Deirdre Atkins – Waterford Institute of Technology
Deirdre Atkins is a Ph.D. candidate at Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland. Her research interests include prison law; prisoners’ rights; access to justice for prisoners; human rights, and desistance. More specifically, her PhD research will examine legal rights awareness among prisoners and its role in access to justice. Deirdre is also exploring prisoners’ perceptions of legitimacy in court and in prison and whether these perceptions can be linked to desistance from crime.

Valerio Baćak – Rutgers University
Valerio Baćak is an Assistant Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University. His main research interest is in understanding how offending and contact with the criminal justice system are related to health. In prior work, his studies examined the effects of incarceration on marriage, social status among former inmates, and the “healthy prisoner” hypothesis. Originally from Croatia, Valerio has extensive international experience conducting research in resource-limited settings. Since 2005, he consulted on public health projects for various United Nations organizations in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Azerbaijan, West Bank and Gaza, and Iraq. His studies have appeared in journals including Social Problems, Social Science and Medicine, and Journal of Marriage and Family. Valerio received his PhD in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Shane Bell – Queens University Belfast
Shane is currently working towards a PhD in the School of Education, Social Sciences and Social Work in Queens University Belfast, Northern Ireland (NI), under the supervision of Dr. Michelle Butler. His previous research as part of his BA Hons. and LLM in criminology has focused on different aspects of prisoner reintegration and desistance and has examined the availability, delivery and quality of rehabilitative services for those leaving custody in NI. However, in building upon this work, his current research as part of his PhD seeks to evaluate the role that conflict-effected neighbourhoods may play in the desistance process during reintegration for those leaving custody. His research interests therefore include prisoner rehabilitation & reintegration, desistance, neighbourhood conflict and prison life and it’s effects on offending behaviour.

Maria Berghuis – Leiden University
Maria is a PhD candidate for the Life in Custody Study, a large-scale study aimed at improving our understanding of staff and prisoner perceptions and experiences of prison life, as well as the effects (during and after imprisonment) of differences in experiences of prison life. Her PhD research is focused on the determinants and consequences of prison visitation.

Michelle Butler – Queen’s University Belfast
Her research interests include penal reform, conducting penal reform in transitional states, how a history of conflict and political imprisonment can impact on the delivery of a ‘normal’ prison regime, parental imprisonment, equality and diversity issues, the prison disciplinary system and staff working conditions. For further information on her work, please see Michelle Butler is a lecturer in criminology at Queen’s University Belfast. Her research interests include penal reform, conducting penal reform in transitional states, how a history of conflict and political imprisonment can impact on the delivery of a ‘normal’ prison regime, parental imprisonment, equality and diversity issues, the prison disciplinary system and staff working conditions.

Tomer Carmel – Tel Aviv University
Tomer is currently working towards a PhD in the Department of Psychology under the supervision of Prof. Dominique Lamy. He is interested in environmental effects on extreme human behavior such as violence and criminality, as well as the effects of personal history on individual tendencies for crime, and the effects of policies of law enforcement systems on sentencing.

Ineke Casier – Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Ineke Casier is a researcher at the Department of Criminology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium. She is a member of the interdisciplinary research group (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) “Human rights in situations of (extreme) institutional dependency”. Under supervision of Prof. Dr. Sonja Snacken (department of criminology), Prof. Dr. Wim Distelmans (faculty of medicine) and Prof. Dr. Paul De Hert (faculty of law & criminology) she is currently preparing a PhD on forms of autonomy and participation in prisons and hospitals. She is interested in prisons, forms of autonomy, agency, forms of participation, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, prisoners’ rights and patients’ rights, life in total institutions. In 2013 she co-founded the international network “living in total institutions”, with a focus on comparative research between different types of total institutions (interesting in becoming a member? Mail

Andreia de Castro Rodrigues – University of Minho and University Lusíada
Andreia de Castro Rodrigues is a deviant behavior psychologist with a master degree in psychology of deviant behavior (in the theme Violence, Crime and Victims) from the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University of Porto, and a PhD in Psychology of Justice by Fernando Pessoa University. She is a specialist in the Advanced Areas of Psychology of Justice and Community Psychology, by the Order of Psychologists. She has several fieldwork experiences namely of community intervention, having worked in vulnerable groups and territories. She has also participated in several funded scientific research projects, with several publications at national and international level. She is a member of the European Criminology Society, in three working groups: ‘ESC Working Group on Sentencing & Penal Decision-Making’, ‘Working Group on Qualitative Research Methodologies and Epistemologies, and ‘ESC Working Group on Prison Life and the Effects of Imprisonment’. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Psychology Research Center (CIPsi) of the University of Minho, Braga, and an Assistant Professor in the 1st and 2nd cycles of Criminology at the Faculty of Law of Universidade Lusíada, Porto, Portugal. Her main research topics are the offenders’ perspective about their sanctions (perceived effects, efficacy, between others) and about the justice system; the custodial and non-custodial experiences; sentencing and penal decision making; and deviant behavior.

Bart Claes – University of Sheffield
Bart Claes is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre of Criminological Research, School of Law at the University of Sheffield. His current research project, funded by the European Research Council, focuses on the capacity of restorative justice interventions in prison in Belgium and England and Wales to impact positively on offenders’ likelihood of stopping committing criminal offences. His research interests include life in prison, desistance from crime, restorative justice practices and comparative prison ethnography.

Geraldine Cleere – Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland
Dr. Geraldine Cleere is a lecturer of Law and Criminology at Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland, where she teaches Prison Law, Criminology, Criminal Law, Research Methodology, among other subjects. She has recently completed doctoral research that examined prison education in Ireland and found connections between prison education and desistance from criminal offending. It also measured social capital levels of prisoners for the first time and showed that prisoners were aware of a distinct ‘ecology’ within the prison, founded on ‘prison-based social capital’. Her main research interests are prison education, desistance, the sociology of the prison and legal rights (awareness) of prisoners. Geraldine is the Chairperson of Research and a member of the Board of Directors at U-Casadh (meaning U-Turn in Gaelic), an Irish organisation that works with ex-offenders and assists with their reintegration and training needs.

Gaëtan Cliquennois – University of Strasbourg
Gaëtan Cliquennois holds a Phd in sociology. He is a permanent researcher at the National Centre for Scientific Research, SAGE department (Societies, Actors and Governments in Europe)  at the University of Strasbourg. He has been visiting scholar at the department of criminology, University of Cambridge and at the Centre for analysis of risk and Risk at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His current research focuses on the control exerted by the Council of Europe and in particular by the European Court of Human Rights on European prisons, especially in Belgium, France and in the UK.

Ben Crewe – University of Cambridge
Ben is Deputy Director of the Prisons Research Centre at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge, UK. He has published widely on prison culture, prisoner social relations, public and private sector prisons, and other areas of prison life. His book The Prisoner Society: Power, Adaptation and Social Life in and English Prison was published in 2009 (OUP). He is currently leading a study of prisoners serving very long sentences from an early age.

Cristina Dâmboeanu – Institute of Sociology, Romanian Academy
Cristina Dâmboeanu is a researcher at the Institute of Sociology, Romanian Academy. Her main research interests are in the field of recidivism, consequences of imprisonment and inmates’ social reintegration. She is currently involved in a postdoctoral research project focused on the Effects of Imprisonment on Romanian Offenders’ Lives, funded by the Ministry of Education and Research.

Pascal Décarpes – University of Bern (CH)
Pascal Décarpes is a research assistant at the Institute of Criminal Law and Criminology in the Department of Prof. Jonas Weber. He has worked on human rights, foreign nationals and long-term imprisonment. One of his current research projects focuses on prison release.

Lukáš Dirga – Palacký University, Czech Republic
Lukáš Dirga graduated with a degree (MA) in Sociology at the University of West Bohemia. His current doctoral research at Palacký University examines the process of humanization of the Czech prison system through a comparison of written rules and real practice in Czech prisons from perspectives of implementation of principles of human rights. His research project is based on an ethnographic research in Czech high security prisons. His main interests include sociology of deviance, penitentiary sociology, prison research and qualitative methodology.

Anja Dirkzwager – Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR)
Anja’s research interests include prisoners’ perceptions of the conditions of confinement and how they adapt to life in prison, the physical and mental health of prisoners and their family members, and the effects of imprisonment on the further life course of ex-prisoners. She is one of the principal investigators who initiated the Prison Project, a large-scale and longitudinal study examining the effects of imprisonment on the further life course of 1.900 prisoners and their families (for more information see:

Jennifer Doekhie – Institute for Criminal Law and Criminology, University of Leiden
Jennifer Doekhie is a criminologist interested in prison life, reentry and processes of desistance. She is one of the PhD researchers  working on the Prison Project, a large-scale and longitudinal study examining the effects of imprisonment on the further life course of 1.900 prisoners and their families (for more information see:

Kirstin Drenkhahn –  Freie Universitaet Berlin
Kirstin is interested in prison law and practice as well as sanctioning law with a focus on human rights issues as well as the purposes of punishment and their implication for practice. She is working on an empirical study of living conditions of long-term prisoners in several European countries.

Martine Evans – Reims University
Martine teaches law and criminology at Reims University, France. She also teaches at the Universities of Nantes and Bordeaux IV/National Prison Academy. Her majors are criminal law, sentences, probation, prisons and reentry. She also is a disciplinary commission assessor at her local prison and a lobbyist and has published extensively. Since the early nineties she has endeavoured to create a systemic framework for prison law, a legal field which, until then, was in France rather unexplored. Her main angle has been to defend the idea that prison law should not be a law of exceptions, but should be embedded in common law, be it family, contract, labour or penal law.

Sarah E. Fehrmann – University of Cologne
Sarah E. Fehrmann studied rehabilitation sciences, specializing in social rehabilitation, imprisonment, as well as special needs education and rehabilitation pedagogy. She currently works as a research assistant at the Institute of Criminology which is part of the University of Cologne in Germany. Her research focuses on violence and suicide in juvenile prisons. Moreover, as a PhD candidate she explores the prison environment and prison climate, carceral geography and prison architecture, and living and learning conditions in carceral institutions.

Keira Flanagan – Waterford Institute of Technology
Keira is a lecturer of Psychology at Waterford Institute of Technology. She teaches Developmental Psychology, Social Psychology, Research Methodology, among other subjects. Keira is also a PhD candidate at Queen’s University Belfast. Her research interests include prison education, desistance from crime, young people in prison, prison ethos, identity, and resilience. More specifically, under the supervision of Dr. Michelle Butler, her PhD research focuses on the potential impact of prison education the desistance process in Northern Ireland.

Esther van Ginneken – Leiden University 
Esther van Ginneken is Assistant Professor in Criminology at Leiden University. Her research interests include the experience of imprisonment and the process of desistance. Recent articles explored posttraumatic growth among prisoners, the subjective experience of punishment, patterns of adjustment among prisoners, and prison suicides in England and Wales. She is currently involved in qualitative and quantitative research on imprisonment and desistance in the Netherlands.

Leonel Cunha Gonçalves – University of Minho, Portugal
Leonel Cunha Gonçalves is a PhD candidate in forensic psychology. His research interests include adjustment to prison life among young and adult offenders, the development of this process over time, and inmate classification.


Christine Graebsch – University of Applied Sciences and Arts Dortmund
Christine Graebsch is a professor at the Faculty of Applied Social Sciences. Teaching in the Social Work Department, she is a lawyer and criminologist by profession. She also teaches about prisons at the University of Bremen (law) and the University of Hamburg (criminology). She is head of the Prisons’ Archive (Strafvollzugsarchiv) , an instution conducting research on prisons that is also an NGO in the field of prisoners’ rights. Areas of research are prisoners’ rights and the reality of prison experience, experience of sanctions and supervision, crimmigration law, preventive detention, pre-crime.

Cristina Güerri  – Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Cristina Güerri is a predoctoral researcher at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF). She is currently developing a PhD on the role of prison officers in Spain with an FPU competitive grant by the Spanish Ministry of Education under the supervision of Elena Larrauri. As a member of the UPF Research Group in Criminology and Criminal Justice System, she is involved in the project ‘Enforcement and supervision of sentences: quality of intervention, legitimacy and recidivism’ and participates in the research line about inmates’ quality of life in prison, with a special focus on the perceived differences between national and foreign inmates.

Diete Humblet – Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Diete Humblet is a researcher and member of the Department of Criminology, the Research Group Crime & Society (CRiS) – Research Area Penality and Society, at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. She is also part of the project ‘Human Rights in Situations of (Extreme) Dependency’ (HOA). Under the supervision of Prof. dr. Snacken Sonja, she is currently preparing a PhD on older adults in Belgian prisons. She is interested in prisons, older adults, effects of imprisonment, prisoners’ rights, life in total institutions.

Lila Kazemian – John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Lila Kazemian is an Associate Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She earned the Ph.D. at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge, in England. She joined the Department of Sociology at John Jay in 2006 after completing a post-doctoral fellowship funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. Her research work has revolved around life-course and criminal career research, desistance from crime, prisoner reentry, and comparative criminology. She recently began a project aiming to compare and contrast perceptions of prison quality of life in various countries. The research aims to shed some light on the obstacles to desistance from crime and eventual reintegration into the community, as experienced and reported by the inmates themselves.

Philippe Kennes – Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Philippe Kennes is a research and teaching assistant at the Department of Criminology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium. Under supervision of Sonja Snacken and Kristel Beyens he is currently preparing a PhD on the Belgian prison governor and local prison governance. He is interested in prison governance and prison staff. Find out more on:

Victoria Knight – De Montfort University
Dr Victoria Knight is a Senior Research Fellow in Applied Social Sciences at De Montfort University, UK. She is convenor of the Emotion and Criminal Justice Cluster at De Montfort University, UK, which brings together scholars and practitioners for cross-disciplinary research and debate into the topic of emotion in the criminal justice landscape. Victoria conducts research on media use and digital technologies in prison settings. She has published on this topic.  She is a member of the Independent Monitoring Board in a local male prison and a member of the editorial board for the Prison Service Journal.

Andrea Kretschmann – Bielefeld University
Andrea is a postdoctoral researcher in criminology and sociology at Bielefeld University. She is currently a guest researcher at the Research Centre Human Rights at Vienna University. Her scientific interests include criminology and sociology of law (police and prison studies, criminal policies and welfare policies) as well as sociological theory (discourse theory and practice theory). Within the prison context, she is interested in subjectivation processes in prisons.

Candace Kruttschnitt – University of Toronto
I am a professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto. My current research focuses on the effects of confinement on offenders in different political and cultural contexts.  This year I am completing a research project (funded by NOW) with Catrien Bijleveld that focuses on the risk factors that are uniquely important to women’s offending trajectories. Our data are based on life history calendars we administered to approximately 400 women incarcerated in the Netherlands. Prior to this project, I worked with Anja Dirkzwager on a replication of David Downes’ study, Contrasts in Tolerance.

Julie Laursen – University of Aalborg
I am a PhD fellow at the University of Aalborg, Department of Sociology and Social work. My PhD is about prison-based Cognitive Behavioral Programs and my empirical material stems from fieldwork in three different Danish prisons. I have been a participant observer in both Anger Management and Cognitive Skills plus conducted focus group and single interviews with the participants and the instructors. I have written a Danish article on perceptions of violence in Anger Management and I am currently writing an English article on the concepts of honor and self-respect in relations to the Cognitive Behavioral programs. My broad research interest is prisons, punishment, rehabilitation, violence and penal policies.

Franziska Loock – Germany
Franziska Loock studied Psychology in Trier. After finishing her Master of Science she worked as a research assistant for the Research and Development Division of the Department of Mental Health Services of the Canton of Zurich. There she wrote a publication about school shootings and specific models of risk-factors. Since March 2015 she works as a therapist in a forensic psychiatry in Germany (Karl-Jaspers-Klink, Bad Zwischenahn) where perpetrators get a psychiatric treatment instead of being in prison. Besides, she is involved in ZAP Nord in Lübeck, which is a school where she gets a post-graduate education in psychotherapy.

Isla Masson – University of Leicester
Isla is a lecturer in criminology at the University of Leicester, where she teaches a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate modules and is the MSc Co-Course Convenor. Her research interests predominately lie in incarceration, female offending and restorative justice. Her PhD explored the long term impact of first short terms of incarceration on mothers and has recently been published in a book entitled Incarcerating Motherhood. She previously co-led a project with Restorative Justice Council funded by the Barrow Cadbury Trust, she currently volunteers with the Independent Monitoring Board at HMP Onley, co-founded the Women, Families, Crime and Justice Network with colleagues at DMU, and has helped created a social enterprise at HMP Ryehill.

Rosie Meek  – Royal Holloway University of London
Rosie is a chartered psychologist and prison researcher, conducting quantitative and qualitative research throughout the UK and internationally. Current research activities include 1. developing effective measurement tools for the evaluation of mentoring and arts programmes in criminal justice settings, 2. the role of sport and physical activity in prison settings (see 3. The role of voluntary and community organisations in reducing reoffending and promoting desistance 4. A social psychological exploration of narcissism, empathy and the better-than-average effect among prisoners. 5. Prison health and education.

Linda Kjaer Minke – University of Southern Denmark
Linda Kjaer Minke is a sociologist and employed as associate professor at the Institute of Law. She teaches Masters courses in Criminology and Penal Sentence Law. She is a coeditor of Journal of Nordic Crime Science and has published on subjects like prisoner culture, prisonization, domestic transfer of prisoners, prison food and sentencing as alternatives to prison. She is studying the norms and attitudes between prison staff and cooking courses for prisoners. Besides that she is mapping the extent of hate crime in Denmark.

Toon Molleman – Research and Documentation Centre, Duth Ministry of Security and Justice
I am a researcher with a background in public administration. The majority of my research focuses on organizational performance of prisons (performance measurement, benchmarking, perverse effects of performance management). Furthermore, I interested in the specific topics of cell sharing, prison conditions and staff inmate contacts.

Christine Morgenstern – University of Greifswald
Christine Morgenstern works at the intersection between penal law, human rights and criminology. She studied law in Freiburg, Hamburg and San Sebastian. Her PhD thesis on international human rights standards for community sanctions and measures was published in 2002; her habilitation thesis on pre-trial detention in Europe in 2018. She has been working as lecturer and research fellow for criminology and criminal law at the University of Greifswald for many years and was a visiting professor at the Free University Berlin and at the University Göttingen in 2017 and 2018. Currently she is a Research Fellow at Trinity College, The University of Dublin, where she is responsible for the German part of the PRILA study on Prisons: the Rule of Law, Accountability and Rights. Christine’s research interests include penal theory, sentencing, law and practice of community sanctions and prison life. She is particularly keen on covering comparative and European aspects of these topics and contributing not only to European research but also to European Penal Policies.

Aimée Muirhead – Queen’s University Belfast
Aimée Muirhead is a PhD student at Queen’s University Belfast. Her PhD project is titled “Behind Closed Doors: A Study of Cell-sharing and Coping in Prison”. It aims to investigate the possible ways in which different cell environments and cell-mate relationships can influence how individuals cope with imprisonment using a mixed method approach. Her research interests include cell-sharing in prison, prison overcrowding, and coping in prison.

Paul Nieuwbeerta – Leiden University
Paul is a professor of Criminology at Leiden University. His research interests include criminal careers, the effects of imprisonment, life course criminology, and murder and manslaughter. He is one of the principal investigators who initiated the Prison Project, a large-scale and longitudinal study examining the effects of imprisonment on the further life course of 1.900 prisoners and their families (for more information see:

Annette Olesen – University of Southern Denmark
Annette Olesen is a sociologist and researcher at the Department of Law, University of Southern Denmark. She teaches graduate courses in Sociology of Law. She is a co-editor of Retfærd Nordic Journal of Law and Justice and publishes about legal barriers faced  by ex-prisoners with a particular focus on ex-prisoners’ debt and financial situation in general. By using the term legal consciousness she furthermore studies how inside knowledgeable prisoners and ex-prisoners in Denmark experience and (strategically) respond to their involvement of an ongoing series of interactions with officials and rules in everyday life.

Ineke Pruin –  Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität,  Greifswald
Ineke is interested in (juvenile) prison law and practice  with a focus on release structures and practices. She is working on a study of resettlement structures and concepts in different European countries.

Luisa Ravagnani – University of Brescia
I am a researcher in Criminology at the University of Brescia, Italy and an Expert Judge at the Surveillance Court of Brescia, Italy. My main fields of interests are female prison conditions and life before crime. Moreover, I’m particularly interested in the protection of prisoners’ Human Rights. In October 2013 I published the outcomes of research on the Italian female prison population, conducted in collaboration with the University of Oklahoma. My current research projects are: 1) Prison conditions of male sentenced prisoners, their recidivism rates and their future chance of resettlement in Italy; 2) Foreigners in prison: the European situation and best practice; 3)  Italian people detained abroad: numbers and legal situations. I’m also a councilor of the Associazione Carcere e Territorio Onlus – ACT (Prison and Society Association), an NGO that puts into practice the outcomes of the research by creating ad hoc projects to improve prison conditions (for more info about the activities of ACT:

Joni Reef – Institute for Criminal Law and Criminology, University of Leiden
Joni Reef publishes nationally and internationally about the longitudinal development of criminal behaviour, decisive factors in the determination of sentences, the wellbeing of partners and children of delinquents, attitudes with regard to the legitimacy of the penal system and risk factors for delinquent behavior. Her research group, consisting of several Phd-students, postdocs and senior researchers, is concerned with studying intentional and unintentional consequences of imprisonment. This research is an important part of the research programme Criminal Justice: Legitimacy, Accountability and Effectivity of the Institute for Criminal Law & Criminology of Leiden University. She is one of researchers who initiated the Prison Project, a large-scale and longitudinal study examining the effects of imprisonment on the further life course of 1.900 prisoners and their families (for more information see:

Luc Robert – National Institute of Criminalistics and Criminology (NICC)
Luc’s research interests include prison conditions, prisoner classification, prison release, re-incarceration and recidivism (upon release from prison). He is currently partaking in a recidivism study based on criminal records of persons convicted in Belgium and is finishing a study that addresses why some long-term prisoners ‘max out’ from prison (as opposed to being released early). For more information: (in Dutch and French only); contact:

Marguerite Schinkel – University of Glasgow
Marguerite is interested in prisons, the experience of punishment and what needs to be in place in prison and the community for real reintegration to be possible. Her research focuses on how prisoners make sense of their sentence, in the context of their wider life story. She is working on a post-doctoral research project Lives Sentenced: Experiences of Repeated Punishment, in which she explores how men and women who have been punished persistently over a period of at least 15 years experience and give meaning to this accumulation of sentences. For her blog see

Alisa Stevens – University of Southampton
Alisa Stevens is a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Southampton. She holds a MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice, for which she was awarded a Distinction, and the DPhil in Law, both from the Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford. Her research and teaching interests revolve around the experience of imprisonment for, and rehabilitation of, people serving long sentences for violent or sexually violent offences. Alisa is the author of Offender Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Communities, published by Routledge; an ethnographic study of the rehabilitative work and social culture of prison-based democratic therapeutic communities. More recently, Alisa conducted research for the Howard League for Penal Reform on sexual activity in British prisons.

Holger Schmidt – University of Cologne, Institute of Criminology
Holger Schmidt currently works as a research associate in a mixed-method research project on violence and suicide in juvenile correctional facilities carried out by the Institute of Criminology of the University of Cologne. As a PhD candidate he works on the perception of (in-)justice of juvenile prisoners using qualitative interview data. His further interests include juvenile delinquency, the empirical and theoretical study of contemporary imprisonment, recent developments in criminological theory (especially green criminology) and advances in qualitative methods of empirical social research.

Sharon Shalev
Sharon Shalev is a prison researcher and a human rights worker. She is an Associate of the Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford; of the Mannheim Centre for Criminology at the LSE and of the International Centre for Prison Studies (ICPS). The key focus of Sharon’s work in the last two decades has been the use of solitary confinement in prisons and other places of detention across the world. Her book on the US ‘supermax’ prisons, (Willan, 2009) has been awarded the British Society of Criminology’s Book Prize for 2010. Sharon acts as an independent consultant on solitary confinement and has authored various publications on the subject, including Supermax: Controlling Risk Through Solitary Confinement and the Sourcebook on Solitary Confinement.  She is currently working together with the Prison Reform Trust on a study titled “Prison segregation units in England and Wales: capacity, functions and quality”. This project will build an evidence base on the uses of segregation: the regulations governing its use, variations in practice, the characteristics of those who end up in segregation and their experience of segregation, the views of staff who work there, and the processes for returning people to normal location.

Philippa Tomczak
Having studied at the Universities of Manchester and Oxford, I am delighted to have been awarded a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship entitled ‘Prison Suicide: Theorising its Regulation’ until 2018. This examines the role of public and voluntary sector bodies in the regulation of prison suicide. I am also currently publishing my monograph entitled ‘The Penal Voluntary Sector’ and journal articles which draw on my Doctoral research. I have expertise in applying actor-network theory to solve research problems.

Jennifer Turner- University of Leicester
Jennifer is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Criminology at the University of Leicester. Trained as a Geographer, Jennifer’s work considers the spatial dimensions of incarceration through interrogating the socio-cultural relations between ‘inside’ and ‘outside’. She is currently part of a large ESRC project exploring the role of architecture, design and technology in prisoner rehabilitation. Jennifer is the editor of the annual themed issue of Social Geography focusing on ‘Criminality and Carcerality across Boundaries’ (2014).

Thomas Ugelvik – University of Tromsø
Thomas Ugelvik is an associate professor of Sociology at the Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law at the University of Oslo. He has published widely on subjects like prisoner culture, forms of everyday power and resistance in prison, prison masculinities and Scandinavian exceptionalism. He is series editor of the book series Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology together with Ben Crewe and Yvonne Jewkes. He is currently doing a study of Norway’s single prison dedicated solely to foreign prisoners and its only closed immigration detention centre.

Azrini Wahidin – Nottingham Trent University
My research interests relate to the links between social exclusion, the ‘deviant’ body, crime and crime control and social harm. My  writings are both theoretical and applied and have been influenced by the work of Michel Foucault and Judith Butler.  I have conducted extensive prison research focusing on both prisoners and uniformed staff in Northern Ireland, England and Wales and the US.  In particular, my research has focused on elderly prisoners on both sides of the Atlantic; managing the needs of older offenders, the female prison estate, young offenders, experiences of imprisonment in Northern Ireland, Peer support in prisons, transitions from custody and female political prisoners. I am  chair of the Professional Ethics Committee for the British Society of Criminology and was a  trustee for the Howard League for Penal Reform   and the Irish Penal Reform Trust. I am of member of the COST ACTION GROUP  151106  – Offender Supervision in Europe chaired by Professor Fergus McNeil.  I am also on the editorial board for The Howard Journal of  Criminal Justice, the Prison Service Journal, Sociological Research on-line and formally the British Journal of Sociology.

Maaike Wensveen – Institute for Criminal Law and Criminology, Leiden University
Maaike Wensveen is a criminologist and PhD candidate for the Prison Project, a large-scale and longitudinal study examining the effects of imprisonment on the further life course of 1.900 prisoners and their families (for more information see: Her PhD-research is focused on the housing situation of prisoners and ex-prisoners.

Gunda Wößner – Max Planck Institute
Gunda is a senior researcher in the Department of Criminology at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, Freiburg. Her research interests include correctional treatment with a focus on sexual and violent offenders, the impact of imprisonment, electronic monitoring and processes that lead to desistance from crime or recidivism. She is also interested in investigating innovative criminal justice approaches such as restorative justice.

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