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Comparative Penology

Institute of Criminology


  • Mjåland, K., Schliehe, A., and Laursen, J. (in press) ‘Contrasts in freedom: comparing open and closed prisons in England & Wales and Norway’. European Journal of Criminology
  • Schliehe, A. and Crewe, B. (2021) ‘Top-bunk, bottom-bunk: the experience of cell-sharing in prisons’. British Journal of Criminology, azab053.
  • Schliehe, A., Laursen, J. and Crewe, B. (2021) ‘Loneliness in prison’. European Journal of Criminology. 
  • Crewe, B., Ievins, A. Larmour, S. Laursen, J. Mjåland, K. and Schliehe, A. (under review) ‘Nordic penal exceptionalism: a comparative, empirical analysis’ British Journal of Criminology
  • Crewe, B., Mjåland, K. and Laursen, J. (under review) ‘Exceptionalism in exceptional places? Deep-end confinement in England & Wales and Norway’
  • Ievins, A. and Mjåland, K, (2021) ‘Authoritarian exclusion and laissez-faire inclusion: Comparing the punishment of men convicted of sex offenses in England & Wales and Norway’. Criminology, 59(3) August 2021, p.454-479.
  • Ievins, A. (2020) ‘Perfectly individualized and constantly visible’? Lateral tightness in a prison holding men convicted of sex offences. Incarceration
  • Crewe, B. (2020) ‘The depth of imprisonment’. Punishment & Society
  • Crewe, B. and Ievins, A. (2020) ‘Tightness, recognition and penal power’. Punishment & Society
  • Laursen, J., Mjåland, K. and Crewe, B. (2019) ‘“It’s like a sentence before the sentence”—exploring the pains and possibilities of waiting for imprisonment’. British Journal of Criminology, 60(2), p.363-381.
  • Crewe, B. and Ievins, A. (2019) ‘The prison as a reinventive institution’. Theoretical Criminology

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logo The Comparative Penology Group is led by Dr Ben Crewe and his research team who, since 2016, have been working on a five-year project titled: 'Penal policymaking and the prisoner experience: a comparative analysis'.

The research is based in England & Wales, and Norway, and involves four inter-related studies of (a) penal policymaking and the penal field (b) the experience of entry into and release from custody (c) the daily experiences of female prisoners and imprisoned sex offenders, and (d) prisoners in the most secure parts of each jurisdiction's prison system.

This project is funded by the European Research Council (ERC).









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