Prof Maggie O'Neill
Professor in Sociology (Criminology)

Profile

Biography

I joined the Department of Sociology in April 2016 as Chair in Sociology/Criminology and have held  posts at Durham University (Professor in Criminology, Principal of Ustinov College, Co-Director of the Centre for Sex, Gender and Sexuality and Council for Academics at Risk (CARA) Academic Champion) Loughborough University, Staffordshire University and Nottingham Trent University.

A former editor of Sociology the flagship Journal of the BSA and former Chair of the ESA Research Network on Biographical perspectives on European Societies I co- founded the Race Crime and Justice Network in the North East with Gary Craig and Bankole Cole and the Sex Work Research Hub (now based at York)with Rosie Campbell. I currently Chair the Sex Work Research Hub with Prof Teela Sanders and Rosie Campbell OBE.

Awarded a Beacon of Human Dignity award, Columbia University, Human Dignity and Humiliation Global Network December 2012.

I am currently undertaking:

  • Leverhulme Trust Research fellowship October 2016-October 2017 Methods on the Move: experiencing and imagining borders, risk & belonging  See: https://walkingborders.com/
  • ESRC/NCRM research project Participatory Action Research (PAR): Participatory Theatre and Walking Methods' Potential for Co-producing knowledge with Dr Umut Erel (PI) and Prof Tracey Reynolds (Co-I) on January 2016-September 2017
  • KTP/AHRC research project with Prof Nicole Westmarland (PI) and Open Clasp Theatre, Newcastle Policing Domestic Abuse: using theatre based methods to train police in aspects of coercion and control February 2015- September 2016

During the summer term 2016 I will be in residence with Counterpoints Arts, London as part of the Leverhulme Trust fellowship. Counterpoints engage with refugee and migrant experiences through arts and cultural programmes. http://counterpointsarts.org.uk/

Research

Overview

My inter-disciplinary research career has developed along a threefold path: the development of cultural, criminological and feminist theory; the development of innovative methodologies for doing social research – including visual, ethnographic, participatory and biographical methodologies (ethno-mimesis); and the development of praxis (policy) as an outcome of scholarly activity

My research activity has been instrumental in moving forward debates, dialogue and scholarship in three substantive areas: sex work and sexual exploitation; forced migration and the asylum­migration nexus; participatory methodologies.

I have a long history of conducting participatory, biographical and arts based research often working in collaboration with artists, communities and criminal justice agencies.

Two Leverhulme artists in residence grant applications have brought artists into the University to work with students and staff to enhance creativity in methods and approach and promote participatory arts research.  See https://stcuthbertsfinaljourney.com/ and https://strike1984.wordpress.com/  

Arts Council funded collaboration with the writer in residence at Durham prison led to the development of a crime and justice walk in Durham city: http://ghostsofourfuture.com/  

I am currently writing a book with Brian Roberts Methods on the Move: walking methodologies for Routledge

I welcome applications from PhD students in any of these areas.

Publications

Selected publications

Books:

Advances in Biographical Methods co-edited with Brian Roberts and Andrew Sparkes. London:Routledge. October 2014.

Transgressive Imaginations: crime, deviance and culture (2012) co-authored, O’Neill, M & Seal, L. Palgrave Macmillan Press.

Asylum, Migration and Community (2010) Bristol: Policy Press.

Prostitution: Sex Work, Policy and Politics (October 2009) co-authored, Sanders, T., O’Neill, M. and Pitcher, J. London: Sage [2nd edition in progress]

Dilemmas in Managing Professionalism and Gender in the Public Sector (2002) co-edited with Mike Dent and Jim Barry, London: Routledge

Prostitution and Feminism (2001) Cambridge: Polity Press.

Adorno, Culture and Feminism edited text of international papers by leading feminists/critical theorists, (1999) London and New York: Sage Press

Special Editions of Journals:

O'Neill, Maggie; Martell, Luke; Mendick, Heather & Müller, Ruth (2014). Thematic Section on the Slow University in FQS.   Slow Movement/Slow University: Critical Engagements. Introduction to the Thematic Section [12 paragraphs]. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 15(3), Art. 16, http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs1403166

Pearce, L. and O’Neill, M. (2011) A Special Edition of the journal Crossings: Migration and Culture on ‘The Arts of Migration’ Volume 2. ISSN: 20404344 http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-issue,id=2044/

Cohen, L. O’Neill, M. and Arnold, J. (2011) A special edition of the Journal of Vocational Behaviour on ‘Career and Migration’ Volume 78, Issue 3, Pages 321-392.

Pink, S. O’Neill, M. Radley, A. Hubbard, P. [editors] (2010) Special Edition of Visual Studies Journal on ‘Walking, Ethnography And Art’ Vol,25, No1. April 2010.

O’Neill, M. and Spybey, T. (2003) Global Refugees, Exile, Displacement and Belonging Sociology Volume 37(1)

Journal Articles:

O’Neill, M and Perivolaris, J. (2015) 'A sense of Belonging: walking with Thaer through migration, memories and space' in Crossings: Journal of Migration & Culture Volume 5 Numbers 2 & 3 pp327-338.

O'Neill, Maggie; Martell, Luke; Mendick, Heather & Müller, Ruth (2014). 'Thematic Section on the Slow University in FQS'. Slow Movement/Slow University: Critical Engagements. Introduction to the Thematic Section [12 paragraphs]. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 15(3), Art. 16, http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs1403166

O'Neill, Maggie (2014). 'The Slow University: Work, Time and Well-Being' [58 paragraphs]. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 15(3), Art. 14, http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs1403146.

Haaken, J. and O’Neill, M. (2014) 'Moving images: Psychoanalytically-informed visual methods in documenting the lives of women migrants and asylum-seekers' in Journal of Health Psychology 19(1):79-89.

O’Neill, M. and Hubbard, P. (2012) 'Asylum, Exclusion, and the Social Role of Arts and Culture' in Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writings Leeds University http://www.movingworlds.net/volumes/12/asylum-accounts/

O’Neill, M. (2011) ‘Participatory Methods and Critical Models: arts, migration and Diaspora’ in Crossings: Migration and Culture on ‘The Arts of Migration’ Volume 2, pp13-37.

Pearce, L. and O’Neill, M. (2011) ‘The Arts of Migration’ in Crossings: Migration and Culture on ‘The Arts of Migration’ Volume 2, pp3-11.

Schultheiss, D. Watts, J. Sterland, L and O’Neill M. (2011) 'Career, Migration and the Life CV: A relational cultural analysis' in Cohen, L. O’Neill, M. and Arnold, J. (2011) A special edition of the Journal of Vocational Behaviour on ‘Career and Migration,’ pp334-341.

O’Neill, M. and Hubbard, P. (2010) ‘Walking, Sensing, Belonging: ethno-mimesis as performative praxis’ in Visual Studies Vol,25, No1

O’Neill, M. (2010) Culture, Criminology and Sex Work: Resisting Regulation Through Radical Democracy and Participatory Action Research (PAR). Journal of Law and Society, Vol. 37, Issue 1, pp. 210-232, March 2010.

O’Neill, M. (2009) 'Making Connections: Ethno-mimesis, Migration and Diaspora' in Journal of Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society Vol. 14, 3, 289–302

O'Neill, M. (2008) 'Transnational Refugees: The Transformative Role of Art?' Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 9(2), Art. 59, http://nbnresolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0802590

O’Neill, M.  Campbell, R, Hubbard, P. Pitcher, J. and Scoular, J. (2008) ‘Living with the Other: Street sex work, contingent communities’in journal of Crime, Media and Culture 4, 1, pp 73-93.

Scoular, J. Pitcher, J. Campbell, R. Hubbard, P. and O’Neill, M. (2007) ‘What’s anti-social about sex work? Tracing governance in constructions of sex work as anti-public in Community Safety Journal Vol 6. Issue 1. Feb 2007

O’Neill, M. (2007) ‘Community Safety, Rights and Recognition: towards a Coordinated Prostitution Strategy?’ in Community Safety Journal Vol 6. Issue 1. Feb 2007 pp 45-52

Scoular, J. and O’Neill, M. (2007) ‘Regulating Prostitution: Social Inclusion, Responsibilization and the Politics of Prostitution Reform’ in British Journal of Criminology 47 (5) pp.764-778.

Book sections:

O’Neill, M. (2015) ‘Body and Image-Space: walking, transition and belonging’ in Crossing Borders: Transition and Nostalgia in Contemporary Art Edited by Dr Ming Turner and Dr Outi Remes, Taipei: Artouch Publications.

O’Neill, M. and Stenning, P. (2014)Walking biographies and innovations in visual and participatory methods: Community, Politics and Resistance in Downtown East Side Vancouver in The Medialization  of Auto/Biographies: Different Forms and their Communicative Contexts co-edited by Heinz,C. and Hornung, G.  Hamburg:UVK

O’Neill, M (2013) ‘Women, Art, Migration and Diaspora: the turn to art in the social sciences and the ‘new’ sociology of art?’ in Meskimmon et al Diasporic Futures, Manchester University Press

O’Neill, M. (2012) Ethno mimesis and participatory art’,in Pink, S.  [ed] Advances in Visual Methods  London: Sage

O’Neill, M. (2012) Making Connections: art, affect and emotional agency in Svasek, M [ed] Moving Subjects, Moving Objects: Transnationalism, Cultural Production and Emotions Oxford: Berghahn

O’Neill, M. and Pitcher, J. (2010) Sex work, communities and public policy in the UK in Sex Work Matters: beyond divides [eds] Ditmore, M., Navarro,A and Levi,A. London: Zed Books.

O'Neill, M. & Campbell, R. 2010. Desistence from Sex Work: Feminist Cultural Criminology and Intersectionality: The Complexities of Moving in and Out of Sex Work. In Theorizing Intersectionality and Sexuality. Taylor, Y., Hines, S. & Casey, M. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Maggie O'Neill

Contact details

Prof. Maggie O'Neill
Professor in Sociology (Criminology)
Department of Sociology
University of York
Heslington
YORK
North Yorkshire
YO10 5DD