Kirstine Szifris

Ph.D Student


  • PhD Candidate, University of Cambridge
    Thesis: 'Exploring the Impact of Engaging Prisoners in Philosophical Education'
    Supervisor: Professor Alison Liebling
  • MPhil, Criminological Research, University of Cambridge
    Thesis: 'Exploring the Benefits of Engaging Prisoners in Philosophical Dialogue'
    Supervisor: Professor Alison Liebling
  • PGCE, Mathematical Education 11-18, University of Sheffield
  • MMath (1St Class), University of Sheffield

Kirstine is undertaking a PhD which will explore the impact of running a philosophical dialogue class in a prison education department. The classes will focus on encouraging participants to actively philosophise in a safe, non-adversarial environment about a range of abstract philosophical concepts. She is aiming to teach in two contrasting prisons - a YOI and an adult, male high security prison - allowing her to reflect on the suitability of such classes for different populations.

Kirstine will draw upon a variety of disciplines to guide her empirical research incorporating criminology, sociology, education and philosophy literature into her thesis. Her research will take a mixed-methods approach in order to explore a variety of constructs. These include identity, self-reflection, morality, moral emptions, self-control, empathy and thinking skills.

Additional Roles

  • Lecturer, Social Sciences Research Methods Centre, University of Cambridge, Lecturing 'Foundations in Applied Statistics' (Michaelmas Tem, 2013)
  • Policy Challenge Intern, Centre for Science and Policy, (ongoing), 'Behavioural Insights in Emergency Response Situations'
  • Committee Specialist for the Joint Committee on the draft Voting Eligibility (Prisoners) Bill, Scrutiny Unit, House of Commons (April - July 2013), ESRC Internship Scheme