Alice Ievins

Research Associate (Comparative Penology)

Alice is currently working towards her PhD, provisionally titled:
Stain, adaptation and legitimacy: An ethnographic study of a prison for men convicted of sex offences, supervised by
Dr Ben Crewe. Although sex offenders make up one in six of the sentenced adult male prison population, very little is known about them beyond their position at the base of the prisoner hierarchy. Alice's research will attempt to address this gap by exploring the social and existential experiences of prisoners convicted of sexual offences in a sex offender only establishment. It is particularly interested in issues of identity management, stigma, social relationships and compliance. The research will build on Alice's MPhil dissertation, Living Among Sex Offenders: Identity, Safety and Relationships at HMP Whatton, which was one of the winners of the Howard League for Penal Reform's inaugural John Sunley Prize.


  • PhD Candidate, Criminology, University of Cambridge
    Thesis: 'The Social Experiences of Sex Offenders in Prison: A Comparative Analysis'
    Supervisor: Dr. Ben Crewe
  • MPhil, Criminological Research, University of Cambridge
    Thesis: 'Living Among Sex Offenders: Identity, Safety and Relationships at HMP Whatton'
    Supervisor: Dr. Ben Crewe
    Grade: Distinction
  • BA (Hons), English, University of Cambridge
    Grade: 2:1


Prizes and Awards:

  • 2013 Winner of the John Sunley Prize, given by The Howard League for Penal Reform in recognition of outstanding Masters level research
  • 2013 Proxime Accesserunt in relation to the Lopez-Rey Prize, given by the Institute of Crimonology to award high performance at the MPhil
  • 2010 Foundation Scholarship, given by Pembroke College, Cambridge
  • 2009 College Scholarship, given by Pembroke College, Cambridge