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Current Vacancies

There are no vacancies at the moment. Occasional positions may open up within the Institute of Criminology

Ph.D Students

If you are interested in pursuing a Ph.D in Criminology, click here to find out more about current and past research projects, and how to apply.

Visiting Scholars

Where possible we consider applications from visiting scholars who wish to conduct research with the Prisons Research Centre. Informal enquiries should be made in the first instance to Professor Alison Liebling or Dr Ben Crewe. 

Prisons Research at Cambridge University

The Cambridge Institute of Criminology Prisons Research Centre aims to provide a stimulating research environment in which a coherent strategy of high quality research can be pursued, and integration between funded and non-funded, and applied and theoretical projects can be facilitated. We investigate how prisons operate, socially, morally and operationally, how they are experienced, and the relationship between these moral and social qualities, and their effects.

Members of the PRC team carry out, individually and collectively, methodologically rigorous and theoretically relevant field-based studies addressing problems of human and social values, punishment practices, and the organisation and effects of aspects of prison life. We strive to forge links with other prisons researchers, scholars in the broader fields of criminology and sociology, and with practitioners. Our vision is to develop a rigorous and person-centred model of social inquiry.