Current research students

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There are a number of research students being supervised by members of the Mannheim Centre for Criminology, branching across the law, sociology and social policy departments.

Research interests cover a broad range of criminological issues.


  • Jake Bronsher
  • Dagmar Myslinska


  • Ioanna Gouseti


Social Policy

  • Miranda Bevan
  • Jack Cunliffe
  • Tom Guiney
  • Else Knudsen


  • Bear, Daniel
    Department of Social Policy
    Thesis: Acting Out, Adapting, or Standing Firm?: Drugs Policing in a London Borough
    Research Interests: Policing, Drugs Policy, Qualitative Research Methods, Crime Mapping, Criminology, Medical Cannabis Policy, Youth Drug Use, Strategic Drug Policy Design, Policy Implementation and Analysis, Prison Policy, Structured Communication in the Criminal Justice System
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    The inability of prohibition to prevent high levels of drugs use has fragmented support for police led anti-drugs enforcement efforts; and yet policing remains central to UK drugs policy. In light of these challenges, late modernity drugs-policing has been recast along a bifurcated approach that features strong enforcement alongside adaptive police efforts targeted at working with the community and channelling drug users to treatment. But little is known about the actual street level implementation of anti-drugs policing efforts to maintain the legitimacy of their role in anti-drugs police work.  This work will help to develop a more thorough understanding of anti-drugs policing, and help refine future national and London based drugs strategies. It uses primarily qualitative methodologies, including ethnographic observation with Response Teams and Safer Neighbourhood Teams, and interviews with police officers and community leaders.   


  • Gerber, Monica M.
    Methodology Institute
    Thesis Title: A dual-motivational model of punitive attitudes: the effects of right-wing authoritarianism and social dominance orientation
    Supervisor: Dr Jonathan Jackson
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    Research Interests: The aim of my doctoral research is to look at the relationship between ideological preferences and the support for harsh sentencing of criminal offenders. Applying the dual-motivational model of ideological attitudes (Duckitt, 2001) to the study of punitive attitudes, two ideologies are thought to be particularly relevant to punitive attitudes: right-wing authoritarianism (RWA) and social dominance orientation (SDO). But given their different motivational basis, they may affect punitive attitudes for different reasons and through different mechanisms. Authoritarians are motivated to achieve collective security and will assign positive value to punishment as it can help controlling perceived social threats. Dominators, on the other hand, are motivated to achieve power and dominance. They will favour punitive policies to establish and maintain ingroup dominance and inequalities.
  • Guiney, Thomas
    Department of Social Policy
    Thesis: Policy in the making: An institutional analysis of landmark criminal justice legislation and the early release of prisoners in post-war Britain, 1965 - 1985.
    Supervisor: Professor Tim Newburn (Social Policy) and Professor Robert Reiner (Law)
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    Research interests: My research will examine the well documented shifts in criminal justice policy in Post-war Britain. I will focus upon the development of criminal justice legislation and the role institutional rules and practices play in determining the range of options available to policy makers. By examining previously unread archival data I hope to examine why policy-makers in the 1960's and 70's were more likely to support inclusionary and rehabilitative policies than their contemporaries.

    Personal information: I am studying towards my PhD part time and currently work for the Civil Service. I was an undergraduate student in Law at the University of Birmingham and a postgraduate student in Criminology at the University of Oxford. My research interests include; the politics of law and order; penal reform; political economy and comparative approaches to criminology. I am also interested in jurisprudence, socio-legal studies and political science.


  • Gunhammar, Jessica
    Department of Sociology

    Thesis: Discourses of wartime rape in the former Yugoslavia and at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY)
    Supervisor: Professor Paul Rock (Law)

    Jessica Gunhammar, a PhD student in the Department of Sociology and the Centre for Human Rights, very sadly passed away after a long illness in September 2010. Jessica was undertaking research on the impact of rape as a war crime, in former Yugoslavia. Her colleagues, lecturers and friends wanted to mark this sad occasion by contributing to a cause that would have been very close to Jessica's heart. Therefore, a donation has been made to Medica Zenica, a women's non-governmental organisation that continuously offers psycho-social and medical support to women and children victims of war rape, street rape survivors, domestic violence survivors, and victims of trafficking in human beings. Jessica was a dedicated young woman, passionate about her research and support for women in former Yugoslavia and we hope this donation in remembrance of her will help Medica Zenica in their very important work.



  • Knudson, Else
    Department of Social Policy

    Research topic: Canadian children of incarcerated parents
    Supervisors: Dr Coretta Phillips  and Dr Kitty Stewart
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    Research interests: There is a paucity of Canadian data on the experiences of children of incarcerated parents in Canada, including estimates of how many children are affected. This study seeks to explore the impact of parental incarceration on Canadian children and the impact of the issues faced by these children on communities.

    Personal information: I'm a Danish Canadian from Toronto. A social worker by training, I worked in child protection as an investigator for several years, as well as with various community-based advocacy groups. I later worked as a policy analyst at a Canadian NGO which provides services and undertakes advocacy around the criminal justice system. I hold a BSc and MSW from the University of Toronto and an MSc in Social Policy & Planning from LSE.


  • Lacey, Lauren
    Department of Social Policy
    Supervisors: Professor  Tim Newburn and Dr Mike Shiner
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    Thesis title:  Restorative Youth Justice in the United Kingdom: a Qualitative Study of Referral Orders
    Research interests: Criminology, Policing of children and young people, Youth Justice Policy, Restorative Justice, Qualitative Research Methods, Research with children and young people.


  • Anna Matczak
    Department of Sociology
    Thesis title: The implementation of the Restorative Justice System in Poland - public attitude towards restorativeness.
    Supervisor: Dr Janet Foster
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    My PhD research focuses on the viability of a restorative justice system in Poland. The aim of the study is to examine whether the high level of support for punitiveness among Polish citizens, as well as the idea of 'being tough on crime' can be changed under the influence of increased information about restorative justice. In order to examine the viability of restorative solutions, the research process will also discuss the crime pattern and study the level of punitiveness in Polish society. The aim of the envisaged research method (deliberative opinion poll) is thus to examine whether there are any significant changes in attitudes when more information about restorative justice is delivered to the public.



Rieken, Johannes C.
Methodology Institute
Thesis Title: Observing the observer: An analysis of police practice based on Body-Worn-Video recordings

Supervisor: Dr Jonathan Jackson and Prof. Saadi Lahlou
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I am interested in the professional practice of police officers. A new device has been introduced to UK police forces to collect evidence that allows officers to video-record events from their own perspective from a camera attached to themselves . I am doing a secondary analysis of such recordings. I interview officers based on the material to get a very detailed account of their practice, the context, the cognition that accompanies these practices and the impact the camera has on these practices itself. The intention is to identify and understand best practices and at the same time to collect video materials that demonstrate them. Examples could be the quick evaluation of a (dangerous) situation based on subtle clues; an efficient strategy to deescalate a situation or to assure members of the public that are in distress. In this way my research can help to develop training material for new officers. On a more abstract level, the objective is also to reflect on the evolution of policing itself. Specifically, the effect that cameras and the increased visibility they bring with them may have on the activity of officers and their interaction with members of the public. T his will enable my research to inform public policy about the implications of the introduction, general usage, and accompanying procedures as well as the possible other uses of such devices. Finally, for the advancement of the methodological repertoire in social psychology it is important to explore means of analysing audiovisual tapes recoded from the first-person- perspective. This is very rich material that provides a detailed account of human activity in its natural context. As such material is increasingly widely available there is even more to be gained from developing the means to systematically explore it.


  • Trehan, Nidhi
    Department of Sociology
    Thesis: Human rights entrepreneurship in post-socialist Hungary: from 'Gypsy problem' to 'Roma rights'
    Supervisor: Professor Stanley Cohen
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    The project focuses on a new collective movement for civil rights emerging in post-socialist Hungary: the Romani civil rights movement.

    The investigation leads to a critical analysis of the multifaceted dimensions of the rights of Romani in a society that is reshaping political rule after the collapse of the communist regime. In this sense the analysis of the role of human rights organisations and the function of the social entrepreneurs and actors who run them represents the most important part of the empirical study within this project.

    This research attempts an original approach focusing on the activities of non-state actors and social forces which influence both Romani communities and Hungarian government policy.


  • Trikha, Sara
    Department of Sociology
    Thesis: Policing British Asian Communities
    Supervisor: Dr Janet Foster (Sociology), Professor David Downes (Social Policy)
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    While there is a substantial body of literature on the policing of minority ethnic communities in Britain, little reference has been made to the policing of British Asian communities. This case study in a multi-ethnic suburb of London aims to address this knowledge gap by providing an insight into the day-to-day policing of British Asian communities. 



  • Emma Williams
    Department of Sociology

    The police treatment of rape victims within the wider context of police practice and priorities
    Supervisors: Dr Janet Foster (Sociology), Professor Paul Rock (Law)
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    My PhD is a qualitative study. I have undertaken observations and interviews with relief officers, CID and specialist officers involved with victims of serious sexual assault. The research also draws on data from 20 in-depth interviews with victims of rape.