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Dr Jennifer Hoolachan

Dr Jennifer Hoolachan

Lecturer in Sociology

+44 (0)29 2087 6871
Adeilad Morgannwg, Rhodfa’r Brenin Edward VII, Caerdydd, CF10 3WA
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I was appointed as a Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology in September 2016 and I am currently teaching on the School's Criminology programme across all levels.  My research interests are in the areas of drugs & alcohol use; homelessness & housing; and youth transitions, subcultures & the life-course.  In particular I am interested in constructions and theories of drug use and how these intersect with responses from the public, practitioners and policymakers.  Moreover, my research concerns the public/private spaces in which drugs and alcohol are used and therefore my interests are inter-disciplinary as they cut across criminology, sociology and human geography.  Methodologically, I am a qualitative researcher and experienced ethnographer and I am keen to explore research methods in general, including visual and sensory methods. 


Career Overview:

  • Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology, Cardiff University, 2016 - present
  • Research Assistant, University of St Andrews, 2015-2016
  • Teaching Assistant, University of Stirling, 2011-2016
  • Research Assistant, University of Stirling, 2014-2016

Education and Qualifications:

  • PhD (Social Sciences) University of Stirling, 2016
  • MSc (Applied Social Research) University of Stirling, 2011
  • MSc (Alcohol and Drug Studies) University of the West of Scotland, 2010
  • MA(Hons) (Psychology) University of Glasgow, 2007

Aelodaethau proffesiynol

  • British Sociological Association
  • Housing Studies Association

Ymrwymiadau siarad cyhoeddus

  • Scottish Graduate School Summer School, University of Edinburgh, June 2016
  • Ethnography Fieldwork Symposium, University of Stirling, April 2016
  • Holyrood Policy 'Housing in Scotland' Panel Discussion, Edinburgh, November 2015
  • Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences Seminar, James Hutton Institute (Aberdeen), October 2015
  • Centre for Research on Families and Relationships Conference, University of Edinburgh, May 2015
  • Housing Studies Association Conference, York University, April 2016, 2015, 2014
  • National Symposium: Undertaking a PhD in Substance Use, Oxford Brookes University, July 2014, 2013
  • European Network for Housing Research International Conference, CIH Edinburgh, July 2014
  • Kent Homeless Conference, University of Kent, July 2014









I currently teach on the following modules:

Year 1:

  • Foundations of Contemporary Criminology (SI0238)

Year 2:

  • Offending and Victimisation (SI0201)
  • Responses to Crime (SI0202)
  • Theory and Method in Contemporary Criminology (SI0200)

Year 3:

  • Diversity, Crime and Criminal Justice (SI0184)
  • Prisons and Community Sanctions (SI0203)


  • Researching Crime, Safety and Justice (SIT725)
  • Responses to Crime, Safety and Justice (SIT726)


I am happy to supervise UG, Masters and Doctoral students engaged in qualitative research (particularly ethnography) who are interested in the topics of substance use, homelessness/housing, youth and/or antisocial behaviour.