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Dr Brendan Marsh



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Brendan is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow working on the PERICLES project (Policy recommendation and improved communication tools for law enforcement and security agencies preventing violent radicalisation). The aim of the PERICLES project is to develop a comprehensive approach to prevent and counter violent radicalisation and extremism.

Brendan obtained his PhD in Criminology from Queens University Belfast in 2017. His areas of interest are violence and illegal drug markets, desistance from crime, and processes of religious and political radicalisation that lead to violence.

Brendan has taught on the MA Law in QUB and has been a regular guest lecturer in the Department of Adult education, NUI Maynooth. Prior to entering academia on a full time basis in 2013, Brendan managed a community education project for young drug users in Dublin’s South Inner City. He has worked with problem drug users in both a voluntary and paid capacity for almost two decades.

Select Publications
Marsh, B. (2018) Violent Capital: the logic of violence in Dublin’s illegal drug trade. Routledge (forthcoming).

Marsh, B. (2016) Fear and Loathing in a Dirty Old Town: Violent Notes from A Drug Market Ethnography, in Hobbs, D (Ed) Mischief, Mobs, and Morality: Essays in Honour of Geoffrey Pearson, Routledge.

Marsh, B. and Maruna, S. (2016) Desistance and restorative justice: learning from success stories of Northern Ireland’s Youth Justice Agency, Restorative Justice: An International Journal, Vol 4, Issue 3.

Marsh, B. (2016) 'Men, Masculinities and Violence: an ethnographic study' by Anthony Ellis, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Vol 16 (4), 513-516 (Book Review).

Maruna, S. Coyle, B. and Marsh, B. (2015) Desistance from crime in the Transition to Adulthood, in Goldson, B and Muncie, J (eds) Youth Crime and Justice, Sage.

Marsh, B. (2013) 'Lush Life: Constructing Organised Crime in the UK' by Dick Hobbs, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Vol 13, Issue 4, 472-474 (Book Review).

Marsh, B. (2011) Narrating Desistance: Identity change and the 12-step script, Irish Probation Journal, Vol 8.

Last updated 12 April 2018 by Irish School of Ecumenics (Email).