Agnieszka Martynowicz


Dr Agnieszka Martynowicz is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice and is currently a Programme Leader for BA (Hons) Criminology. Before joining Edge Hill University, she worked as a contract lecturer and postgraduate tutor at Ulster University (2012 – 2016) and as teaching assistant at Queen’s University Belfast (2012-2013). Agnieszka holds an MA in Law and Legal Sciences from University of Warsaw; LLM in Human Rights Law (with distinction) from Queen’s University Belfast and a PhD in Criminology from Ulster University. Her other qualifications include a Diploma in International Humanitarian Law (International Committee of the Red Cross, Geneva) and a Certificate in Conflict Prevention (OHCHR/UN System Staff College, Geneva). She is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (now Advance HE).

Prior to embarking on her doctoral studies in 2012 and entering an academic career, Agnieszka worked as a researcher and policy worker in a number of statutory and voluntary sector organisations, including the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission in Belfast, the Institute for Conflict Research (Belfast) and the Irish Penal Reform Trust in Dublin. Between 2011 and 2016, she also worked as an independent research and evaluations consultant, delivering projects with organisations such as the Irish Council for Civil Liberties; the Irish Penal Reform Trust; Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People; the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, the ‘Justicia’ European Network and the Prison Litigation Network.

Her research and teaching interests include prisons and punishment; migration; ‘race’ and the criminal justice system and ‘crimmigration’, i.e. the interface between the criminal justice and migration control systems. Agnieszka has authored and co-authored a number of publications relating to prisons and prisoners’ rights; migration and migrant rights; and youth justice. She is interested in supervising MRes and/or PhD students whose research focuses on any of the above areas.

Agnieszka is a Steering Committee Member of the Migration Working Group – North West (see:, a founding member of the Irish Postgraduate and Early Career Prison Researcher Network (with Dr Gillian McNaull, Queen’s University Belfast) and a long-standing member of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control. She will be joining the editorial team (as Assistant Editor) of the latter Group’s journal, Justice, Power and Resistance, in January 2019, having previously been a member of the journal’s International Advisory Board.


  • CRI 1017 Critical Thinking and Analysis
  • CRI2225 / 2221 Critical Criminological Theory
  • CRI 3110 The Politics of Punishment
  • CRI3020 Dissertation
  • MRes Supervision


  • PhD in Criminology, Ulster University, 2017
  • LLM in Human Rights Law (Distinction), Queen’s University Belfast, 2004
  • MA in Law and Legal Sciences, University of Warsaw, 1998

Research Interests

Agnieszka’s research interests lie in the areas of criminal justice, prisons and punishment, migration and human rights. With a combined academic background in both law and criminology, her research and publications often span those disciplines. Her PhD (at Ulster University, 2017) examined the experiences of male Polish prisoners incarcerated in Northern Ireland, while her LLM in Human Rights Law Master’s thesis (Queen’s University Belfast, 2004) explored the rights and the position of victims before international criminal tribunals.

In the past, she has written about youth justice, imprisonment, immigration detention and the rights and experiences of migrant workers. Her current research focuses on experiences of deportability of ‘foreign national’ prisoners in the UK. Agnieszka is currently a Steering Committee member of the Migration Working Group North West at Edge Hill University and, in the past, she was a member of the North-South Immigration Forum (Belfast/Dublin) and led on migration and asylum research as an Assistant Director of the Institute for Conflict Research in Belfast.



  1. Martynowicz, A. (2018) ‘Power, Pain, Adaptations and Resistance in a ‘Foreign’ Prison: The case of Polish prisoners incarcerated in Northern Ireland’, Justice, Power and Resistance, Vol.2, No.2, pp.267-286.
  2. Martynowicz, A. (2017) ‘Uncertainty, Complexity, Anxiety – Deportation and the Prison in the Case of Polish Prisoners in Northern Ireland’, Archiwum Kryminologii, XXXVIII/2016, pp.425-439.
  3. Martynowicz, A. and Moore, L. (2016) ‘Reflective learning through the study of autobiographical accounts: a module on Prison Lives’, Perspectives on Pedagogy and Practice, Vol.7, pp.19-32.
  4. Martynowicz, A. (2016) ‘Not so multi-cultural prison: Polish prisoners in a transitional prison system’, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Vol.16, No.3, pp.337-349.
  5. Quigley, M., Martynowicz, A. and Gardner, C. (2015) ‘Building Bridges: An Independent Evaluation of Le Chéile’s Restorative Justice Project. Research findings’, Irish Probation Journal, October 2015, Volume 12, pp241-257.
  6. Martynowicz, A (2013) ‘Warehouses for the Deportable: Foreign national prisoners in the UK’, Archiwum Kryminologii, XXXV/2013, pp.305-331.
  7. Martynowicz, A. (2011) ‘Oversight of Prison Conditions and Investigations of Deaths in Custody: International Human Rights Standards and the Practice in Ireland’, The Prison Journal, Vol. 91(1), pp.81-102.
  8. Martynowicz, A. and Quigley, M. (2010) ‘Reintegration of Prisoners in Ireland: New Research Findings’, Irish Probation Journal, September 2010, Volume 7, pp.65-84.

Book Chapters and Entries:

    1. Martynowicz, A. (2017) ‘ “…they didn’t ask us to come here, did they?” Foreignness and the pains of confinement’ in Fletcher, S. and White, H. (eds) Emerging Voices, London: EG Press.
    2. Martynowicz, A. (2017) ‘Cudzoziemcy w Republice Irlandii: migracje, detencja i przestępczość’, in Klaus, W., Laskowska, K., Rzeplińska, I. (eds) Przestępczość cudzoziemców: Aspekty prawne, kryminologiczne i praktyczne, Warsaw: Wydawnictwo Naukowe SCHOLAR.
    3. Bhatia, M. and Martynowicz, A. (2017) ‘Social Control’ in Morley, S., Turner, J., Corteen, K. and Taylor, P. (eds) A Companion to State Power, Liberties and Rights, Bristol: Policy Press, pp.241-243.
    4. Martynowicz, A. (2017) ‘International Humanitarian Law’ in Morley, S., Turner, J., Corteen, K. and Taylor, P. (eds) A Companion to State Power, Liberties and Rights, Bristol: Policy Press, pp.152-154.


  1. Martynowicz, A. and Moore, L. (2018) Behind the Door: Solitary Confinement in Ireland, Dublin: Irish Penal Reform Trust.
  2. Martynowicz, A. (2016) Prison Litigation Network: National Report on Ireland, Dublin: Irish Penal Reform Trust.
  3. Quigley, M. Martynowicz, A. and Gardner, C. (2015) Building Bridges: An Evaluation and Social Return on Investment Study of the Le Chéile Restorative Justice Project in Limerick. Dublin: Le Chéile.
  4. Martynowicz, A. (2014) ‘It’s not how they should treat people’. Migrants and the workplace in Northern Ireland, Belfast: Irish Congress of Trade Unions Northern Ireland Committee.
  5. Martynowicz, A., Moore, L. and Wahidin, A. (2012) ‘She’s a Legend!’ The Role of Significant Adults in the Lives of Children and Young People in Contact with the Criminal Justice System, Belfast: Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People.
  6. McCord, J., Irwin, T. and Martynowicz, A. (2012) Reviewing the provision of education for young people in detention: rights, research and reflections on policy and practice, Galway: Children and Youth Programme.
  7. Martynowicz, A. (2011) Children of Imprisoned Parents: Summary Report, Copenhagen: Danish Institute for Human Rights/Eurochips.
  8. Martynowicz, A., Holden, K. and Gauders, N. (2011) ‘The Polish Case Study’ in Sharff-Smith, P. and Gampell, L., (Eds) Children of Imprisoned Parents, Copenhagen: Danish Institute for Human Rights/Eurochips.
  9. Martynowicz, A. and Quigley, M. (2010) “…it’s like stepping on a landmine…”. Reintegration of Prisoners in Ireland, Dublin: Irish Penal Reform Trust.
  10. Martynowicz, A. and Ní Dhriscoil, V. (2009) Detention of Children: International Standards and Best Practice, Dublin: Irish Penal Reform Trust.
  11. Latif, N. and Martynowicz, A. (2009) Our Hidden Borders: The UK Border Agency’s Powers of Detention, Belfast: Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission.
  12. Martynowicz, A. and Jarman, N. (2009) New migration, equality and integration: issues and challenges for Northern Ireland, Belfast: Equality Commission for Northern Ireland.
  13. Bell, J., Caughey, A., Hansson, U., Martynowicz, A. and Scully, M. (2009) ‘…easy life, great people, bad weather’. A Report on the Experiences of Migrant Workers in Northern Ireland, Belfast: Department for Employment and Learning.
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