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Read more at: Prof Alison Liebling’s interview with BBC Radio 4 on trust in prison

Prof Alison Liebling’s interview with BBC Radio 4 on trust in prison

1 November 2016

Prof Alison Liebling talked about trust in prison on the programme ‘Analysis: Trusting Inmates’ aired on BBC Radio 4.


Read more at: Turkey's Center for Prison Studies visited Prisons Research Centre
Turkey's Center for Prison Studies visited Prisons Research Centre

Turkey's Center for Prison Studies visited Prisons Research Centre

15 June 2016

Turkey's Center for Prison Studies visited Prisons Research Centre on 25 May.


Read more at: Suicide Prevention Conference
Suicide Prevention Conference

Suicide Prevention Conference

2 June 2016

Dr Amy Ludlow hosted a suicide prevention conference in HMP Altcourse.


Read more at: Learning Together Conference
Learning Together Conference

Learning Together Conference

2 June 2016

On 12 and 13 May 2016, Amy Ludlow and Ruth Armstrong hosted a two day conference on Learning Together.


Read more at: Suppression, denial, sublimation: Defending against the initial pains of very long life sentences
Suppression, denial, sublimation: Defending against the initial pains of very long life sentences

Suppression, denial, sublimation: Defending against the initial pains of very long life sentences

28 April 2016

Dr Serena Wright, Dr Ben Crewe and Dr Susie Hulley's latest article for Theoretical Criminology


Read more at: Catherine Barnard and Amy Ludlow lead new ESRC research project on EU migrant workers in UK
Catherine Barnard and Amy Ludlow lead new ESRC research project on EU migrant workers in UK

Catherine Barnard and Amy Ludlow lead new ESRC research project on EU migrant workers in UK

4 February 2016

Professor Catherine Barnard has been awarded a prestigious ESRC Senior Fellowship as part of the UK in a Changing Europe project.


Read more at: Gender and the pains of long life imprisonment
Gender and the pains of long life imprisonment

Gender and the pains of long life imprisonment

4 February 2016

Dr Serena Wright, Dr Ben Crewe and Dr Susie Hulley's latest article for Prison Watch UK.


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.