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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 Professor Ben Crewe.

Information on the Institute of Criminology's visitor application process is available on the Institute of Criminology Visitors webpage.

Dr Kate Herrity was awarded her doctorate in Criminology in 2019 from the University of Leicester, for her PhD: ‘Rhythms and routines: sounding order in a local men’s prison using aural ethnography’. She was elected to the Mellon-King’s Junior Research Fellowship in Punishment (2020-24) in order to pursue her current research project – which extends ideas introduced in her thesis – exploring the relationship between sound and social emotion amongst different prison populations.

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Dr Kristian Mjåland joined the Prisons Research Centre in 2016, as a Senior Research Associate on the COMPEN project. He is now employed as an Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Agder, Norway, and is a Visiting scholar at the PRC. Kristian’s research interests include comparative penology, prison social life, offender rehabilitation, and drug use and drug economy in and beyond prisons.

While working on the COMPEN project, Kristian was mainly engaged in fieldwork within Norwegian prisons and interviews with key penal policymakers in Norway. Together with colleagues, he is currently writing up several articles, on topics such as ‘deep end confinement’, open prisons, egalitarian cultures within Norwegian prisons, and prison officer
perceptions of men convicted of sex offences.

Kristian has organised and hosted several public conversations in Kristiansand, Norway, through his role in a ‘public social science’ initiative at the University of Agder, Norway, on topics such as Climate change (November 2019), Drug reform (February 2020) and Artificial intelligence (June 2020). He also produced two podcasts for the same initiative during the lockdown.

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Professor Frank Neubacher is Director of the Institute of Criminology of the University of Cologne. Having earned degrees in law and political sciences, he gained working experiences at the Universities of Bonn and Cologne as well as at the UN Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Division in Vienna. His research combined topics related to politics and crime. While his dissertation examined the xenophobic arson attacks in Germany throughout the 1990s, his ‘habilitation’ dealt with the criminological foundations of an international criminal jurisdiction. After holding positions in Dresden and Jena, he moved back to Cologne where his focus shifted to prison issues and he conducted three research projects on prison violence, funded by the German Research Foundation. His research interests cover prison climate research, the criminology of international crimes, organised crime, and crime in developing countries. In recent years, he has been teaching in Georgia and Kenya and in 2014-15 served as President of the Kriminologische Gesellschaft, the Scientific Association of German, Austrian and Swiss Criminologists. He is the author of the textbook Kriminologie (fourth edition 2020).

Frank is visiting the Institute from 1 October to 15 December 2020, and will be a Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall. He intends to write a paper on prison climate research, finalise a research proposal, and jointly prepare another paper on crime in developing countries with his wife Ulrike.

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