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Daniel Packham

Daniel Packham

Ph.D Student

'The experience of imprisonment amongst serving and former military service personnel'


Daniel joined the Institute of Criminology in 2012 after serving in the Military and in the Police. He joined the Territorial Army at the age of 17 whilst studying for his A-Levels; the following year he was mobilised for operational service after the events of September 11th 2001. With his progression to university postponed, he was first deployed to Afghanistan in 2002 and then subsequently to Iraq in 2003, serving a full tour in each conflict as a front-line infantry soldier.

On demobilisation in 2004, Daniel was employed as civilian staff by Greater Manchester Police, before joining Cheshire Police as a Police Constable. In 2009, whilst working full-time as a Police Constable, he began his undergraduate degree in Social Policy part-time through the Open University. After completing his B.Sc (Hons) in 2012, Daniel left Cheshire Police and began his M.Phil in Criminological Research at the University of Cambridge, which he completed in 2013.

Daniel is now conducting his PhD part-time under the supervision of Dr. Ben Crewe, whilst working full-time as a Social Research Officer for a central government department in Westminster. His doctoral research is concerned with exploring the experiences of former military service personnel in prison in England and Wales. He is particularly interested in the similarities between the military and the prison, highlighted in Goffman's (1961) analysis of the 'Total Institution', and in how military experience might impact upon the experience of imprisonment.

Research Interests

  • Penal, social and criminal justice policy
  • Military sociology, particularly military identity and culture
  • Military veterans in the Criminal Justice System

Key Publications

  • Lyne, C. and Packham, D. (2014). The Needs of Ex-Service Personnel in the Criminal Justice System: A Rapid Evidence Assessment, London: Ministry of Justice.

Book Reviews

  • Packham, D. (2014), Soldier, Sailor, Beggarman, Thief: Crime and the British Armed Services since 1914 by C. Emsley. Oxford: Oxford University Press (2013) 216pp. £60.00hb ISBN 978-0-19-965371-3 .The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 53: 217-218.

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.