Laura Piacentini

Prof, FRSE, Fellow Academinet

  • United Kingdom

Accepting PhD Students

  • 121 Citations
19982021
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Personal Statement

Laura Piacentini PhD, FRSE, Fellow Academianet

BA Sociology (2:1 Honours), MA Criminology (First Class, University of Keele), PgDip Russian Language (University of Strathclyde) and PhD Criminology & Sociology (University of Wales, Bangor).

I am a Criminologist with a background in Sociology and Russian Area Studies. My work, broadly defined, is concerned with punishment and society studies. I joined the University of Strathclyde in 2006 and was based in the Law School. In January 2016 I moved to the School of Social Work and Social Policy (established in 2014).

I am Associate Director of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research and University of Strathclyde Lead with Dr Beth Weaver. www.sccjr.ac.uk

I am the Co-Ed-in-Chief of the leading Criminology journal, Criminology & Criminal Justice with Dr Sarah Armstrong and Professor Michele Burman of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research.

In 2014 I was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a Fellow of Academianet, which is the EU Research Fellowship established by the Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel to recognise and support the research leadership of European Women Scholars. 

 

Expertise & Capabilities

  • Criminology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Sociology and Social Policy
  • Prisons and Russian prisons
  • International penal reform
  • Gender and imprisonment
  • Prison ethnography and qualitative research methods
  • Human rights in prisons

Teaching Interests

I have taught Criminology for over twenty years and have developed interest and expertise across a wide range of criminological subject areas at under-graduate and Masters levels. I have supervised dozens of post-graduate students in Criminology.

In the School of Social Work & Social Policy, Criminology is an integrated part of the first and second year social policy modules and gives students an opportunity to see if this is a subject of interest. From 2017/2018, Criminology will be offered as a third year module (L5328 Emotions, Criminology and Criminal Justice).

Launching in 2018/2019 is the first MSc Criminology (Research Methods) at the School of Social Work and Social Policy:

https://www.strath.ac.uk/humanities/schoolofsocialworksocialpolicy/newsevents/newmsccriminology/

I can supervise Criminology PhDs and applications for a PhD are welcomed in the following areas: criminology, sociology, prison sociology, international criminal justice systems, Russian criminal justice policy and gender and criminal justice.

Research Interests

Research: I am a Criminologist and a highly proficient Russian speaker. I have been publishing in the area of contemporary Russian imprisonment for nearly twenty-five years, having lived and conducted research in numerous prisons. All of my work is multi-disciplinary (involving human geography, Russian Area Studies, history, human rights and political science). I am committed to radical, feminist, creative and theoretically informed research methods. I am the first Westerner to conduct theoretical and empirical research in Russian prisons and my research is recognised as world leading in Criminology.

 

Research grants

I have been PI or Co-I on many grants and have completed two major ESRC studies on Russian prisons: Prison Labour in Post-Soviet Prisons (1997-2001), and the first major study into women’s imprisonment in Russia in 2011, funded by the ESRC (with Professor Judith Pallot (Oxford) and Dr Dominique Moran (Birmingham)).

 

ESRC 2018 - 2021 Principal Investigator (circa £735k). The study, 'In the Gulag's Shadow: Producing, Consuming and Perceiving prisons in the Former USSR', is the first study of its kind in world Criminology.  The team includes Dr Gavin Slade (Lead Co-I and Associate Professor, University of Nazarbayev, Astana, Kazakhstan); Professor Elena Olmenchenko (Professor of Sociology, Higher School of Economics, St Petersburg), and Professor Alexei Trochev (Professor of Criminology, University of Nazarbayev, Astana, Kazakhstan).

 

AHRC and MRC      2018 - 2020 Co-Investigator (circa £180k): 'The Right to Health in Brazilian and Scottish Prisons' (AHRC and MRC), Professor Sally Haw (PI).

 

Leverhulme    2015 -2017 Principal Investigator (circa £45k): ‘Towards a Sociology of rights consciousness amongst Russian prisoners’ with Dr Elena Katz at the University of Oxford. See http://prisonersrightsrussia.org.uk

 

ESRC 2012 – 2014 Co-Investigator (circa £206k): ‘Regulating Justice: The dynamics of compliance and breach in criminal justice social work in Scotland’ with Dr Monica Barry (Law, PI) and Dr Beth Weaver (Social Work and Social Policy, Co-I).

 

ESRC 2006-  2010 Co-Investigator (circa £253k): 'Women in the Russian Penal System: The role of distance in the theory and practice of imprisonment in late Soviet and post-Soviet Russia' with Professor Judith Pallot (Oxford, PI) and Dr Dominique Moran, University of Birmingham, Co-I).

 

Knowledge Exchange: I have advised the United Nations and NGOs on subjects that include forced labour in prisons and Russian political prisoners and asylum seekers. I have advised the Scottish Parliament on rehabilitation in prisons. I have given papers at diverse Universities including the Universities of Harvard, The Higher Education Institute of Smolensk and Moscow State University. In 2012, I taught at the Central European University, Budapest.

Book Awards: My first book, Surviving Russian Prisons: Punishment, Politics and Economy in Transition won the British Society of Criminology Book of the Year award in 2005. My second book (co-authored with Professor Judith Pallot (Oxford) titled Gender, Geography and Punishment: the Experience of Women in Carceral Russia, won the Heldt Prize for book of the year at the American Association of Slavonic Studies and was nominated for the Book of the Year 2013 by Pushkin House London and the Davis Centre at Harvard University

Article Awards: Theoretical Criminology with Gavin Slade, Article of the Year, 2016, 'Architecture and Attachment: Carceral Collectivism and the problem and prison reform in Russia and Georgia.

In preparation is Prison Netnography and Human Rights in Russian Prisons. Routledge (co-authored with Dr Elena Katz).

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Bangor University

Bachelor of Arts, University of Strathclyde

Master of Arts, Keele University

Bachelor of Arts, Glasgow Caledonian University

External positions

Fellow, "AcademiaNet" - for Leading Women Scholars in the EU, established by Germany's Chancellor, Angela Merkel

1 Jun 2013 → …

Fellow, Royal Society of Edinburgh

15 Mar 2013 → …

Adjunct Professor in Criminology , Queensland University of Technology

1 Jan 2013 → …

Research Associate, Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford

5 Mar 20061 Jan 2010

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Projects 2003 2021

Research Output 1998 2018

Employment and Employability in Scottish Prisons: A Research Briefing Paper

Piacentini, L., Weaver, B. & Jardine, C. 28 Feb 2018 Glasgow. 20 p.

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Prizes

Article of The Year, 2015 for the international journal, 'Theoretical Criminology'

Laura Piacentini (Recipient), 15 Feb 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

criminology

Book of the Year, 2005

Laura Piacentini (Recipient), 7 Jul 2005

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 1998 2017

Sociological and Criminological Understandings of Human Rights in Russian Prisons

Piacentini, L. (Participant)
5 Sep 201710 Sep 2017

Activity: Key-note speaker and plenary lectures at conferences