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Read more at: Dr Bethany Schmidt awarded a Cambridge University Public Engagement Starter Fund

Dr Bethany Schmidt awarded a Cambridge University Public Engagement Starter Fund

23 November 2021

Bethany Schmidt has been awarded a Cambridge University Public Engagement Starter Fund. Bethany, in collaboration with Healthier Democracies , will facilitate three workshops with prisoners to reflect on and document the democratic innovations they have developed whilst incarcerated. Mixed media creative expressions around...


Read more at: Dr Susie Hulley talks at a CLiNKS event on 'Working with Life Prisoners: What the evidence tells us'

Dr Susie Hulley talks at a CLiNKS event on 'Working with Life Prisoners: What the evidence tells us'

10 November 2021

Dr Susie Hulley and Dr Serena Wright (Royal Holloway) had participated in the first CLiNKS event series : 'Working with Life Prisoners: What the evidence tells us' , where they discussed their research on men and women serving life sentences in prison from an early age. You can watch a recording of this event here: https...


Read more at: Professor Ben Crewe and Dr Susie Hulley participate in the 'The Secret Life of Prisons' podcast series

Professor Ben Crewe and Dr Susie Hulley participate in the 'The Secret Life of Prisons' podcast series

10 November 2021

Professor Ben Crewe , and Dr Susie Hulley have both recently participated in the Prison Radio Association 's podcast series: ' The Secret Life of Prisons '. The Secret Life of Lifers: Part 1: What is it like to receive a life sentence ? (1 November 2021) In this podcast the hosts we're joined by two people who have had...


Read more at: Professor Ben Crewe interviewed for BBC Radio 4 programme Thinking Allowed

Professor Ben Crewe interviewed for BBC Radio 4 programme Thinking Allowed

20 April 2021

Professor Ben Crewe has been interviewed for the BBC Radio 4 programme Thinking Allowed about the book he co-wrote with Dr Susie Hulley and Dr Serena Wright, on life imprisonment from young adulthood. The programme will be broadcast on Wednesday 21 April at 4.00pm, and after that will be available to listen to on BBC...


Read more at: Virtual Book Launch: Sensory Penalities: Exploring the Senses in Spaces of Punishment and Social Control (Friday 12 February)
Virtual Book Launch: Sensory Penalities: Exploring the Senses in Spaces of Punishment and Social Control (Friday 12 February)

Virtual Book Launch: Sensory Penalities: Exploring the Senses in Spaces of Punishment and Social Control (Friday 12 February)

8 February 2021

Friday 12 February, 7.00pm - 8.00pm (GMT) This virtual book launch is being held to celebrate the publication (on Monday 8 February) of the new book: Sensory Penalities: Exploring the Senses in Spaces of Punishment and Social Control , edited by Kate Herrity, Bethany E. Schmidt , and Jason Warr. This is a free ticketed...


Read more at: Ben Crewe, Alice Ievins and Alison Liebling give papers at the inaugural conference of the Centre for Criminological Research, University of Alberta

Ben Crewe, Alice Ievins and Alison Liebling give papers at the inaugural conference of the Centre for Criminological Research, University of Alberta

17 December 2020

In November, Ben Crewe and Alice Ievins, and Alison Liebling, gave papers at the inaugural conference of the Centre for Criminological Research at the University of Alberta (Twitter @CCR_UofA) , titled: ' Tightness, misrecognition and penal power ' and ' Does trust matter in prisons ?', respectively. Video recordings of...


Read more at: Justice Focus - A podcast featuring Professor Ben Crewe

Justice Focus - A podcast featuring Professor Ben Crewe

11 December 2020

Understanding Life Imprisonment


Read more at: New Book: Sensory Penalities: Exploring the Senses in Spaces of Punishment and Social Control
New Book: Sensory Penalities: Exploring the Senses in Spaces of Punishment and Social Control

New Book: Sensory Penalities: Exploring the Senses in Spaces of Punishment and Social Control

27 November 2020

Dr Bethany Schmidt , with Dr Kate Herrity and Dr Jason Warr, have co-edited: Sensory Penalties: Exploring the Senses in Spaces of Punishment and Social Control (Emerald Publishing), which is due to be published in February 2021. The book is available to buy here: https://books.emeraldinsight.com/page/detail/Sensory-...


Read more at: Ben Crewe interviewed for the Growth Uncut podcast

Ben Crewe interviewed for the Growth Uncut podcast

27 November 2020

Professor Ben Crewe has been interviewed for the Growth Uncut podcast: ' Humanity, Pain and Growth'. In this interview he discusses his views on growth within the context of his research around life sentences, and discusses the themes of power, pain and relationships and their association with growth and personal...


Read more at: ‘Ben Crewe, Susie Hulley and Serena Wright’s book: Life Imprisonment from Young Adulthood - online book launch

‘Ben Crewe, Susie Hulley and Serena Wright’s book: Life Imprisonment from Young Adulthood - online book launch

27 November 2020

Professor Ben Crewe , Dr Susie Hulley and Dr Serena Wright’s book: ‘ Life Imprisonment from Young Adulthood ’ was published in January 2020. It is available to buy here: https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9781137566003 A recording of their online launch event can be found here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKR1ySvmDFM&...


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.