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 Director of ‘Cyfiawnder: The Social Inclusion Research Centre at Wrexham Glyndwr University. Iolo’s areas of academic interest include probation, prisons, homelessness. 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)





Criminal Justice




Madoc-Jones,I and Washington-Dyer,K (2021) The Criminal justice System in Wales. In H.Williams and C.Williams (eds) Social Policy for Social Welfare Practice in a Deveolved Wales in Wales

Gorden, C., Lockwood, K., Madoc-Jones, I., Dubberley, D., Hughes, C., and Washington-Dyer, K., Wilding, M. and Ahmed, A. (2021)  Preventing Homelessness among Women Prison Leavers in Wales: Addressing the multiple and complex needs of women in an age of austerity. European Journal of Criminology, p1-23

Livingston, W.; Holloway, K., May, T., Buhociu, M., Madoc-Jones, I  and Perkins, A. (2021) Adapting existing behaviour: perceptions of substance switching and implementation of minimum pricing for alcohol in Wales. Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. 38(1):22-34.

Madoc-Jones I, Wadd S, Elliott L, et al. (2021) Factors influencing routine cognitive impairment screening in older at-risk drinkers: Findings from a qualitative study in the United Kingdom. Health and Social Care in the Community 29(2 pp.344-352)

Ahmed,A and Madoc-Jones,I (2020) Introduction to the Special Editions of the Journal of Social Police and Society: Introduction - Homelessness prevention in an international policy context. Journal of Social Policy and Society vol 19 (1) pp.89-93

Ahmed, A., and Madoc-Jones,I (2020) Homelessness prevention policy in an international context: The Housing Act (Wales) 2014. Journal of Social Policy and Society vol 19 (1) pp.95-108Ahmed, A., Madoc-Jones, I..,Gibbons, A., Jones,K., Rogers, M., and Wilding,. M (2020) Challenges to implementing the new homelessness prevention agenda in Wales. Journal of Social Policy and Society vol 19 (1) p.157-169