Dr Sinead O’Malley BA, MA

Independent Social Worker

Criminal and Social Justice Consultant

Sinead is a convict criminologist who qualified as a social worker in 2013. In 2018, she graduated with a PhD on the topic, ‘Motherhood, Mothering and the Irish Prison System’, the first participatory study to be realised within the Irish Prison System.

Sinead currently practices as an independent social worker and continues to engage in research, publishing, and delivers invited lectures and training on how to work positively with mothers engaged with the criminal and social justice systems and with children effected by parental imprisonment.

Sinead’s academic interests are in feminist and creative methodologies, and motherhood scholarship and she is most proud when supporting female prisoners to publish about their own experiences of research and mothering.

#TheMothersProject was born out of the PhD project and is made up of women with direct practice and lived experience of female imprisonment, many of whom were peer-researchers while they were serving their custodial sentence.