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Visiting Fellows


Visiting Scholars

Dr Beth Hardie

Research: Dr Hardie's research is grounded in a highly analytical approach that integrates individually and environmentally focused explanations of human behaviour. She has a strong academic background in the social sciences with a focus on developmental and social psychology, criminology, and research methods. From 2004-2020 she worked at the Institute of Criminology with Professor P-O Wikström, firstly as a Research Associate and then as Research Manager of the Peterborough Adolescent and Young Adult Development Study (PADS+). She conducted the stand-alone 2005 Peterborough Community Survey as part of PADS+ and went on to conduct many fieldwork interviews with the PADS+ participants. From 2006-2020, as the Research Manager of PADS+, she was responsible for fieldwork staff and the collection, quality and management of PADS+ data, as well contributing to the development and application of the research instruments used and devised by PADS+. Her 16 years of varied work on this multi-method, multi-level longitudinal study means she is experienced in developmental and social ecological research methods and analytical techniques, as well as the operational demands of running a world-class large-scale longitudinal research study. She was also responsible for the analysis and presentation of PADS+ spatial data using GIS, the training of international collaborative and replica study staff, and was jointly responsible for the co-ordination of the I-SAT (international comparison of tests of Situational Action Theory) project. She has also made various other empirical, theoretical and methodological contributions to the academic literature on crime, parenting, and adolescent behaviour.  For a summary of publications see

Dr Hardie is currently working on collaborations with academic researchers and practitioners from a range of fields to apply her perspective and knowledge to topics including education, probation, autism, activity and obesity, road safety and eating disorders.

Visiting between: 01/02/2021 - 31/12/2021

HostP-O Wikström

Centre: Centre for Analytic Criminology

Dr Kate Herrity

Mellon-King’s Junior Research Fellowship in Punishment (2020-24), Kings College, University of Cambridge

Research: Dr Herrity was apppointed to this Fellowship in order to pursue her current research project – which extends ideas introduced in her thesis – exploring the relationship between sound and social emotion amongst different prison populations.  She was awarded her doctorate in Criminology in 2019 from the University of Leicester, for her PhD: ‘Rhythms and routines: sounding order in a local men’s prison using aural ethnography’.

Visiting between: 13/11/2020 - 12/11/2021

Host: Ben Crewe

Centre: Prisons Research Centre

Dr Julie Laursen

Marie Curie Fellow, Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies of Law, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen

Research: Julie will continue to collaborate with members of the Prisons Research Centre on the work she started when a Research Associate at the Institute of Criminology, on the ERC-funded research project: Penal policmaking and the prisoner experience: a comparative analysis.

Visiting between: 01/04/2021 - 31/03/2022

Host: Ben Crewe

Centre: Prisons Research Centre

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Dr Yannick van den Brink

Assistant Professor, Child Law and Criminal Law, University of Leiden

Research: Dr Van den Brink’s research addresses normative and empirical questions in the areas of youth justice, criminal justice children’s rights and human rights. His specific fields of expertise are youth court decision-making, procedural safeguards in youth justice proceedings and deprivation of liberty of children. His current research project concerns an international comparative study of remand decision-making in youth courts, with a particular focus on the meaning of the principle of equality in the decision-making process. 

Visiting between: 01/09/2019 - 31/12/2021

Host: Caroline Lanskey

Centre: Centre for Community, Gender and Social Justice


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Mr Osamu Omichi

National Police Agency, Japan

Research: Mr Omichi’s research will consider, in comparison with that of Japan, the development of new legal and social systems relating to future automated driving in the United Kingdom.  His main research activities will include analysis of data sourced within the University, as well as interviews and discussions with government officials, researchers involved with developing this technology and other interested parties. 

Visiting between: 02/09/2020 - 31/08/2021

Host: Larry Sherman 

Centre: The Jerry Lee Centre for Experimental Criminology