Sara Valdebenito

Ph.D Student


Sara came to Cambridge in 2011 to complete the MPhil in Criminological Research program at the Institute of Criminology. In September 2012 she was awarded the MPhil degree (with distinction) for her dissertation entitled: “The association of school bullying with drug use and weapon carrying, a systematic review and meta-analysis of cross-sectional studies.”

She is currently enrolled in the PhD program, working under the supervision of Professor Manuel Eisner at the Violence Research Centre. Her doctoral thesis project is part of a larger study, which focuses on the evaluation of an intervention aimed at reducing school exclusions by utilizing a randomised controlled trial design.

Before coming to Cambridge University, Sara worked for the Chilean government, where she partook in the design and implementation of the new policy for the Juvenile Justice System ( 20.084 Act). This policy addressed the special needs and circumstances of young people, between the ages of 14 and 18, who commit crime. Currently she remains associated with Alberto Hurtado University, where she holds a position of a lecturer in the School of Social Sciences.

Research Interests

  • Evidence Based Crime Prevention
  • School Exclusion
  • School Bullying
  • Meta-analysis
  • Randomised Control Trials
  • Social policy