Standing in front of a large room, filled with family and colleagues alike, Professor Anne-Marie McAlinden delivered her Inaugural Lecture, ‘Re-Imagining the Risk of Sexual Offending’ on the 30th October 2018. Introductions were made by Pro-Vice-Chancellor Adrienne Scullion and Emeritus Professor Phil Scraton, who outlined Professor McAlinden’s links to Queens where she began as an undergraduate law student, obtained a Masters Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice and was awarded the Royal Irish Academy PhD scholarship to pursue her doctorate.
The lecture presented a ‘big picture’ view of Professor McAlinden’s considerable body of work which has consistently explored complex and controversial themes around sexual offence, the vilification of sexual offenders, shame, child protection, grooming and layers of risk. Her work sits at the cutting edge of scholarly and public discourses. Her 2007 book, The Shaming of Sexual Offenders, won the British Society of Criminology Book Prize in 2008 and her most recent book Children at Risk: Sexual Abuse and Exploitation is set for publication in the autumn of 2018.