Jenny Maher

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Dr Jenny Maher works in the fields of criminology and criminal justice, with contributions to knowledge in youth violence and victimisation, animal abuse and environmental crimes. 

Working alongside scholars from other disciplines, including the social and physical sciences and humanities, Dr Maher has worked to increase understanding and awareness of animal abuse in criminology.

She has collaborated with the UN and UK government on UK Wildlife and Forest Crime Analytic Toolkit Report, the European Union EFFACE project on environmental crime, the  European Commission report on the illegal wildlife trade, the RSPCA to evaluate the use and abuse of animals, including ‘status dogs’ in youth violence; authored a report on the illegal puppy trade for the Scottish Parliament and DEFRA and provided evidence to the Government’s Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee’s on the subject of pet smuggling.

Dr Maher’s publications include: The Palgrave Handbook of Social Harm; Routledge International Handbook of Green Criminology; The Palgrave International Handbook of Animal Abuse Studies. She is the Vice President for Council for Wales of Voluntary Youth Services.

Dr Maher is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology in the Faculty of Life Sciences and Education. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Criminology, PhD, Angels with Dirty Faces: Youth Gangs and Troublesome Youth Groups

1 Sept 20041 Sept 2007

Award Date: 2 Sept 2007


  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Criminology
  • Green Criminology
  • Environmental Crime
  • Animal Abuse
  • Youth Violence
  • Illegal Puppy Trade
  • Animal Trafficking


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