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Institute of Criminology



Dr Lanskey's research interests stem from her cross-disciplinary experience of education and criminology and include youth justice, education and the arts in criminal justice, citizenship and migration, youth voice and participation, the experiences of prisoners' families and research methodologies. After an earlier career in teaching and educational research she joined the institute of Criminology in 2006. Over the past twelve years she has worked on an evaluation of a training intervention for staff in secure settings for young people; an ESRC postdoctoral research fellowship on the education of young people in custody; a study of risk and protective factors associated with the resettlement of imprisoned fathers with their families and an analysis of criminal justice processes through the eyes of families bereaved through homicide. Recent research includes a study of the education pathways of young people in the youth justice system funded by the Society for Educational Studies - Principle Investigator (PI); a European evaluation of restorative prison and probation programmes in Hungary, Germany, Latvia and Bulgaria (co-PI), an evaluation of the Ormiston Families 'Breaking Barriers' programme (PI) and a historical review of safeguarding children in the secure estate (PI). She is currently PI on the Families and Imprisonment Research (FAIR) Study ( and co-PI on a research study of youth justice and rurality. Dr Lanskey teaches and supervises students at undergraduate, masters and PhD levels. 


Lanskey, C., Lösel, F., Markson, L., and Souza, K. (2019) Prisoners’ Families’ Research : Developments, Debates and Directions. In The Palgrave Handbook of Prison and the Family. Hutton, M. & Moran, D. (eds.) London: Palgrave MacMillan.

Souza, K., Lanskey, C., Markson, L., and Lösel, F. (2019) ‘Partners of Incarcerated Men: Questioning Caring Stereotypes’. In Hutton, M. & Moran, D. (eds.) In The Palgrave Handbook of Prison and the Family. Hutton, M. & Moran, D. (eds.) London: Palgrave MacMillan.

Jarman, B., & Lanskey, C. (2019). ‘A Poor Prospect Indeed’: The State’s Disavowal of Child Abuse Victims in Youth Custody, 1960–1990. Societies, 9(2), 27.

Lanskey, C. (2018) 'Children's education, youth justice and rehabilitation: an historical overview' In (eds) Gallard, D; Millington, J. & Evans, K. 'Children and their education in secure accommodation' London: Routledge.

Lanskey, C. (2018)  'Youth voice and participation in secure settings for young people' In (eds) Gallard, D; Millington, J. & Evans, K. 'Children and their education in secure accommodation' London: Routledge.

Lanskey, C., Lösel, F., Markson, L., and Souza, K. (2018) ‘Prisoners' Families, Penal Power, and the Referred Pains of Imprisonment’ In (eds): Condry, C. & Scharff-Smith, P. Prisons, Punishment and the Family: Towards a New Sociology of Punishment?, Oxford: OUP.

Gelsthorpe, L., & Lanskey, C. (2016) 'Youth Justice in England and Wales.' In Oxford Handbooks Online, New York: Oxford University Press. DOI:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199935383.013.60.

Lanskey, C. (2016) Formal and informal learning in custodial settings for young people Prison Service Journal 226 3-7.

Lanskey, C., Lösel, F., Markson, L., & Souza, K. (2016) Children's contact with their imprisoned father and the father-child relationship after his release. Families, Relationships and Societies 5(1) 43-58.

Lanskey, C. (2015) Up or down and out? A systemic analysis of young people's educational pathways in the youth justice system in England and Wales. International Journal of Inclusive Education 19(6) 568-582.

Lanskey C., Lösel. F, Markson, L., & Souza, K. (2015) Re-framing the analysis: a 3-dimensional perspective of prisoners' children's well-being. Children and Society 29(5) 484-494.

Jack, A., Lanskey, C., & Harvey, J. (2015) Young offenders' and their families' experiences of mental health interventions. Journal of Children's Services, 10(4) 353-364.

Markson, L., Lösel, F., Souza, K. A., & Lanskey, C. (2015). Male prisoners' family relationships and resilience in resettlement. Criminology & Criminal Justice. 15(4) 423-441.

Souza, K., Lösel, F., Markson, L., & Lanskey, C. (2015) Pre-Release Expectations and Post-Release Experiences of Prisoners and their (Ex-) Partners. Legal and Criminal Psychology 20(2) 306-323.

Lanskey, C. (2011) Promise or Compromise? Education for Young People in Secure Institutions in England. Youth Justice Journal 11 (1):47-60.

Lanskey, C., Rudduck J. (2010) Pupil voice and leadership, Elsevier International Encyclopedia of Education, 3rd edition. 803-808.

Lanskey, C. (2010) Citizenship Education For Young People in Secure Institutions in England and Wales. Educação, Sociedade & Culturas, 30 : 41-56.

Book Reviews

Lanskey, C. (2014), Children in Custody: Anglo-Russian Perspectives by M. McAuley. London: Bloomsbury (2010) 274pp. 50.00hb ISBN 978-1-84-966000-6. The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 53: 31317. doi: 10.1111/hojo.12081.

Lanskey, C. (2013) Emma Hughes, Education in Prison: Studying Through Distance Learning Australian Journal of Criminology 46:311-313.

Research Reports

Jarman, B., Lucy Delap, L., Jackson, L., Lanskey, C., Marshall, H. and Gelsthorpe, L. Safeguarding children in the secure estate: 1960 -2016. Cambridge: Institute of Criminology. Available at:

Lanskey, C (2017) Evaluation of the Ormiston Families' Breaking Barriers Service in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Essex.

Wilson, M., & Lanskey, C. (2016) ECOR Implementation Strategy, Piloting Report and Expansion Analysis. Available at:

Wilson, M., & Lanskey, C. (2015) ECOR Groundwork Report. Available at:

Lösel, F., Pugh, G., Markson, L., Souza, K., Lanskey, C. (2012) Risk and Protective Factors in the Resettlement of Imprisoned Fathers with their Families. Milton: Ormiston Children's and Families Trust.

Lanskey, C., Drake, D., Harvey, J., Liebling, A. (2008) Training at the Edge. Final report of research evaluation. Cambridge: Institute of Criminology.


Professional Affiliations

  • British Society of Criminology

  • European Society of Criminology

  • Society for Educational Studies

  • Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain

University Associate Professor in Criminology and Criminal Justice
Dr. Caroline  Lanskey

Contact Details

+44 (0)1223 762917


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