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Professor Ian O'Donnell


Ian O'Donnell

Full Professor
UCD Sutherland School of Law
01 716 4121
University College Dublin, UCD Sutherland School of Law, Sutherland School of Law Belfield Dublin 4


Ian O'Donnell joined the School of Law at University College Dublin in 2000 and became Professor of Criminology in 2006. He completed a six-year term as Director of the UCD Institute of Criminology in December 2010. Previously, Professor O'Donnell was Director of the Irish Penal Reform Trust (1997-2000), Research Officer at the Oxford University Centre for Criminological Research (1992-1997), and Research Assistant at the University of London (1989-1992). During his time in England he served as a member of the Board of Visitors for HMP Pentonville and as a Magistrate on the Oxford bench. Professor O'Donnell is an Adjunct Fellow of Linacre College, Oxford; a Chartered Psychologist and Fellow of the British Psychological Society; a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society; a Member of the Academia Europaea; and a Member of the Royal Irish Academy. His most recent books (both published by Oxford University Press) are Justice, Mercy, and Caprice: Clemency and the Death Penalty in Ireland (2017) and Prisoners, Solitude, and Time (2014).


  • Professor of Criminology
    University College Dublin, IrelandJul 2006
  • College Lecturer
    University College Dublin, IrelandSep 2003 - Jun 2006
  • Research Fellow
    University College Dublin, IrelandOct 2000 - Aug 2003
  • Research Officer
    University of Oxford, United KingdomJun 1992 - Sep 1997
  • Research Assistant
    University of London, United KingdomSep 1989 - May 1992


  • Director
    Irish Penal Reform Trust.Oct 1997 - Sep 2000


  • MPhil
    University of Cambridge
  • MA
    Trinity College Dublin
  • MA
    Oxford University UK
  • PhD
    University of London
  • LLD
    National University of Ireland


  • FBPsS
    British Psychological Society, Leicester, United Kingdom
  • FRHistS
    Royal Historical Society, London, United Kingdom
  • MRIA
    Royal Irish Academy, Dublin, Ireland
  • MAE
    Academia Europaea