Areas of Expertise:

Criminal Justice Reform, Restorative Justice, Restorative Practices and Cultural Change, Victims of Crime, Sentencing, Policing and Prisons



Dr. Ian D. Marder is an Assistant Professor in Criminology at Maynooth University School of Law and Criminology in County Kildare, Ireland. He became interested in restorative practices during his undergraduate years and has worked in the field ever since. This has included roles such as a researcher and a project manager for various nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and Ph.D. and postdoctoral positions for which her explored the implementation of restorative justice in English police forces.

In 2017, Ian worked for the Council of Europe to help draft a new legal framework on restorative justice for Europe. Currently he is one of the coordinators of Restorative Justice: Strategies for Change, a project that seeks to implement that legal framework with partners in 10 European countries.

Lecturing in restorative justice, and developing restorative approaches to teaching and learning, are big passions of Ian's. His research focuses on the implementation of restorative justice and restorative practices at different stages of the criminal justice process. In recent years, he has also conducted research on the design of sentence guidelines and their impact on judicial decision-making, the impact of COVID-19 on older and medically vulnerable people in prisons, and the use of participatory and restorative approaches in teaching and learning in higher education.

Ian studied at the University of Leeds Centre for Criminal Justice Studies in the U.K. There he received his undergraduate degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice, a Master in International and Comparative Criminal Justice, and a Ph.D. in Law.

Ian enjoys travel, a passion instilled in him at a young age by his parents. He is a big football (or soccer) fan, following Arsenal in England and Bohemians in Ireland.

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Selected Publications:
  • Marder, I., & Hamilton, C. (Eds.). (2023). Criminology and criminal justice in the Republic of Ireland: Why they matter for the world (Special issue). Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, 39(1).
  • Marder, I. D., & Kurz, K. (2023). Can dialogue help police officers and young Black adults understand each other? Key findings from a restorative process. Policing and Society.
  • Garrihy, J., Marder, I., & Gilheaney, P. (2023). ‘Cocooning’ in prison during COVID-19: Findings from recent research in Ireland.  European Journal of Criminology, 20(3), 996-1015.
  • Marder, I. D., Banwell-Moore, R., Hobson, J., & Payne, B. (2023). New ideas, enduring cultural barriers? An analysis of recommendations from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Restorative Justice in England and Wales. Advance online publication. Criminology and Criminal Justice.
  • Marder, I. D., Vaugh, T., Kenny, C., Dempsey, S., Savage, E., Weiner, R., Duffy, K., & Hughes, G. (2022). Enabling student participation in course review and redesign: Piloting restorative practices and design thinking in an undergraduate criminology programme. Journal of Criminal Justice Education, 33(4), 526-547.
Courses Taught:

RP 623 Restorative Justice: Global Perspectives