Researchers

All researchers listed below are connected to the Imprisonment Observatory academic network. All publications on prison related research by these academics are listed in our repository.

Associate Professor Jane Andrew

Jane Andrew is an Associate Professor of Accounting in the University of Sydney Business School, Australia where she has been an academic since 2010. Her research has focused on the role accounting information plays in public policy, with a particular emphasis on the privatisation of prisons. Much of Jane’s work examines the quality of the accounting information that informs prison policy, and the reporting practices within private prisons themselves. Jane is also an Associate Editor on two leading international accounting journals Abacus and Critical Perspectives on Accounting and is the Postgraduate Research Coordinator in the Discipline of Accounting, overseeing the research projects of a large number of students.

Jane is currently engaged in a large project exploring the impact prison privatisation has had on costs, accountability and performance within the sector. The project in ongoing, and it involves the collection of qualitative information from people working within the sector to provide richer insights into both the intentions and the effects of privatisation. In addition, she is currently developing a database of publicly available information related to private prisons to assist other researchers and policy makers who are interested in the implications of privatisation on Australian prisons.

Professor Eileen Baldry

Eileen Baldry is Professor of Criminology in Social Sciences, Academic Chair, UNSW Equity Diversity and Inclusion Board and Deputy Dean Arts and Social Sciences at UNSW, where she has been an academic since 1993. She teaches in the social policy and criminology programs. Eileen’s research and publications focus on social justice and include prisons and post release; women and the criminal justice system; life course pathways for people with mental health and cognitive disability in criminal justice systems; education, training and employment for prisoners and ex-prisoners; homelessness and transition from prison; Indigenous justice and Indigenous social work; community development and social housing; and disability services. The parts played by social institutions and agencies in creating cumulative and compounding complex support needs for poor, racialized and vulnerable young people and adults propelling them into management by the police and the criminal justice system are focusses of her work currently. She has been and is a Chief investigator on twelve Australian Research Council (ARC), NH&MRC, Housing and Criminology grants over the past 15 years.

Professor Mary Bosworth

Mary Bosworth is Professor of Criminology and Fellow of St Cross College at the University of Oxford and, concurrently, Professor of Criminology at Monash University, Australia. She is Assistant Director of the Centre for Criminology and Director of Border Criminologies, an interdisciplinary research group focusing on the intersections between criminal justice and border control. Professor Bosworth conducts research into the ways in which prisons and immigration detention centres uphold notions of race, gender and citizenship and how those who are confined negotiate their daily lives. Her research is international and comparative and has included work conducted in Paris, Britain, the USA and Australia.

Dr Ben Crewe

Dr. Ben Crewe is Deputy Director of the Prisons Research Centre and Director, M.St. Penology Programme at Cambridge University. He has been at the Cambridge Institute of Criminology since 2001, initially as a Nuffield Foundation New Career Development Fellow, and subsequently as a Senior Research Associate. He is currently directing a major study of prisoners serving very long sentences from an early age, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (co-investigator, Dr Susie Hulley).

Ben is on the editorial board of the British Journal of Criminology, Palgrave Communications and the Prison Service Journal. He is an International Associate Board member of Punishment and Society, and recently co-edited a special issue of this journal (with Yvonne Jewkes) on ‘The Pains of Imprisonment Revisited’. He is one of the series editors of Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology (with Yvonne Jewkes and Thomas Ugelvik) and is currently co-editing the second edition of the Handbook on Prisons (with Yvonne Jewkes and Jamie Bennett). He has been a member of the Perrie Lectures Committee since 2006, and is a member of the Howard League Research Advisory Group.

Ben would be interested in supervising PhD students in any of the following areas: prison social life and culture; prison staff and management; prison quality of life; comparative penology; long-term imprisonment; prison privatization; prisoner life histories.

Dr Anna Eriksson

Dr Anna Eriksson is a Criminologist and Penologist at Monash University, Australia.

In a series of research projects she has worked on topics ranging from the use of restorative justice in transitional societies, the effects of parental imprisonment on children, the impact of infringements notices on disadvantaged populations, the over-representations of people with acquired brain injury in the criminal justice system and penal institutions, and the history, policy and practice of imprisonment in Anglophone and Nordic countries. In short, her research focuses on the effects of various measures of punishment, and of policy and legislation on populations deemed as ‘different’.

In 2012, Dr Anna Eriksson was awarded a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award from the Australia Research Council for a comparative project on prison policy and practice in Australia and Norway. The project involves variables both inside and outside the prison walls, adding nuanced and in-depth empirical evidence to the ‘Nordic Exceptionalism and Anglophone Excess’ project she undertook together with Professor John Pratt, published with Routledge in 2013. She is a strong advocate of the benefits of cross-disciplinary, comparative, and international research, mirrored in her own research engagements as well as the establishment of the Imprisonment Observatory.

Dr. David A. Green

David A. Green is Associate Professor and Deputy Department Chair at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. His main research interests involve the interrelationship between crime, media, public opinion, punishment, and politics, often in a comparative perspective. His first book, When Children Kill Children: Penal Populism and Political Culture, was published by Oxford University Press in 2008 in its Clarendon Studies in Criminology series. His scholarship has been recognized in winning the 2009 British Society of Criminology Book Prize for When Children Kill Children and the 2007 European Society of Criminology’s Young Criminologist Award for his first published article. He was selected as a Straus Fellow at New York University Law School’s Straus Institute for the Advanced Study of Law & Justice for the 2010-11 academic year. There he began his ongoing work describing and explaining ongoing changes in the penal climate in the United States. Related projects include an examination of the bipartisan evolution and significance of the Second Chance Act of 2007, as well as interdisciplinary approaches to understanding public and state punitiveness.

Professor Mark Halsey

Mark Halsey is a Professor of Criminal Justice and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow (Generation Through Prison project) at the Flinders University Law School. His areas of research interest include youth offending, repeat incarceration and desistance from crime and he has received three successive Australian Research Council grants enabling study of these and related issues. Mark has undertaken consultancies for state and local government in areas ranging across graffiti vandalism, restorative and therapeutic justice, mentoring and serious repeat youth offending. He serves on the editorial boards of the International Series on Desistance and Rehabilitation (Routledge) and the International Journal for Crime and Justice. Mark also served on the Social Inclusion Board, Department of Premier and Cabinet, South Australian Government.

Dr Ines Hasselberg

Ines Hasselberg is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the University of Oxford Centre for Criminology (2013-2016). She is responsible for leading the project “The Postcolonial Prison: Citizenship, Punishment and Mobility“, which is part of a broader research endeavour entitled “Subjectivity, Identity and Penal Power: Incarceration in a Global Age”, led by ProfMary Bosworth, and funded by the European Research Council. Ines completed her PhD in Anthropology at the University of Sussex (2013), in which she examined experiences of deportation and deportability of foreign-national offenders in the UK.

Berit Johnsen

Berit has a multidisciplinary approach to studies of punishment and the execution of punishment in prison and society (probation). She is involved in projects that includes different disciplines, such as sociology of law, law, prison sociology and profession and professionalization, and sport studies.

Professor Stuart Kinner

Professor Stuart Kinner is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow and leads a program of research focussed on the health of marginalised and justice-involved populations. He is experienced in longitudinal studies, data linkage, randomised controlled trials, meta-analysis and systematic review. Professor Kinner co-convenes the Justice Health Special Interest Group in the Public Health Association of Australia, sits on the Board of Directors and Co-Chairs the Research Committee in the NIDA-sponsored Academic Consortium on Criminal Justice Health, and since 2005 has served on Australia’s National Prisoner Health Information Committee, guiding the evolution of a world-first surveillance system for prisoner and ex-prisoner health.

Dr Amy Ludlow

Amy Ludlow is a College Lecturer at Gonville Caius College and an Affiliated Lecturer at the Faculty of Law at the University of Cambridge. She is also a supervisor for the M.St. in Applied Criminology, Penology and Management. Her research interests include labour law, industrial relations, public procurement, prisons, public sector reform and privatisation, EU law and empirical / socio-legal methodology.

Professor John Pratt

John Pratt is a Professor of Criminology at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He is also the Director of the Institute of Criminology at the University. His research interests are in the areas of the sociology and history of punishment, and criminological and social theory. Professor Pratt has published extensively in these areas, including Punishment in a Perfect Society (1993), Governing the Dangerous (1998), Dangerous Offenders: Punishment and Social Order (with Mark Brown, 2000), Punishment and Civilization (2002).

Professor Pratt has been the recipient of a number of prestigious international awards and fellowships for his research including the 2015 Marsden Fund grant awarded by the Royal Society of New Zealand supporting excellence in science, engineering, maths, social sciences and the humanities and the 2013 Mason Durie Medal also awarded by the Royal Society of New Zealand for advancing the frontiers of social science. The award acknowledges outstanding contributions to the social sciences that, while originating in a New Zealand environment, have had an international impact. In 2012 the Academy of the Royal Society of New Zealand elected Professor Pratt to the Fellowship of the Royal Society of New Zealand in recognition of his international acclaim for research concentrating on the study of why penal policies change in modern societies and why the punishment of offenders takes particular forms at different times.

Peter Scharff Smith

Peter Scharff Smith is a senior researcher at the Danish Institute of Human Rights. His research interests include prisons and human rights, solitary confinement, children of prisoners and torture prevention. He holds membership to a number of prison related organisations in Denmark and Scandinavia including, founding member of the research network Scandinavian Studies of Confinement, “Børneforum” (“Childrens forum”), an expert advisory group within the Danish Prison Service, the steering committee for the The Scandinavian Solitary Confinement Network , and the steering committee for the project “Dads behind bars” in Vestre Prison in Copenhagen.

Dr Marie Segrave

Dr Marie Segrave is a researcher at Monash University, Australia, and the co-founder of the Imprisonment Observatory.

Marie’s work focuses primarily on labour, migration, and exploitation. However she has also undertaken important work in the area of women and imprisonment, with a focus on post-release survival. Her work in this area includes the edited collection, Women exiting prison: critical essays on gender, post-release support and survival (2013) with Dr Bree Carlton (Routledge), and publications in Punishment and Society, the British Journal of Criminology and the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology. With Anna Eriksson and Claire Spivakovsky, she is leading the development of research examining the intersection of mental illness, cognitive impairment and intellectual disability with punishment and imprisonment, and co-editing a forthcoming (February, 2017) Punishment and Society Special Edition on the topic.

Professor Jonathan Simon

Jonathan Simon is the Adrian A Kragen Professor of Law at Berkley Law Faculty, The University of California. Professor Simon’s scholarship concerns the role of criminal justice and punishment in modern societies, insurance and other contemporary practices of governing risk, the cultural lives of law, and the intellectual history of law and the social sciences. Simon is a faculty associate of the Berkeley Center for Criminal Justice and a member of the Law & Society Association where he has served on the Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee. He is also a member of the American Society of Criminology and the American Sociological Association and is currently an editorial board member of Punishment & Society.

Dr Claire Spivakovsky

Claire Spivakovsky’s research expertise extends across the broad fields of punishment, imprisonment, detention and social control, with particular specialty in relation to marginalised and ‘different’ populations. Accordingly, all of Claire’s research, be it an investigation of culturally responsive approaches to punishment and imprisonment, or an analysis of people with cognitive impairments’ civil detention, advances criminology’s understanding of the interconnected ways that civil and criminal justice institutions are used to contain and control ‘difference’ in society.

Claire has a particular interest in exploring how experiences of ‘difference’ and punishment are mutually constructed. In particular, she considers how histories of difference and localised notions of being ‘different’ – for example being racialised or living with a disability – are fundamental to the formation and orientation of penal and criminal justice systems, and how penal and criminal justice tools, technologies and logics propagate specific notions of being ‘different’ for individuals to embody.

Claire’s postgraduate supervision interests:

  • mapping the shadow carceral state – tracing legally-hybrid practices which borrow and blend elements of civil and administrative law but which have criminal justice consequences.
  • exploring how specialist mental health and drug courts manage the complex nexus between offending behaviour, alcohol or other drug dependance, cognitive impairment and/or mental illness especially in relation to diverting people with multiple and complex needs away from prisons.

Dr Hilde Tubex

Dr Hilde Tubex is a Future Fellow at the University of Western Australia. Her research interests are mainly in comparative criminology and penology. In a series of research projects she has worked on such topics as long-term imprisonment, parole, violence in prisons, sex offenders, the organization and evaluation of welfare and treatment services for prisoners, the size and composition of prison populations, penal policy, female offenders and Indigenous over-representation in the criminal justice system.

In August 2011, Dr Hilde Tubex was awarded a Future Fellowship from the Australian Research Council for the project “Reducing imprisonment rates in Australia: International experiences, marginal populations and a focus on the over-representation of Indigenous people.” In this project she investigates the differences in imprisonment rates between Australian jurisdictions and tests the validity of internationally developed explanatory models for the Australian situation.

Dr Sarah Turnbull

Sarah Turnbull is a Lecturer in Criminology at the School of Law, Birkbeck, University of London. Her current research examines immigration detention and deportation in the United Kingdom, with specific focus on the experiences of confinement and removal in relation to affective issues of home, belonging, and identity in contemporary Britain. She is the author of Parole in Canada: Gender and Diversity in the Federal System (UBC Press, 2016), and has published articles in Punishment & Society, British Journal of Criminology, Time & Society, and Canadian Journal of Law & Society.

Associate Professor Thomas Ugelvik

Thomas Ugelvik is Associate Professor of criminology at the University of Oslo. His research interests include the everyday life in prison, prison masculinity, Scandinavian prison exceptionalism and foreign nationals in prison and immigration detention. He has long-term fieldwork experience from several Norwegian prisons and prison-like institutions. He is one of the series editors of the Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology book series (together with Ben Crewe and Yvonne Jewkes) and the author of Power and Resistance in Prison: Doing Time, Doing Freedom (Palgrave, 2014). He is currently planning a large-scale research project on prison release, reintegration and desistance processes in Norway.

Dr Marion Vannier

Dr Marion Vannier is a lecturer in criminology and criminal justice at the University of Manchester. She completed her doctoral dissertation at the University of Oxford and is now working on her book proposal. Her dissertation explored the ties between death penalty abolitionism and the normalization of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, using California as a case study. Marion is currently doing research on life imprisonment and the notion of ‘foreigness’. Her main research interests include prison and life imprisonment; gender, race, and punishment; immigration detention; and the comparative use of punishment.