Sarah McKean

Sarah McKean

Dr, Dr

Personal profile


I have 15 years experience working with third sector organisations; providing prison chaplaincy support, addiction support, and working in community development. I am passionate about finding ways to break the cycle of offending and in particular, finding effect methods of supporting those who have experienced imprisonment.  My PhD research was an interdisciplinary project, theology and criminology, examining the impact of, and understanding of, hope in the desistance process. This tracked the journeys of three groups at varying key stages of the desistance process. This was a qualitative research project using creative methods as well as interviews.

I am interested in examining sociological phenomena through a theological lens and uncovering ways to engage with spiritual aspects of life without relying on religion.


  • HM Sociology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminology
  • Desistance
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Punishment
  • Prisons
  • Creative Methods
  • Inter-disciplinary research with theology
  • BL Religion
  • Hope
  • Immanent Frame
  • Spirituality