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Martha Morey

Martha Morey

Ph.D Student


Martha is in the her first year of her PhD which is looking at the construction of prisoner masculinities in terms of work experiences. As increasing emphasis is placed on working and training prisons, how men actually experience this, in terms of their work histories and future employment, has been relatively under-researched. Broader contemporary changes to labour markets, as well as the changing role of work in men's lives, also make this research particularly pertinent.

Previously, Martha completed her MPhil in Criminological Research (distinction) at the Institute as well as her undergraduate degree in Politics, Psychology and Sociology (first class) at Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge.

Prisons Research at Cambridge University

The Prisons Research Centre (PRC) was founded in 2000, under the Directorship of Professor Alison Liebling. The Centre has received funding from a wide range of sources, including the Prison Service/NOMS, the Nuffield Foundation, the Leverhulme Trust, the ESRC, KPMG, the Home Office and UKDS (now Kalyx).

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.

You can read more about the latest projects in our Annual Reports.