Marie is undertaking a PhD entitled 'A Case for Change?: A Critical Analysis of the Visiting System in Prisons in England and Wales', supervised by Professor Alison Liebling. Marie obtained an LLB honours' degree from Middlesex University in 2007. A major component of her final year was an independent research project entitled 'A Critical Analysis of the arguments for and against the introduction of Extended Family Visits in English and Welsh Prisons'. Her PhD is a continuation of her dissertation, expanding on and locating the previous research in a theoretical and human rights context. Through this research, Marie hopes to elicit knowledge as to the 'effectiveness' of the current visiting system, particularly with regards to the maintenance of family ties between prisoners and their families. She will also examine alternatives to the current visiting system within Europe and explore the potential legal and policy implications of the current system within the context of human rights legislation.
Marie previously worked as a Measuring the Quality of Prison Life research assistant for the National Offender Management Service. This role involved conducting surveys and focus groups with offenders in various prisons, followed by detailed analysis of quantitative data using SPSS and thematically reviewing qualitative data to produce a report on the quality of prison life.