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Ailie Rennie

Biography:

Ailie completed her BA in Criminal Justice and Criminology in 2019 at the University of Leeds, before moving to Cambridge to start the MPhil in Criminological Research.

She is a first year doctoral candidate, and is supervised by Professor Ben Crewe, with Dr Susie Hulley as a secondary supervisor.

Research Interests

Ailie’s ESRC-funded PhD project concerns the existential issues facing life-sentence prisoners. Ailie is particularly interested in the issues they face as they prepare for release from open prisons and upon re-entering their community. Building on her MPhil dissertation, Ailie’s doctoral work will employ a short-longitudinal design that includes semi-structured interviews with around 30 male and female life-sentenced prisoners approaching release in English prisons (T1) and two months post-release (T2).

Her study looks to explore existential issues such as the search for meaning and identity; the self and the other; feelings and emotions; shame; stigma and the impact of a life licence in relation to expectations and realities of release. In particular, the study will consider whether these aspects are consistent with regards to a) male and female lifers; and b) before and after release.

In her spare time, Ailie volunteers with the New Bridge Foundation and has recently moved to establish a support group here in Cambridge. For more information on how to get involved, please contact her (ar2029@cam.ac.uk).