Dr Iris Mordue joined the University of Cumbria in October 2023.

Previously, Iris was an Associate Lecturer at Teesside University for eight years, teaching Criminology and Sociology at the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Law.

Iris’ thesis ‘Managing Precarious Livelihoods and Crime’ explored how different status groups in North-East England (British indigenous working class, Polish labour migrants, and varied groups of refugees/asylum seekers) experience economic insecurity, crime, and place. 

Prior to this, Iris was a National Service Manager with responsibility to deliver advocacy for people with learning varieties, autism, and brain injuries in twenty independent hospitals. 

Iris has also held various volunteer roles: for example, as a Trustee for the YMCA; and held advisory roles for the police (regarding hate crimes) as well as the PCT Mental Health Matters forum (BAME). 

For the best part of ten years, Iris was a Community Developer specialising in community cohesion projects in North-East towns/cities. 

Iris also ran her own consultancy business for over two years, specialising in supporting public, third and private sector organisations/institutions to develop their business, networks, and partnerships.  Iris has a track record of securing just under £1.5 million external funding for various capital and revenue projects for charitable organisations. She also worked with young offenders, young people in/leaving care as well as with young parents. In her private time, Iris very much enjoys being a mother of two and walking her two long-dogs.  

Qualifications and memberships

PhD – Criminology and Sociology (Studentship)– Teesside University  

MSc – Health and Social Care (Generic) – Teesside University  

BA (Hons) – Sociology – University of Durham