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Institute of Criminology



Ellie is a doctoral candidate in her final year, supervised by Professor Alison Liebling and Professor Nicola Padfield.

Ellie is a qualified lawyer with a keen interest in criminal justice and human rights issues.  Ellie has worked in a number of organisations such as Refuge, the National Centre for Domestic Violence and Her Majesty’s Coroner.


University of Cambridge (2017 to Present): PhD in Criminology

University of Oxford (2015 to 2016): MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice

University of Law (2011 to 2013): GDL and LPC (LLB)

King’s College London (2007 to 2010): BSc Business Management

During her time at Oxford, Ellie was awarded the Oxford Routledge Prize for best dissertation, for her research investigating radicalisation in prison.


Ellie’s ESRC funded research seeks to understand the current use and experience of segregation in prison. Ellie is interested in how the law has shaped the experience of segregation and is adopting a socio-legal approach to her research. 

Ellie spent much of her second year researching segregation in a high security prison. She conducted interviews with prisoners and staff, as well as observing prison practices. During her fieldwork she explored: (i) the processes involved in segregating individuals; (ii) how segregation was typically used; and (iii) the experience of segregation. 

Beyond her PhD, Ellie is involved in a number of associated projects. Ellie previously lectured on the Law and Justice course at HMP Grendon and taught advocacy on the Butler Law Course at HMP Warren Hill. Ellie also secured funding from the Arts Council to deliver a creative arts project in HMP Whitemoor which, through the medium of photography and film, explores themes of identity and the role of art in prison. Ellie is Executive Director of the Cambridge Pro Bono Project which saw her leading a project for the International Legal Aid Group which examined online dispute resolution and HMCTS’ proposals for a new online court system in England and Wales. The report is published here:

Ph.D Student
Ms Ellie  Brown