Dr Julie Laursen

Research Assistant

Julie Laursen holds a master’s degree in Educational Anthropology. She did her PhD research at the University of Aalborg, Denmark (2013-2016) where she examined prison-based cognitive behavioural programmes through participant observation and interviews. The focus of her research was to understand how prison-based cognitive behavioural programmes problematise definitions of criminality, and how suggested solutions play out in practice. She has extensive experience in conducting fieldwork and interviews in Danish prisons, and has also been a part of research teams in prisons in England & Wales. Her main research interests are the sociology of prisons, prison cultures, comparative criminology, penology, and rehabilitation.