Before joining The Open University, I spent 10 years with the University of Sheffield, studying for a BA in History, an MA in International Criminology, an MA in Law, and a PhD in Criminal Justice. I am studying part-time with the OU for a BSc in Economics & Maths.
During my PhD, I completed an internship with The Sentencing Council for England & Wales, supporting the creation of new sentencing guidelines and producing theoretical papers critiquing different approaches to structured sentencing. For two years following the completion of my PhD, I managed and conducted a range of research projects for the social business, Catch22.
In January 2017, I joined the Department of Social Policy and Criminology at the Open University, supporting the development of the university's new BA(Hons) Criminology.
My main research interest focuses on the implications of national and international drug policies and practices. In particular, my work explores the links between socioeconomic inequality, consumer capitalism and young people's involvement in drug markets.
I have a continued interest in alternatives to imprisonment, particularly in relation to community sentences, suspended sentences and Approved Premises.
In addition, I have conducted research and published papers on the subjects of sentencing, deterrence, social media, serious violence between young people, and education for children excluded from mainstream schooling.
Irwin-Rogers, K. (2020) Crime, drugs and consumer capitalism: mind the trap. Sociology Review. 29(3): 18-22.
Irwin-Rogers, K. (2019) Illicit Drug Markets, Consumer Capitalism, and the Rise of Social Media: A Toxic Trap for Young People. Critical Criminology. 27: 591-610.
Irwin-Rogers, K. and Roberts, J. V. (2019) Swimming against the tide: The Suspended Sentence Order in England & Wales 2000-2018. Law & Contemporary Problems. 82(1): 137-162.
Irwin-Rogers, K. (2018) Racism and Racial Discrimination in the Criminal Justice System: Exploring the views of men serving sentences of imprisonment. Justice, Power, Resistance. 2(2): 243-266.
Irwin-Rogers, K. and Harding, S. (2018) Challenging the orthodoxy on pupil gang involvement: When two social fields collide. British Educational Research Journal. 44(3): 463-479.
Irwin-Rogers, K. (2017) Legitimacy on licence: Why and how legitimacy matters. The Howard Journal of Crime & Justice. 56(1): 53-71.
Irwin-Rogers, K. (2017) Staff-resident relationships in Approved Premises: What a difference a door makes. Probation Journal. 64(4): 388-404.
Irwin-Rogers, K., de-Lappe, J. and Phoenix, J. (In preparation) Social policy failings and rising violence between young people: Evidence from the cross-party Youth Violence Commission. To be submitted to BJCJ.
Gazal-Ayal, O., Irwin-Rogers, K. and Talmon, Y. (In preparation) Increasing the severity of fines: Specific deterrence and avoidance.
Irwin-Rogers, K. and Billingham, L. (In preparation) From Social Media to Mattering: Reframing the Narrative on Serious Violence Between Young People. Submitted to Onati Socio-legal Series.
Irwin-Rogers, K. and Reeves, C. (2019) Post-prison Residential Supervision. Routledge Companinion to Rehabilitative Work in Criminal Justice. Abingdon: Routledge.
Irwin-Rogers, K., Decker, S., Stephenson, S., Rostami, A. and van Hellemont, E. (2019) Street gangs and urban violence in Europe. In Igor, V. (Ed.) International Handbook of Global Urban Health. Abingdon: Routledge.
Irwin-Rogers, K., Densley, J. and Pinkney, C. (2018) Social media and Gang Violence. In J. L. Ireland, P. Birch and C. A. Ireland (Eds.) International Handbook on Aggression. Abingdon: Routledge.
Irwin-Rogers, K. and Perry, T. W. (2015) Sentencing Domestic Burglary. In J. V. Roberts (Ed.) Exploring Sentencing Practice in England and Wales. London: Palgrave.
Roberts, J. V. and Irwin-Rogers, K. (2015) Overview of sentencing patterns and historical trends in sentencing. In J. V. Roberts (Ed.) Exploring Sentencing Practice in England and Wales. London: Palgrave.
Irwin-Rogers, K., Muthoo, A. and Billingham, L. (2020) Youth Violence Commission: Final Report.
Irwin-Rogers, K. and Shuter, M. (2017) Fairness in the Criminal Justice System: What's race got to do with it? London, Catch22.
Irwin-Rogers, K. and Pinkney, C. (2017) Social Media as a Catalyst and Trigger for Youth Violence. London, Catch22.
Irwin-Rogers, K. (2016) Safer Schools: Keeping gang culture outside of the school gates. London, Catch22.
During 2017-2018, I was a member of the cross-party Youth Violence Commission steering committee, taking evidence during expert panel sessions and providing academic support for its interim and final reports.
Based on the findings of my recent research on the links between young people’s activity on social media and serious youth violence, I have engaged in a range of impact and engagement activities, including:
Based on the findings of my research on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic disproportionate representation in the criminal justice system: