Professor Iolo Madoc-Jones

Job Role
Professor in Social and Criminal Justice


Professor Iolo Madoc-Jones was appointed Professor of Criminal and Social Justice at Wrexham Glyndŵr University in 2018. Iolo is a first language Welsh speaker who, before becoming an academic, was a Probation Officer and then Senior Probation Officer.

He has an MSc in Forensic Behavioural Science and his PhD (awarded in 2010) explored Welsh language use in the Criminal Justice System in Wales. Between 2004 and 2016, as well as working at Wrexham Glyndŵr University, he was an Associate Inspector with Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation and inspected provisions for managing and addressing offending behaviour in communities (probation and youth justice) and custodial contexts.

He has published in a range of criminology and social work journals, and has presented his work at national and international academic conferences. His latest research has been as Principal Investigator on a Welsh government funded evaluation of services provided to homeless adults leaving the secure estate in Wales. He has recently been involved in a review of the Welsh Government Substance Misuse Strategy, and an evaluation of the provisions to address homelessness in the Wales (Housing) Act 2015. He is presently (2016-2021) involved in a Big Lottery funded evaluation of a multi-level intervention to promote healthy alcohol use across the UK.

He is the University’s representative on the management board for the Welsh Centre for Criminal and Social Justice and sits on the University’s Research Ethics Committee. Iolo’s areas of academic interest include probation, prisons, homelessness and substance misuse. Iolo welcomes enquiries by students wishing to undertake doctoral level study in any of those areas.


PhD (University of Wales)

MSc (Liverpool University)

BA Econ (Hons) (Manchester University)

CQSW (Bangor University)




Offender Management/Engagement


Alcohol misuse

Qualitative methods



Level 4: Introduction to Forensic Psychology

Level 6: Research Project; Multi-Agency Working in the Criminal Justice System

Level 7: MA Research Project; Advanced Research Methods


  • Seddon, JL., Wadd, S., Wells, E., Elliott, L., Madoc-Jones, I.,, & Breslin, J.(2019) Drink Wise, Age Well: Reducing Alcohol Related Harm Among People Over 50; study protocol. BMC Public Health.

  • Madoc-Jones,I. Gorden,C., Hughes,C. Dubberley,S and Washington-Dyer,K (2019) Rethinking Homelessness Amongst Prison Leavers European Journal of Probation Issue Volume: 10 issue: 3, page(s): 215-231.

  • Madoc-Jones,I, Lloyd-Jones,N and Owen,E. (2018) Assessing and Addressing Domestic Abuse by Ex-Armed Service Personnel. Probation Journal.Vol 65 (2) pp.201-218.
  • Hughes,C. Madoc-Jones,I. Parry,O and Dubberley,S (2017) A Place to Call Our Own: On the Geographical and Social Marginalisation of Homeless People. Journal of Adult Protection. Vol 19 (3) pp.105-122.

  • Madoc-Jones,I., Hughes,C., Williams,E and Turley,J. (2016) Big Prisons: Does Size Still Matter? The Prison Service Journal (lead article) No227, pp4-11.

  • Madoc-Jones,I., Parry,O. and Dubberley,S (2015) Dangerous Conversations- A Case Study Involving Language. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal Vol. 34 Iss: 5, pp.439 - 451.

  • Dubberley,S., Madoc-Jones,I., Parry,O and Graham,K (2015) ‘Wake up Call’ Achieving Compliance with Youth Justice Orders. Probation Journal. Vol. 62(1) 7–19.
  • Nordoff,J and Madoc-Jones,I (2014) Aiming Higher: More Than ‘On the Job’ Training for Residential Child Care Workers. Journal of Residential Childcare. Vol 9, no 1 pp.42-57.

  • Madoc-Jones,I., Parry,O., and Jones, D.S. (2013) ‘The Chip Shop Welsh’: Aspects of Welsh Speaking Identity in Contemporary Wales’ Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism Vol 13, No. 3 pp.394-411.

  • Baker,S., Madoc-Jones,I., Parry,O., Warren,E., Perry,K., Roscoe,K and Mottershead, R. (2013) ‘More Sinned Against Than Sinning? Perceptions About European Migrants and Crime’ Criminology and Criminal Justice 13 (3) pp 262-278.

  • Madoc-Jones,I and Parry,O (2013) ‘It’s Always English in the Cop Shop: Accounts of Minority Language Use in the Criminal Justice System’. The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice Vol 52 No 1. pp. 91–107.

  • Madoc-Jones,I Parry,O and Hughes,C (2012) ‘Minority Language Non-Use in Service Settings: What We Know, How We Know it and What We Might Not Know’. Current Issues in Language Planning Volume 13, Issue 3 pp 249-262.

  • Madoc-Jones,I and Parry,O(2012) ‘Damned if You Do, Damned if You Don’t: Exploring Uptake of Minority Language Services’. International Journal of the Sociology of Language Issue: 215 pp. 191 – 208.