Amanda Haynes is a senior lecturer in sociology at the University of Limerick. Amanda’s research interests centre on the analysis of physical, discursive and classificatory violences, particularly those which are motivated by prejudice. Located in the Department of Sociology, she is a co-director of both the Hate and Hostility Research Group and the Power, Discourse and Society Research Group. Amanda’s research has been funded by the European Union, the Irish Research Council and the Irish Council for Civil Liberties. Amanda’s current research projects include “The Lifecycle of a Hate Crime” funded by the European Union Directorate-General Justice under its Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme. The project examines the application of criminal laws and sentencing provisions for hate crime across 5 EU Member States, capturing best practice in the tools utilised to combat hate crime across Europe in relation to both the strategies of legal intervention and the implementation of these rules. Amanda is also PI of the Irish Research Council funded project “Inclusive Policing for Gender Variant Persons: Informing Practice, Policy and Training Developments”. Following enactment of the Gender Recognition Act, this research address pressing obstacles to full inclusion for gender variant persons in Ireland.