (7): 917-938
McCarthy, D & Brunton-Smith, I (2017). Prisoner-family ties during imprisonment: Reassessing resettlement outcomes and the role of visitation, Prison Service Journal
McCarthy, D & Adams, M (2017). Visitation as Human ‘Right’ or Earned ‘Privilege’ for Prisoners? The Differing Tales of England/Wales, and Scotland, Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 39 (4): 403-416
Sindall, K, McCarthy, D, J, Brunton-Smith, I (2017). Young People and the Formation of Attitudes towards the Police’, European Journal of Criminology, 14 (3), 344-364
Brunton-Smith & McCarthy, D (2017). The effects of prisoner attachment to family on re-entry outcomes: A longitudinal assessment, British Journal of Criminology, 57 (2): 463-482
Brunton-Smith, I & McCarthy, D, J (2017). Explaining Young People’s Involvement in Online Piracy: An Empirical Assessment Using the Offending Crime and Justice Survey in England and Wales, Victims and Offenders, 11 (4), 509-533
McCarthy, D (2016). Dangerous Dogs, Dangerous Owners and the Waste Management of an ‘Irredeemable’ Species, Sociology, 50 (3), 560-575
Brunton-Smith, I & McCarthy, D, J (2016). Prisoner Perceptions of Legitimacy: Exploring the role of prison context and prisoner experience, Justice Quarterly, 33 (6), 1029-1054
Bullock, K & McCarthy, D (2015). Conducting Systematic Reviews of Social Science Literature, in Gilbert, N, Stoneman, P (eds) Researching Social Life (Third Edition), London, Sage
McCarthy, D & O'Neill, M (2014). The Police and Partnership Working: A Review of Recent Research, Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice, 8 (3): 243-253.
McCarthy, D (2014). Revolutions in Youth Justice Revisited, Criminal Justice Matters, 96 (1), September
McCarthy, D (2014). Soft Policing: The Collaborative Control of Anti-Social Behaviour, Basingstoke, Palgrave
O'Neill, M & McCarthy, D (2014). ‘(Re) Negotiating Police Culture through Partnership Working: Trust, Compromise and the ‘New’ Pragmatism’, Criminology and Criminal Justice, 14(2), 143-159
McCarthy, D (2013). Gay and Lesbian Cops: Diversity and Effective Policing. By Roddrick A. Colvin (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc)
McCarthy, D (2013). Gendering ‘Soft’ Policing: Multi-Agency Working, Female Cops, and the Fragilities of Police Culture/s, Policing and Society, 23 (2), 262-278
McCarthy, D, J (2011). Classing Early Intervention: Social Class, Occupational Moralities and Criminalization, Critical Social Policy, 31 (4), 495-516
McCarthy, D, J (2010). Self-Governance or Professionalized Paternalism? The Police, Contractual Injunctions, and the Differential Management of Deviant Populations, British Journal of Criminology, Vol 50, 896-913
Pepper, M, Bullock, K, McCarthy, D (2020). Exploring the Role and Contribution of Police Support Volunteers in an English Constabulary