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

last modified Dec 17, 2020 11:00 AM

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 their panel presentations can be found here:

Ben Crewe and Alice Ievins
Alison Liebling



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.