Mannheim Doctoral Working Group

An interdisciplinary forum for supporting PhD students

The Centre hosts the Mannheim Doctoral Working Group, which is the LSE’s rendez-vous for doctoral-level criminological research. The MDWG provides a supportive forum wherein students receive interdisciplinary feedback on their research.

Participation in the Working Group is open to students across the School at any stage of criminological familiarity and expertise. The sole requirements comprise scholarly open-mindedness and enthusiasm to share in the LSE’s vibrant criminological community. Students from any department across the School are encouraged to notify Johann Koehler of their willingness to join.



MDWG 2023/2024

  • Valeria Ruiz (Law): Unconstitutional punishment and political authority: The Colombian case

MDWG 2022/2023

  • David Eichert (International Relations): (Re)constructing an international crime: Interpreting sexual victimhood in the Rohingya genocide and beyond
  • Olivia Nantermoz (International Relations): Imagining international justice – A history of the penal humanitarian present
  • Pupul Prasad (Social Policy): Facilitators and barriers to restorative juvenile justice in India
  • Peter Ward-Griffin (Economics): Preferential justice and police discrimination

MDWG 2021/2022

  • Sarah Jewett (Government): Categorising processes and mechanisms of perpetration in the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
  • Jo Bluen (International Relations): Hauntings of Nuremberg: The politics and epistemologies of (anti-)impunity in international criminal law

MDWG 2020/2021

  • Sarah Jewett (Government): Remorse and Perpetrators in International Criminal Law
  • David Eichert (International Relations): Hashtagging International Law: Digital Diplomacy, Global Justice, and the International Criminal Court on Twitter
  • Venera Cocaj (European Institute): Silence breakers and wartime sexual violence: Affiliation and disaffiliation in the public sphere in Kosovo
  • Miranda Bevan (Social Policy): The ‘pains’ of police custody for children
  • Jemima Ackah-Arthur (International Relations): The failure of partisan alignment: State responses to terror incidents in Nigeria
  • Nancy Breton (Methodology): Are our best intentions good enough? A critique of international ‘feminist’ policy discourses and their limitations on transformative empowerment efforts in the global South
  • Pupul Prasad (Social Policy): The reform agenda in juvenile justice and the place of restorative justice in it
  • Thiago Oliveira (Methodology): Socialization through violence: Exposure to neighborhood and police violence and the development of legal legitimacy among adolescents in São Paolo

MDWG 2019/2020

  • Lucy Bryant (Social Policy): Policing and the regulation of live music
  • Olivia Nantermoz (International Relations): Conceptualizing penal humanitarianism: Imaginary and narratives of international justice-making
  • Mattia Pinto (Law): Discursive alignments of trafficking, rights and crime control
  • Thiago Oliveira (Methodology): Mind the gap between law and enforcement: Cynicism toward legal institutions in São Paolo neighborhoods