Amy Kirby

Amy Kirby

Research Fellow
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Amy joined ICPR in 2010, having completed a MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice at King's College London (2010) and a BA in Criminology from Lancaster University (2008).

During her time at ICPR Amy has worked on projects focusing on the criminal courts, sentencing, youth justice and joint enterprise. This includes a 20-month Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded study about victims', witnesses' and defendants' experiences of the Crown Court; a research review of the components of effective advocacy in youth proceedings, commissioned by the Bar Standards Board in association with Ilex Professional Standards, and an exploratory study of how the doctrine of joint enterprise is applied in the prosecution of serious offences, funded by the Nuffield Foundation. She is currently working on a study of the implications of vulnerability and the meaning of participation in courts and tribunals, funded by the Nuffield Foundation.

Her research interests include the treatment of victims, witnesses and defendants within the court setting; lay adjudication; legitimacy; youth justice; joint enterprise and public attitudes to crime, justice and sentencing.

Amy is course convenor of two modules on the BSc Criminology & Criminal Justice programme at Birkbeck: Victims, Crime & Society and Youth, Crime & Justice. On the Law and Criminology postgraduate programmes she is convenor of the PGT Youth Justice module and, for the academic year 2018-19, is convenor of the PGT Research Project module (LLM/MA Criminal Law & Criminal Justice). She also undertakes supervision of Masters dissertation students.

Amy is currently in the final stages of completing her doctoral thesis, which examines lay participation in the criminal courts, at the University of Surrey.  The study is funded by the ESRC and is supervised by Professor Nigel Fielding and Dr Paul Hodkinson.

A full list of Amy's publications is available here