Our people

Our staff

Dr Anna Eriksson

Dr Anna Eriksson is a Director and co-founder of the Imprisonment Observatory, and works as a Criminologist and Penologist at Monash University, Australia. In a series of research projects she has worked on topics ranging from the use of restorative justice in transitional societies, the effects of parental imprisonment on children, the impact of infringement notices on disadvantaged populations, the over-representations of people with acquired brain injury in the criminal justice system and penal institutions, and the history, policy and practice of imprisonment in Anglophone and Nordic countries. In short, her research focuses on the effects of various measures of punishment, and of policy and legislation on populations deemed as ‘different’.

In 2012, Dr Anna Eriksson was awarded a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award from the Australia Research Council for a comparative project on prison policy and practice in Australia and Norway. The project involves variables both inside and outside the prison walls, adding nuanced and in-depth empirical evidence to the ‘Nordic Exceptionalism and Anglophone Excess’ project she undertook together with Professor John Pratt, published with Routledge in 2013. She is a strong advocate of the benefits of cross-disciplinary, comparative and international research, mirrored in her own research engagements as well as the establishment of the Imprisonment Observatory.

Email: anna.eriksson@monash.edu

Rebecca Bunn

Rebecca Bunn is the Managing Director of the Imprisonment Observatory and is currently undertaking a PhD in Criminology at Monash University. She is also a Research Associate within the Faculty of Law, at Monash University. Rebecca has a background in public policy across both government and non-government sectors and her research interests include criminal justice policy, drug policy and multiple and complex needs. She holds a Master of Human Rights Law and a Master of Public Policy & Management.

Email: imprisonment.observatory@gmail.com

Our researchers

Dr Marie Segrave

Dr Marie Segrave is a researcher at Monash University, Australia, and a co-founder of the Imprisonment Observatory.

Marie’s work focuses primarily on labour, migration and exploitation. However she has also undertaken important work in the area of women and imprisonment, with a focus on post-release survival. Her work in this area includes the edited collection, Women exiting prison: critical essays on gender, post-release support and survival (2013) with Dr Bree Carlton (Routledge), and publications in Punishment and Society, the British Journal of Criminology and the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology. With Anna Eriksson and Claire Spivakovsky, she is leading the development of research examining the intersection of mental illness, cognitive impairment and intellectual disability with punishment and imprisonment, and co-editing a forthcoming (February, 2017) Special Edition of Punishment and Society on the topic.

Associate Professor Jane Andrew

Jane Andrew is an Associate Professor of Accounting in the Business School at the University of Sydney where she has been an academic since 2010. Her research has focused on the role accounting information plays in public policy, with a particular emphasis on the privatisation of prisons. Much of Jane’s work examines the quality of the accounting information that informs prison policy, and the reporting practices within private prisons themselves. Jane also serves on the editorial boards of two leading international accounting journals; as an Associate Editor of Abacus and Co-Editor in Chief for Critical Perspectives on Accounting, and is the Postgraduate Research Coordinator in the Discipline of Accounting, overseeing the research projects of a large number of students. A/Prof Andrew  is currently engaged in a large project exploring the impact prison privatisation has had on costs, accountability and performance within the sector. The Prison Privatisation Project is ongoing, and it involves the collection of qualitative information from people working within the sector to provide richer insights into both the intentions and the effects of privatisation. In addition, she is currently developing a database of publicly available information related to private prisons to assist other researchers and policy makers who are interested in the implications of privatisation on Australian prisons. Jane also recently received an international partnership collaboration research grant with Dr Max Baker (USYD), Professor Christine Cooper (UED) and Jonny Tweedie (UED) for a project that will compare the performance metrics and outcomes of two private prisons in Australia and Scotland.

Professor Eileen Baldry

Eileen Baldry is Deputy Vice Chancellor Inclusion and Diversity, UNSW. She holds a Chair in Criminology and has been an academic at UNSW since 1993. She taught in the social policy and criminology programs until 2016. Eileen’s research and publications focus on social justice and include prisons and post release; women and the criminal justice system; life course pathways for people with mental health and cognitive disability in criminal justice systems; education, training and employment for prisoners and ex-prisoners; homelessness and transition from prison; Indigenous justice and Indigenous social work; community development and social housing; and disability services. The parts played by social institutions and agencies in creating cumulative and compounding complex support needs for poor, racialized and vulnerable young people and adults propelling them into management by the police and the criminal justice system are focusses of her work currently. She has been and is a Chief investigator on fourteen Australian Research Council (ARC), NH&MRC, Housing and Criminology grants over the past 15 years.

Professor Mary Bosworth

Mary Bosworth is Professor of Criminology and Fellow of St Cross College at the University of Oxford and, concurrently, Professor of Criminology at Monash University, Australia. She is Assistant Director of the Centre for Criminology and Director of Border Criminologies, an interdisciplinary research group focusing on the intersections between criminal justice and border control. Prof. Bosworth conducts research into the ways in which prisons and immigration detention centres uphold notions of race, gender and citizenship and how those who are confined negotiate their daily lives. Her research is international and comparative and has included work conducted in Paris, Britain, the USA and Australia.  Prof. Bosworth is currently heading a five-year project on “Subjectivity, Identity and Penal Power: Incarceration in a Global Age” funded by a Starting Grant from the European Research Council as well as a Leverhulme International Network on External Border Control. Details of both of these projects can be found at the website http://bordercriminologies.law.ox.ac.uk. Mary is the UK Editor-in-Chief of Theoretical Criminology, a co-editor of Routledge Studies in Criminal Justice, Borders and Citizenship, and a member of the editorial boards of Race & Justice, the International Journal of Migration and Border Studies and Clarendon Studies in Criminology at Oxford University Press.

Dr Ben Crewe

Dr Ben Crewe is Reader in Penology and Deputy Director of the Prisons Research Centre at the Institute of Criminology, Cambridge University. He is currently directing a major study comparing penal policymaking and prisoner experiences in England & Wales and Norway. Previous research projects include a study of prisoners serving very long sentences from an early age , a comparison of values, practices and outcomes in public and private sector prisons, and a study of the everyday social world and culture of a medium-security prison.

Ben is on the editorial board of the British Journal of Criminology, Law and Social Inquiry, and the Prison Service Journal, and is an International Associate Board member of Punishment and Society. He is one of the series editors of Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology (with Yvonne Jewkes and Thomas Ugelvik) and has recently co-edited the second edition of the Handbook on Prisons (with Yvonne Jewkes and Jamie Bennett).

Ben would be interested in supervising PhD students in any of the following areas: prison social life and culture; prison staff and management; prison quality of life; comparative penology; long-term imprisonment; prison privatization; prisoner life histories; comparative penology.

Dr David A. Green

David A. Green is Associate Professor and Deputy Department Chair at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. His main research interests involve the interrelationship between crime, media, public opinion, punishment and politics, often in a comparative perspective. His first book, When Children Kill Children: Penal Populism and Political Culture, was published by Oxford University Press in 2008 in its Clarendon Studies in Criminology series. His scholarship has been recognised in winning the 2009 British Society of Criminology Book Prize for When Children Kill Children and the 2007 European Society of Criminology’s Young Criminologist Award for his first published article. He was selected as a Straus Fellow at New York University Law School’s Straus Institute for the Advanced Study of Law & Justice for the 2010-11 academic year. There he began his ongoing work describing and explaining ongoing changes in the penal climate in the United States. Related projects include an examination of the bipartisan evolution and significance of the Second Chance Act of 2007, as well as interdisciplinary approaches to understanding public and state punitiveness.

Professor Mark Halsey

Mark Halsey is a Professor of Criminal Justice and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow (Generation Through Prison project) at the Flinders University Law School. His areas of research interest include youth offending, repeat incarceration and desistance from crime and he has received three successive Australian Research Council grants enabling study of these and related issues. Mark has undertaken consultancies for state and local government in areas ranging across graffiti vandalism, restorative and therapeutic justice, mentoring and serious repeat youth offending. He serves on the editorial boards of the International Series on Desistance and Rehabilitation (Routledge) and the International Journal for Crime and Justice. Mark also served on the Social Inclusion Board, Department of Premier and Cabinet, South Australian Government.

Dr Ines Hasselberg

Ines Hasselberg is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Centre for Research in Anthropology (CRIA-UMinho), Portugal. Prior to this, she was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford (2013-17) where, alongside her research on citizenship, punishment and mobility she helped create, co-direct and co-edit the international research network Border Criminologies. Ines has conducted extensive research on deportation, punishment, prisons, family life and migrant surveillance. Her work is published in several international peer-reviewed journals and edited books. Her book Enduring Uncertainty. Deportation, Punishment and Everyday Life (Berghahn 2016) won the Prose Award 2017 (Anthropology) and  was shortlisted for the 2017 BSA/BBC Thinking Allowed Ethnography Award. Ines completed her PhD in Anthropology at the University of Sussex (2013). Before, she worked in Mozambique and South Africa as an independent consultant, where she was involved in research projects on human security and firearms related violence. She holds a BA in Anthropology (ISCTE, Lisbon, 2001), an MA in Anthropology of Development and Social Transformation (University of Sussex, 2003) and an MSc in Comparative and Cross-Cultural Research Methods (University of Sussex, 2008). Ines also acts as book review editor for Border Criminologies and convenor of the EASA Anthropology of Confinement Network.

Berit Johnsen

Berit has a multidisciplinary approach to studies of punishment and the execution of punishment in prison and society (probation). She is involved in projects that includes different disciplines, such as sociology of law, law, prison sociology and profession and professionalization, and sport studies.

Professor Stuart Kinner

Professor Stuart Kinner is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow and leads a program of research focussed on the health of marginalised and justice-involved populations. He is experienced in longitudinal studies, data linkage, randomised controlled trials, meta-analysis and systematic review. Professor Kinner co-convenes the Justice Health Special Interest Group in the Public Health Association of Australia, sits on the Board of Directors and Co-Chairs the Research Committee in the NIDA-sponsored Academic Consortium on Criminal Justice Health, and since 2005 has served on Australia’s National Prisoner Health Information Committee, guiding the evolution of a world-first surveillance system for prisoner and ex-prisoner health.

Dr Amy Ludlow

Amy Ludlow is a College Lecturer at Gonville Caius College and an Affiliated Lecturer at the Faculty of Law at the University of Cambridge. She is also a supervisor for the M.St. in Applied Criminology, Penology and Management. Her research interests include labour law, industrial relations, public procurement, prisons, public sector reform and privatisation, EU law and empirical / socio-legal methodology.

Professor John Pratt

John Pratt is a Professor of Criminology at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. His research interests are in the areas of comparative penology, the sociology and history of punishment, and criminological and social theory. Professor Pratt has published extensively in these areas, including Punishment and Civilization (2002), Penal Populism (2007), Contrasts in Punishment (2012, co-authored with Anna Eriksson) and The Prison Diary of A.C. Barrington (2016). His writings have been translated into 11 languages.

Professor Pratt has been the recipient of a number of prestigious international awards and fellowships for his research including the Royal Society of New Zealand James Cook Research Fellowship (2009-2012) and a Fellowship at the Straus Institute for Advanced Studies of Law and Justice (2010-11).  He has also received two Royal Society of new Zealand Marsden Fund Research Grants. He was elected to a Fellowship of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 2012 and in 2013 he was awarded the Society’s Mason Durie Medal for advancing the frontiers of social science. The award acknowledges outstanding contributions to the social sciences that, while originating in a New Zealand environment, have had an international impact. In 2009, he received the Radzinowicz Award from the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Criminology for this two part article ‘Scandinavian Exceptionalism’ published in the journal in 2008.

Professor Pratt’s current Marsden funded ($NZ580,000) study is titled Intolerable Risks: the search for security in an age of anxiety. In varying degrees and extents, the advanced liberal democracies of the US, the UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand have, from around 1980, attempted to control risk of crime, whether this be minor incivilities or the most serious transgressions of the criminal law. These controls, ranging from extended indefinite terms of penal confinement at the end of finite sentence for some sex offenders, to control and regulation of movement in public space for a diverse range of others thought to be at risk of crime, represent a new pattern of crime control. It seeks to prevent particular types of crime altogether rather than merely react to them.  The central purpose of this book is to explain how this transformation in criminal law and punishment has taken place.

Peter Scharff Smith

Peter Scharff Smith is a Professor at the University of Oslo. His research has primarily been within the fields of criminology, sociology of law and history. Throughout his career, Peter has undertaken research at the Danish Institute of Human Rights , the University of Copenhagen, Cambridge University, New York University, The Danish National Archive, Roskilde University, The Royal Danish Defense College and Oslo University. Peter has also worked as Research Director at The Danish Institute of Human Rights.

Peter’s recent research has focused on the four main themes: punishment and prisons; the human rights system; the criminal justice system and relatives of offenders; and war crimes and the Holocaust. Some of the focal areas within the first two fields of research have been the use and effects of solitary confinement in prisons, remand imprisonment, prisons and human rights, as well as torture prevention and monitoring places of detention. A focal area within the third field of research has been children of imprisoned parents – their situation, problems, and rights. Focal areas within the fourth field of research have been the Waffen-SS, perpetrators, techniques of ‘Othering’ and the Nazi war of extermination at the Eastern front.

Peter also has extensive experience working systematically and methodologically with a combination of research, project work, dialogue, partnerships, awareness raising and advocacy in an attempt to create concrete prison reforms in Scandinavia and internationally. He has, for example, worked with practical reform projects in Danish prisons, on the promotion of alternatives to solitary confinement practices internationally, and on the creation and promotion of soft-law prison standards in the international human rights community.

Professor Jonathan Simon

Jonathan Simon is the Adrian A Kragen Professor of Law at UC Berkeley School of Law, and faculty director of the Center for the Study of Law & Society. Jonathan joined the Berkeley Law faculty in 2003 and teaches criminal law and criminal procedure, an advanced criminal law seminar on mass incarceration, sociology of law and several classes in the undergraduate legal studies program (foundations of legal studies; prisons; punishment, culture and society). Jonathan’s scholarship concerns the role of risk and crime  in governing contemporary societies.  His books include two award winning monographs Poor Discipline: Parole and the Social Control of the Underclass (University of Chicago, 1993, winner of the American Sociological Association’s sociology of law book prize, 1994), and Governing through Crime: How the War on Crime Transformed American Democracy and Created a Culture of Fear (Oxford University Press, 2007, winner of the American Society of Criminology, Hindelang Award 2010).  His recent books include The Sage Handbook of Punishment and Society (Sage, 2013, edited with Richard Sparks) and Mass Incarceration on Trial: A Remarkable Court Decision and the Future of Prisons in America (New Press, 2014). Jonathan has served as the co-editor-in-chief of the journal, Punishment and Society, and is a reviewer for numerous law and society and criminology journals. Follow him on twitter @jonathansimon59

Dr Claire Spivakovsky

Claire Spivakovsky is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Monash University (Australia). Prior to joining Monash University, Claire worked in the community and government sectors, developing a range of social and criminal justice projects which advocated for the rights and needs of marginalized populations.

Claire’s research explores the interaction between cultural norms, societal structures and institutional responses that contribute to the inclusion or exclusion of people with disability in society. Her scholarly interests centre on how the treatment of people with disability in society shapes the operation of norms, the power dynamics of normalisation and the experiences of that which we have come to think of as freedom. Claire’s research follows these interests across a wide spectrum of topics, from the inclusive education of children with disability in schools and the everyday practices of disability group homes, to the development of specialist mental health court procedures and the indefinite detention of people with disability in prisons.

Dr Hilde Tubex

Dr Hilde Tubex is an Associate Professor and Deputy Head of School Research at the UWA Law school. Her research interests are mainly in comparative criminology and penology. In a series of research projects she has worked on such topics as long-term imprisonment, parole, violence in prisons, sex offenders, the organization and evaluation of welfare and treatment services for prisoners, the size and composition of prison populations, penal policy, female offenders and Indigenous over-representation in the criminal justice system.

In August 2011, Dr Hilde Tubex was awarded a Future Fellowship from the Australian Research Council for the project “Reducing imprisonment rates in Australia: International experiences, marginal populations and a focus on the over-representation of Indigenous people.” In this project she investigates the differences in imprisonment rates between Australian jurisdictions and tests the validity of internationally developed explanatory models for the Australian situation. She is currently working on three other projects: one ARC Linkage project and two Criminology Research Grant projects.

Dr Sarah Turnbull

Sarah Turnbull is a Lecturer in Criminology in the School of Law, Birkbeck, University of London. Her current research examines immigration detention and deportation in the United Kingdom, with specific focus on the experiences of confinement and removal in relation to affective issues of home, belonging and identity in contemporary Britain. She is the author of Parole in Canada: Gender and Diversity in the Federal System (UBC Press, 2016), and has published articles in Punishment & Society, British Journal of CriminologyTime & Society, and Canadian Journal of Law & Society. Dr Turnbull is completing the project ‘Home and Away: Gender, Nation, Deportation,’ which was part of a broader European Research Council funded research endeavour led by Professor Mary Bosworth. The ‘Home and Away’ project examines immigration detention and deportation in the United Kingdom, with specific focus on the experiences of confinement and removal in relation to affective issues of home, belonging and identity in contemporary Britain.

Associate Professor Thomas Ugelvik

Thomas Ugelvik is Associate Professor of criminology at the University of Oslo. His research interests include the everyday life in prison, prison masculinity, Scandinavian prison exceptionalism and foreign nationals in prison and immigration detention. He has long-term fieldwork experience from several Norwegian prisons and prison-like institutions. He is one of the series editors of the Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology book series (together with Ben Crewe and Yvonne Jewkes) and the author of Power and Resistance in Prison: Doing Time, Doing Freedom (Palgrave, 2014). He is currently planning a large-scale research project on prison release, reintegration and desistance processes in Norway.

Dr Marion Vannier

Dr Marion Vannier joined the University of Manchester in September 2016 as a lecturer in criminology. Prior to that, Marion worked as a lawyer in private law firms, as a legal officer in a defence team before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and as a judge for the UNHCR within the French Asylum appeals court. Marion completed her MSc and DPhil at the University of Oxford. She also holds a joint law degree from the Universities of La Sorbonne and King’s College London, and an LLM from Georgetown University (US).

Marion completed her doctoral dissertation at the University of Oxford. Her dissertation explored the ties between death penalty abolitionism and the normalization of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, using California as a case study. Marion is currently doing research on life imprisonment and the notion of ‘foreigness’. Her main research interests include prison and life imprisonment; gender, race, and punishment; immigration detention; and the comparative use of punishment.