The Global Prison Research Network is for scholars worldwide researching prisons and other institutions of confinement. The network is multi-disciplinary and open for researchers doing confinement studies on different levels – from the everyday life of specific institutions, to the wider political impact of penal policy changes.

News & Publications

  • New book: The Puzzle of Prison Order - Why life behind bars varies around the world GPRN member David Skarbek's new book is coming out in August 2020 with Oxford University Press! "Many people think prisons are all the same - rows of cells filled with ...
    Posted 7 Jul 2020, 09:11 by Julie W
  • Special issue out! We're very excited to let you know that our special issue "Confinement Beyond Site: Connecting Urban and Prison Ethnographies"* is out with the Cambridge Journal of Anthropology! Situated squarely ...
    Posted 1 Apr 2020, 02:43 by Julie W
  • New Incarceration Journal! It is our pleasure to share with you the wonderful news of the establishment of an incarceration-oriented journal with Sage publishers. Pertinently titled “Incarceration: An international journal of imprisonment ...
    Posted 13 Aug 2019, 04:14 by Julie W
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New Members & Updates

NameResearch RegionResearch Interests
Dawn Moore Canada, Spain, Argentina Prison transparency, oversight, human rights, abuse of power, lived experience of incarceration. 
Diletta Accardo Bolivia Carceral geography, spatial distribution of prison institutions 
Patrick Cacicedo Brazil Prisoner's rights, history of punishment, mass incarceration, criminal execution law, punishment 
Bethany Schmidt England & Wales, Scotland, Eastern Europe (specifically Poland, Romania, Latvia, Lithuania, and Bulgaria), Tunisia, Morocco, Argentina, Chile ethnography, prison life, institutional culture, democratisation, citizenship, punishment, legitimacy, Measuring the Quality of Prison Life (MQPL) 
Zach Levine Brazil Incarceration, healing, mediumship, ayahuasca, psychedelics, religion, ritual, gender and sexuality, violence, plant sensing. 
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