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2016 and forthcoming

Armstrong, R. and Durnescu, I. (eds) (forthcoming, 2016) Curtailed freedom: International perspectives of life on parole, London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Armstrong, R. and Ludlow, A. (2016) 'Educational Partnerships Between Universities and Prisons: How Learning Together can be Individually, Socially and Institutionally Transformative' Prison Service Journal 225, 9-17.

Halsey, M., Armstrong, R. and Wright, S. (2016) '"F*ck it": Matza and the Mood of Fatalism in the Desistance Process', British Journal of Criminology.

Armstrong, R. and Maruna, S. (forthcoming, 2016) ‘Examining imprisonment through a social justice lens’ in What is justice: reimagining penal policy, Eds. Steven Farrall, Barry Goldson, Ian Loader and Anita Dockley, London: Routledge.

Crewe, B., Hulley, S. and Wright, S. (2016). Swimming with the tide: Adapting to long-term imprisonment. Justice Quarterly. Advanced online publication, doi:10.1080/07418825.2016.1190394.

Crewe, B., Hulley, S. and Wright, S. (2016, in progress). ‘The gendered problems of long-term life imprisonment’.

Crewe, B. and Liebling, A. (forthcoming) ‘Quality, professionalism, and the distribution of power in public and private sector prisons’, in Hucklesby, A. and Lister, S. (eds) The Private Sector and Criminal Justice.

Crewe, B. and Laws, B. (in press) ‘Subcultural adaptations to imprisonment’, in J. Wooldredge and P. Smith (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Prisons and Imprisonment. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Hulley, S., Crewe, B. and Wright, S. (2015). Re-examining the problems of long-term imprisonment. British Journal of Criminology, 56 (4): 769-792.

Jewkes, Y., Bennett, J. and Crewe, B. (eds.) (2016) The Handbook on Prisons (second edition). London: Routledge.

Liebling, A. and Ludlow, A. (2016) ‘Suicide, distress and the quality of prison life’,  in Y. Jewkes, B. Crewe and J. Bennett (eds.) Handbook on Prisons (second edition). New York: Routledge.

Liebling, A. and Costa, J. (in press) ‘Being human as a method and research finding in social science’ in Coffman, D. (eds) Festschrift for Jonathan Steinberg, Palgrave Macmillan

Liebling, A. (2016) ‘The Dalai Lama, prisons, and prison research: A call for trust, a ‘proper sense of fear’, dialogue, curiosity and love’, Prison Service Journal 225, 58-63.

Liebling, A. (2016) ‘High Security prisons in England and Wales: Principles and practice’, in Y. Jewkes, B. Crewe and J. Bennett (eds.) Handbook on Prisons (second edition). New York: Routledge.

Grace, S., Page, G., Lloyd, C., Templeton, L., Kougali, Z., McKeganey, N., Liebling, A., Roberts, P. and Russell, C. (2016) ‘Establishing a ‘Corstonian’ continuous care pathway for drug using female prisoners: linking Drug Recovery Wings and Women’s Community Services’, Criminology and Criminal Justice: 1-20.

Page, G., Templeton, L., Grace, S., Roberts, P., McKeganey, N., Russell, C., Liebling, A., Kougiali, Z. and Lloyd, C. (2016) ‘Conspicuous by their abstinence: The limited engagement of heroin users in English and Welsh Drug Recovery Wings’, International Journal of Drug Policy, 1-8.

Jewkes, Y. and Wright, S. (2016) ‘Researching the prison’. In Y. Jewkes, B. Crewe and J. Bennett (eds.) Handbook on Prisons (second edition). New York: Routledge.

Wright, S., Crewe, B. and Hulley, S. (2016). 'Suppression, denial, sublimation: Adapting to the early phase of very long life sentences'.Theoretical Criminology [online first, 27th April 2016, doi:10.1177/1362480616643581]


Auty, K.Cope, A., Liebling, A. (2015) A Systematic review and meta-analysis of yoga and mindfulness meditation in prison. Effects on psychological well-being and behavioural functioning. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology.

Auty, K. M., Farrington, D. P., & Coid, J. W. (2015). The validity of self-reported convictions in a community sample: Findings from the Cambridge Study in Delinquent Development. European Journal of Criminology.

Auty, K. M., Farrington, D. P., & Coid, J. W. (2015). Intergenerational transmission of psychopathy and mediation via psychosocial risk factors. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 206(1), 26-31

Bramwell, R. (2015) UK Hip-Hop, Grime and the City: The Aesthetics and Ethics of London's Rap Scenes. New York and London: Routledge.

Bramwell, R. (2015) ‘Freedom within bars: Maximum security prisoners’ negotiations of identity through rap’ Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power.

Bramwell, R. (2015) ‘Council Estate of Mind: The British Rap Tradition and London’s UK Hip-Hop Scene’ in Williams, J. A. (ed) The Cambridge Companion to Hip-Hop. Cambridge University Press, 2015, pp. 256-262.

Crewe, B. (2015) 'Inside the belly of the beast: understanding and conceptualising the experience of imprisonment', in Tubex, H.and Eriksson, A. (eds) The International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy 4(1), 50-65

Crewe, B. and Liebling, A. (2015) ‘Governing Governors’, Prison Service Journal n.222, November 2015: 3-10.

Crewe, B. and Liebling, A. (2015) ‘Staff culture, authority and prison violence’, Prison Service Journal n.221, September 2015: 9-14.

Crewe, B., Liebling, A., Padfield, N. and Virgo, G. (2015) ‘Joint Enterprise: the implications of an unfair and unclear law’, Criminal Law Review Issue 4, 252-269

Crewe, B. and Ievins, A. (2015) ‘Closeness, distance and honesty in prison ethnography’, in D.H. Drake, R. Earle and J. Sloan (eds.) The Palgrave Handbook of Prison Ethnography, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (pp. 124-142).

Hulley, S., Crewe, B. and Wright, S. (2015). Re-examining the problems of long-term imprisonment. British Journal of Criminology (advance access published 5 August, 2015. doi:10.1093/bjc/azv077)

Liebling, A. (2015) ‘Appreciative inquiry, generative theory, and the ‘failed state’ prison’, in J. Miller and W. Palacios, (eds) Qualitative Research in Criminology. Advances in Criminological Theory. Transaction Publishers: New Brunswick. Vol 20, pp 251-69.

Liebling, A., Arnold, H., and Straub, C. (2015) ‘Prisons Research Beyond the Conventional: Dialogue, ‘Creating Miracles’ and Staying Sane in a maximum security prison’, Drake, D., Earle, R., & Sloan, J. (eds) International Handbook of Prison Ethnography, Palgrave McMillan.

Ludlow, A. (2015) Privatising public prisons: Labour law and the public procurement process Oxford: Hart.

Ludlow, A. and Blackham, A. (2015) New frontiers in empirical labour law research Oxford: Hart.

Liebling, A. (2015) ‘A new ‘ecology of cruelty’? The changing shape of maximum security custody in England and Wales’ in Keramet, R. and Koenig, A. Extraordinary Punishment: An Empirical Look at Administrative Black Holes in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. Palgrave MacMillan. (pp. 91-113)

Liebling, A. (2015) ‘Description at the edge? I‐It / I‐Thou Relations and Action in Prisons Research’, International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy 4 (1) 18:32.

Sloan, J. and Wright, S. (2015). ‘Going in green’: Reflections on the challenges of ‘getting in, getting on, and getting out’ for doctoral prisons researchers. In D. Drake, R. Earle and J. Sloan[Eds.] The Palgrave Handbook of Prison Ethnography, (pp.143-163). Houndmills: Palgrave MacMillan.

Gelsthorpe, L. and Wright, S. (2015). The context: Women as law-breakers. In J. Annison, J. Brayford and J. Deering [Eds]. Women and the criminal justice: From the Corston Report to Transforming Rehabilitation. Bristol: Policy Press.


Armstrong, R. (2014) ‘Transforming rehabilitation: Can faith-communities help to reduce reoffending?’ in Prison Service Journal, no. 216: 3-12.

Armstrong, R., Crewe, B. and Gelsthorpe, L. (2014). ‘From paper ethics to real world research: supervising risk in research with the ‘risky’’, in Reflexivity in criminological research: Experiences with the powerful and the powerless, Karen Lumsden and Aaron Winter (Eds), London: Palgrave, pp. 207-219.

Armstrong, R. (2014). ‘Trusting imperfection: The theology, practice and implications of faith-based volunteers’ work with ex-prisoners’, Studies in Christian Ethics, 27(3): 258-69.

Crewe, B., Liebling, A., and Hulley, S. (2014) 'Staff-prisoner relationships, staff professionalism and the use of authority in public and private sector prisons', Law and Social Inquiry, 40(2), 309-344.

Crewe, B., Liebling, A. and Hulley, S. (2014) 'Heavy-light, absent-present: Re-thinking the ‘weight’ of imprisonment', British Journal of Sociology 65 (3), p387-410.

Williams, R. J. and Ruparell T. (2014) On being in the middle: Interreligious dialogue and network centrality. Journal of Contemporary Religion. 29(3). 1-19.

Williams, R. J. and Watts, F. N. (2014) Attributions in a spiritual healing context: An archival analysis of a 1920s healing movement. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. 53(1): 90-108.