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Prisons Research Centre



Julie joined the PRC as a Research Associate in the ERC-funded research project Penal policymaking and the prisoner experience: a comparative analysis in June 2016. She conducts fieldwork and interviews in Norwegian and English prisons while studying penal policymaking and the penal field, the experiences of mainstream, female prisoners, imprisoned sex offenders, and prisoners in the most secure parts of each jurisdiction's prison system.


Key publications: 
  • Laursen, J (2016) Humour and the Limits of Soft Power in Prison. British Journal of Criminology, DOI: 10.1093/bjc/azw064.
  • Prieur, A, Jensen, SQ, Laursen, J & Pedersen, O (2016) "'Social Skills': Following a travelling concept from American academic discourse to contemporary Danish welfare institutions“. Minerva, DOI: 10.1007/s11024-016-9307-8.
  • Laursen, J & Laws, B (2016) ‘Honour and Respect in Danish Prisons – Contesting “Cognitive Distortions” in Cognitive-Behavioural Programmes’ Punishment & Society. DOI: 10.1177/1462474516649175.
  • Laursen, J (2015) "Man begynder jo ikke at smadre en købmand": Perspektiver på vold i vredeskontrolprogrammet "Anger Management" [“You Wouldn´t Beat up the Grocery Guy!” Perspectives on violence in the prison-based cognitive behavioural program “Anger Management”] In: Tidsskriftet Antropologi. 71, 69-91.
Research Associate
Dr Julie  Laursen
Not available for consultancy