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Prisons Research Centre


PRC Annual Research Meeting

The 2015 Annual Research meeting is to be held in Seminar rooms B3&B4 at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 9DA




10.15 - 10.30


10.30 - 11.00

Achievements and activities: making a case for person-centred social science, Alison Liebling 

11.00 - 12.30

Trust, risk, faith and political charge in high security prisons, Alison Liebling 

12.30 - 1.15

Lunch and posters 

1.15 - 2.45

Revisiting the problems of long-term imprisonment, Ben Crewe

2.45 - 3.45

Learning from MQPL +: prisons in transition and the redistribution of power, Bethany Schmidt 

3.45 - 4.00


4.00 - 5.15

Discussion: the state and nature of prisons research. Invited contributions from Professor Sir Anthony Bottoms, Professor Yvonne Jewkes, Professor Dirk Van Zyl Smit, and Professor Roy King. 

5.30 - 6.30

Business meeting (Steering group only) 


Followed by a drinks reception and dinner at Trinity Hall

Trinity Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1TJ
19.00 onwards


Friday 2 October

Current prisons research, its role and impact


10.30 - 12.30

Panel: The relationship between research, reform, advocacy and activism.

 -          Challenging Assumptions: law, criminology and the university, Professor Noel Whitty

-          Research and Reform – The best and the worst of two worlds, Professor Sonja Snacken

-          Research and reform – re-connecting prison and society in the 21st century, Dr Peter Scharff Smith

-          Working with but not for – on ambivalent engagements between local NGOs and prison authorities in the South, Dr Andrew Jefferson

12.30 - 1.15


1.15 - 2.45

Current research and its relationship to practice, I 


-          Keeping it impersonal: Developing perspectives through philosophical dialogue with prisoners, Kirstine Szifris

-          Democratizing prisons: An ethnographic exploration of politics, resistance, and civility behind bars, Bethany Schmidt

-          Learning together, Ruth Armstrong and Amy Ludlow

-          Exploring the relationship between MQPL and recidivism, Katherine Auty

2.45 - 3.00 


3.00 - 4.15

Current research and its relationship to practice, II


-          Academic research in a politicized time? Working on immigration detention, Mary Bosworth

-          Prison officers: Space and place, Borah Kant

-          A DCC Perspective, Alan Scott

 4.15 - 4.20

Thanks and closure

Thursday, 1 October, 2015 - 10:00 to Friday, 2 October, 2015 - 16:15