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" Photo-ethnography, Visual Methods and Interventions in Public Policy: Community, Politics and Resistance in DTES Vancouver"


Maggie O'Neill, Ph.D.
Professor of Criminology

School of Applied and Social Sciences
Durham University

Professor O’Neill joined Durham University in February 2010 and brought extensive experience of working in inter-disciplinary contexts with expertise in critical and cultural criminology. Research activity and outcomes include the development of theory; a focus upon innovative biographical, cultural and participatory research methodologies; and the production of praxis - knowledge which addresses and intervenes in public policy. Her research activity has been instrumental in moving forward debates, dialogue and scholarship in three substantive areas: prostitution and the commercial sex industry (since 1990); forced migration and the asylum-migration nexus (since 1999); innovative participatory, performative and visual methodologies (since 1990). Professor O’Neill’s latest book co-authored with Lizzie Seal entitled Transgressive Immigration, Crime, Deviance and Culture is schedule for publication in 2012 by Palgrave Macmillan.

Professor O’Neill is a member of the steering group for the Centre for Social Justice and Community Action, an affiliate of the Centre for Medical Humanities and a fellow of the Wolfson Research Institute. She also co-chairs the Crime, Violence and Abuse Research Group. She has received research funding from the AHRB, AHRC, ESRC, the British Academy, the British Council, Home Office, Government Office East Midlands, Leicester Education Authority, The Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Arts Council East Midlands, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, and Walsall South Health Action Zone [see www.safetysoapbox.co.uk].Outcomes from two recently funded AHRC research projects were highlighted by the AHRC as examples of good practice around impact. Some of this work can be seen on line at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/gallery/2009/jan/13/sense-of-belonging-exhibition  and  http://www.diasporas.ac.uk/assets/O'Neill%20Belonging.pdf  and in a showreel of images taken from the Diasporas, Migration and Identities Final Showcase Event held at Tate Britain on 10 February 2010 http://www.diasporas.ac.uk/assets/lecture%20room%20Showreel.pdf  Recent research on 'Community Politics and Resistance in downtown eastside Vancouver' is documented by AHA Media at: http://ahamedia.ca/category/magie-oneill-durham-university/  and: http://ahamedia.ca/2011/06/26/aha-media-filmed-at-community-arts-dialogue-community-politics-and-resistance-in-vancouver%e2%80%99s-downtown-eastside-%e2%80%93-part-1-on-june-18-2011/