Dr. Kyle Mulrooney is a lecturer in Criminology at the University of New England where he also occupies a number of leadership roles including the co-director of the Centre for Rural Criminology, Convenor of Criminology and coordinator of the Bachelor of Criminology/Criminology Honours. He also serves as the Vice President of the International Society for the Study of Rural Crime and on the Executive Board of the Human Enhancement Drug Network.
Kyle’s primary field of research is the Sociology of punishment in which he has examined issues ranging from the nexus between penal populism and political culture to the areas of (enhancement) drug policy and rural crime. His current research is centres on rural criminology which explores how aspects of cultural geography and locational context impact upon the types, incidences and responses to crime and access to related services.
Kyle holds a Ph.D. in Cultural and Global Criminology from the University of Kent and Universität Hamburg, an MA in the Sociology of Law from the International Institute for the Sociology of Law and a BA (Honours) in Criminology and Justice from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.
Both the IISL and Onati are very special places to me. It is hard to describe in such few words the beauty of Onati and the Basque Country, the superior program offered by the IISL, and the wonderful professors and students who comprise it. That being said, when I reflect on my fond memories, four main components of my experience come to mind which make the IISL and Onati places I will never forget. They are; the program, the professors, the town/country and, of course, the students.
The program is special and unique both in its composition and organization. Being taught sociology of law by some of the world’s leading professors with a group of academically driven students from all across the globe provides a wonderful environment in which to live and learn. The multiplicity of ideas floating around a discussion at a given time, combined with a mutual respect for academia and one another, created some learning experiences I will never forget. The program itself is outstanding, and while challenging, the professors, scientific director and staff at the IISL are phenomenal people who take the time to work with each and every student. The relationship between the students and faculty is what contributes to the uniqueness of this program and what I am sure contributes to the continued excellence of many students who attend the IISL.