Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Dr Gerry Mooney



Dr Gerry Mooney is Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Open University and a member of the International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR) and the Open Space Research Centre. His research interests include the theories of neoliberalism and their relation to social policy, as well as Scottish devolution.

Dr Mooney holds a BA in Social Sciences, from the University of Paisley – today University of West Scotland – and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Glasgow. He joined the Open University during the mid-1980s, initially as a tutor on Social Sciences courses, and since 1998 as a Senior Lecturer in Social Policy and Criminology, and Staff Tutor Social Sciences, for the Open University in Scotland. He was Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Paisley, and also taught Sociology at the University of Abertay Dundee, the University of Glasgow and the University of Stirling. He has been lecturing at the Centre for British Studies at Humboldt-Universität, Berlin to which he was appointed an Honorary Fellow, in 2006. Between 2008 and 2011, Dr Mooney was a Visiting Professor in the Department of Geography and Sociology at University of Strathclyde and at present, he is Visiting Professor of Scottish Studies at University of Wisconsin River Falls.

At the Open University, Dr Mooney is presently deeply involved with the design of their new Social Policy module, based on the experience he gathered on having worked on the Social Policy / Criminology course and Honours Criminology course. During 2013 and 14, Dr Mooney chairs this module.

His most recent research projects focus on territorial stigmatisation in a context of austerity and welfare changes, territorial inequality and misrepresentation in the East End of Glasgow and the political economic geography of Scottish devolution and different dimensions of class divisions and class inequalities in contemporary Scotland. He is also analysing the role of criminal justice policymaking in nation-building, particularly in the context of devolution/federalism and will be co-editing Crime, Justice and Society in Scotland (Routledge, forthcoming 2015).