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Biography

Grainne is a Senior Lecturer in the Division of Criminology, Politics and Sociology. She is a member of the Centre for Citizenship, Conflict, Identity and Diversity and an affiliate of the Centre for Applied Childhood, Youth and Family Research. She researches feminism, activism and social movements, and young people’s social, political and civic participation.

Grainne has just completed a European Commission, Horizon 2020 project entitled Partispace: Spaces and styles of participation. Formal, non-formal and informal possibilities of young people’s participation in European cities (partispace.eu). This study, which ran from 2015 to 2018, explored young people’s political and social participation in the public sphere - in formal, non-formal and informal settings - and took place in eight cities across Europe. Grainne is involved in two current projects:

Empowering girls and young women through Project 1325 (funded by WomenCentre/ Big Lottery fund)
Migration and lived experience: displaced young people living in Europe (funded by University of Huddersfield)

Gráinne is the Research Lead for RAPAR, a human rights organisation based in Manchester, UK, working with displaced people. Grainne is active on social media: @grainnemcmahon.

Grainne completed a DPhil at the University of Oxford (Christ Church) (2009), an MSc at Queen’s University, Belfast (1999), and a BSc (Hons) at the University of Ulster (1998).

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Young people’s social, political and civic participation
  • Young women’s feminism and feminist activism
  • Feminist activism and social movements
  • Women, girls and feminism  

Research Degree Supervision

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feminism Social Sciences
Social Movements Social Sciences
participation Social Sciences
Research Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 2018 2018

  • 2 Commissioned report
  • 1 Article

Biographies of young people's participation in eight European Cities

Cuconato, M., McMahon, G., Becquet, V., Ilardo, M., Liljeholm Hansson, S., Lutgens, J., von Schwanenflügel, L., Demozzi, S. & Maunaye, E., 3 May 2018, 76 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Open Access
1 Citations

Starting to Stop: Young Offenders' Desistance from Crime

McMahon, G. & Jump, D., 1 Apr 2018, In : Youth Justice. 18, 1, p. 3-17 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Crime
offender
offense
adolescence
confidence

Young people's participation: learning from action research in eight European cities

McMahon, G., Percy-Smith, B., Thomas, N., Becevic, Z., Liljeholm Hansson, S. & Forkby, T., 3 May 2018, 132 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Open Access

Activities 2012 2018

  • 8 Oral presentation
  • 3 Invited talk

Young People's Participation Biographies

Grainne McMahon (Speaker)
18 Apr 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Be(com)ing Feminist: Young Women's Feminist Journeys and Political Activism

Grainne McMahon (Speaker)
10 Apr 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Formal, Non-Formal and Informal Possibilities of Young People's Participation in European Cities

Grainne McMahon (Invited speaker), Alexandre Pais (Invited speaker)
7 Mar 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Authority and Places of Democracy

Grainne McMahon (Invited speaker), Janet Batsleer (Invited speaker)
7 Mar 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

'Girls', 'Leaning In', and 'Faux Empowerment'

Grainne McMahon (Invited speaker), Janet Batsleer (Invited speaker)
16 Jun 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk