The Principal Investigator is Yvonne Jewkes, Professor of Criminology, University of Brighton, UK.
Yvonne’s main current research interest is the impact of prison architecture, design and technology on the lives of prisoners and prison staff. She has recently written on the theme of ‘doing prison research differently’ and about the role of emotion and auto-ethnography in prison research. She is also researching the potential role of computer-mediated technologies on the everyday lives and future prospects of prisoners; and the particular problems that face elderly inmates, from the poor design of prisons to end-of-life healthcare. A theme which has underpinned much of her previous work is that of self and identity: how masculinity is ‘performed’ in men’s prisons; how lifers manage their identity through a disrupted lifecourse; how new communication technologies permit individuals to create, transform, play with, or steal identities and how researchers gain from being attuned to the emotional and auto-ethnographic aspects of their work
She is also known for her work on media and crime and am the author of the bestselling Media and Crime (now in its third edition) and the forthcoming Media and Crime in the USA (co-authored with Travis Linnemann).
The Co-Investigator is Dominique Moran, Reader in Carceral Geography at the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham, UK.
Dominique’s research is in the new sub-discipline of carceral geography, a geographical perspective on incarceration. She currently holds ESRC funding for research into prison visitation and recidivism in the UK, has recently completed an interdisciplinary ESRC research project looking into women’s experience of imprisonment in contemporary Russia, is author of ‘Carceral Geography: Spaces and Practices of Incarceration‘ and an editor of the collection ‘Carceral Spaces: Mobility and Agency in Imprisonment and Migrant Detention’. Her work is transdisciplinary, informed by and extending theoretical developments in geography, criminology and prison sociology, but also interfacing with contemporary debates over hyperincarceration, recidivism and the advance of the punitive state. She publishes in leading journals including Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers and Environment and Planning D: Society and Space.
The Post-Doctoral Research Associate to the project is Dr Jennifer Turner, based in the School of Applied Social Science, University of Brighton. Trained as a geographer, her research interests fit broadly at the intersection of cultural and political geography regarding how the contemporary penal system is integrated into British society. Jennifer’s work has been published in journals including Environment and Planning A, Area, Geography Compass and Space and Polity. She is the author of The Prison Boundary: Between Society and Carceral Space.
As part of the project, Ellie Slee is conducting her PhD research at the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham.
The main research project asks what impact the architecture, design, and spatial organization of prisons has on the experience of imprisonment, on the behaviour of those who occupy and move through carceral spaces, and on staff-prisoner and staff-management relationships. The PhD studentship extends the reach of this question to a new and different group – members of local communities which surround prisons. It is premised on a understanding that, despite the wealth of research on local responses to proposed prison building projects, the impact of prisons on local economic development, and the “NIMBY” response, the specific impact of prison architecture and aesthetics on those who live within the immediate vicinity of prisons is not known.