Biography

Kristian Mjåland

Senior Research Associate (Comparative Penology)

Dr. Kristian Mjåland holds a Senior Research Associate post in the research project “Penal Policymaking and the Prisoner Experience: A Comparative Analysis”. Kristian earned his PhD in Sociology from the University of Bergen, Norway, in 2015. He has been involved in several large research projects, amongst others a study of compulsory care towards drug users, drug use, drug economy and offender rehabilitation in prisons, and an ongoing study of open-air drug markets. Kristian is an experienced qualitative researcher, using primarily ethnographic methods in his work. Theoretically, his research explores issues such as penal power, resistance, legitimacy and procedural justice. Kristian’s recent research has appeared in journals such as Punishment & Society and International Journal of Drug Policy.