Dr Una Barr

School of Justice Studies


2016, University of Central Lancashire, United Kingdom, PhD Criminology
2010, University of Manchester, United Kingdom, MRes Criminology and Socio-Legal Studies
2009, Queens University Belfast, Northern Ireland, LLB Law and Politics

Journal article

Rutter N, Barr U. 2021. Being a ‘good woman’: Stigma, relationships and desistance Probation Journal, 68 :166-185 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Barr UM, Christian N. 2019. A qualitative investigation into the impact of domestic abuse on women’s desistance Probation Journal, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Barr UM. 2018. Gendered Assisted Desistance: A Decade from Corston Safer Communities, 17 :81-93 DOI Publisher Url Public Url


Barr UM. 2019. Desisting Sisters: Gender, Power and Desistance in the Criminal (In)Justice System Palgrave Macmillan 978-3-030-14275-9 Publisher Url


Barr UM. 2017. Are Neoliberal, Patriarchal Societies Compatible with Desistance? A consideration of the experiences of a group of English women caught up in the criminal justice system Emerging Voices EG Press. Bristol

Barr UM. 2017. Motherhood and Desistance: A gateway to social bonds and identity transformation? Voices of Resistance: Subjugated Knowledge and the Challenge to the Criminal Justice System EG Press. Bristol

Conference publication

Barr UM. 2016. Ontological theory and women’s desistance: Is it simply a case of 'growing up'? Early Career Academics Network Bulletin, The Howard League for Penal Reform Justice and Penal Reform Conference 30 Author Url Public Url

Conference presentation:

Being a ‘good woman’, relational networks and desistance, Eurocrim 2020, Oral presentation. 2020

“But them values come with consequences. He was very abusive and violent” Relationships and Desistance, a social harms perspective, European Group for the study of Deviance and Social Control 46th Annual Conference: Social harm in a digitalized global world: Technologies of power and normalized practices of contemporary society, Ljubljana, Oral presentation. 2018

The journey through LJMU for a Northern Irish student, LJMU Teaching and Learning Conference, Vicci Boyd & Anne-Marie Fitzpatrick Faculty of Education, Health & Community Ruth Doughty & Una Barr Faculty of Arts, Professional & Social Studies Sharon Roden, Student Recruitment & Bernadette McGrath, Student advice & Wellbeing, Oral presentation. 2018

Desisting Sisters: Criminal (In)justice and Narratives of Resistance, European Group for the Study of Deviance & Social Control, Uncovering Harms: States, corporations and organizations as criminals, Mytilene, Lesbos, Greece, Oral presentation. 2017

Voicing Desistance: Female Experiences of Giving Up Crime, British Society of Criminology Conference 2017, Oral presentation.

Voicing Desistance: Female Experiences of Giving up Crime, Feminist Reflections on Law, Society and Care Conference 2017, Manchester Metropolitan University, Sylvia Pankhurst Research Centre, Oral presentation.

External collaboration:

Wrexham Glyndwr University, External Examiner. 2017

Teaching qualification:

Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education. 2017

Membership of professional bodies:

Fellowship, Higher Education Academy. 2017