Maggie Brennan

Lecturer in Criminology

Maggie did her BA and awaits her PhD viva at UCC in Applied Psychology. She has taught part-time here for several years since, including on our BA. Her list of published articles is also extensive, with recent ones on sexting, paraphilic profiling, and online sexual exploitation. She has two books out with Routledge in the next year, with Prof. Andy Phippen, one on Child Protection, the other on Sexting & Revenge Pornography. A major focus of Maggie’s work is the development of novel approaches to the assessment, management and prevention of online child sexual offending, with an emphasis on the development of enhancements for front-line domain practice. Most recently, she was commissioned by ECPAT International and INTERPOL to research the European Commission funded “I-CARE Global Imperative Indicator” research project. This research aims to develop a descriptive profile of unidentified victims of online child sexual exploitation within INTERPOL’s International Child Sexual Exploitation (ICSE) Database, as well as other measures to support international advocacy for victims of online child sexual exploitation and to enhance the international victim identification effort. In late 2015, Maggie co-founded CyberSafeIreland, a schools-focused charity to deliver online safety programmes to 9-13 year old children in Ireland. She acts as Scientific Advisor to this charity.