Dr Kerry Hannigan


Programme Leader – Criminology


  • Programme Leader – BA (Hons) Criminology, Sociology & Criminology, Criminology & Theology, Sociology & Theology
  • Module Leader – Practical Research and Analysis Skills (Level 8), Gender, Crime and Justice (Level 9), Globalisation of Crime (Level 10), Cultural criminology (Level 10), The Darker Side of the Internet (level 10), Dissertation (Level 10), Transnational Crime (level 10)
  • Co-teach/Lecturer – Research Methods and Techniques (Level 11)


  • BA (Hons) Social Sciences
  • MSc Applied Social Research (Criminology)
  • TQFE Postgraduate Teaching Qualification
  • PhD Socio-Legal Studies: ‘Protection and Security in a Technologically Advanced Society’ (online child sex offenders and the grooming of children and young people)

Professional Qualifications

  • Fellowship Higher Education Academy
  • Senior Fellowship Higher Education Academy

Professional Membership

  • British Society of Criminology
  • General teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS)


Teaching Subjects

  • Criminology
  • Sociology
  • Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis (including Nvivo)
  • Quantitative Research Methods and Analysis (including SPSS)
  • Teaching/Research Interests
  • Technology, the internet, and crime (including GDPR)
  • Qualitative and quantitative research methods and data analysis
  • Transnational crime
  • Cultural criminology
  • Green criminology


  • Hannigan, K (2020) ‘Vygotsky and Internet Grooming: The Darker Side of ZPD and Scaffolding’, in Owen, T. & Marshall, J. (eds) (2020) ‘Rethinking Cybercrime: Critical debates’, 1st Ed, Palgrave Macmillan

Research Interests

  • Work with both quantitative and qualitative data analysis (using both NVivo and SPSS for data analysis).
  • Research Interests: criminology, including cybercrime, globalisation/transnational crime (including SDGs and deviant tourism), and cultural criminology.
  • I am also interested in areas of sociology, including edgework and social and deviant practices.

Hobbies and Interests

  • I love learning (I see myself as an eternal student)
  • Going for long drives around Scotland (the West in particular)
  • Horror and crime: books, movies, documentaries
  • I am also a huge fan of Lord of the Rings (and Labyrinth)
  • Technology
  • And many more….

Kerry outside with a scenic view