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Institute of Criminology



Evelyn is a PhD Candidate in Criminology in receipt of Cambridge International Scholarship, Newnham College. She graduated cum laude as a BA in Liberal Arts and Sciences from Maastricht University, the Netherlands, where she chose a highly multidisciplinary approach to education, studying neuroscience, political philosophy, law, economics, and international relations. Her thesis was written on the International Criminal Court. During her bachelor years she also studied at the University of Oslo, taking courses in criminology, international law, and politics. She then went on to receive an MPhil with distinction in Criminological Research at the University of Cambridge. Her dissertation was a pilot study for Retribution and Reciprocity Theory.

Supervisor: Dr Kyle Treiber.


Evelyn's research interests lie in biosocial and evolutionary aspects of crime. She uses Game Theory experiments to study people’s tendencies towards cooperation, specifically towards retribution and reciprocity. In her PhD she aims to design and test Retribution and Reciprocity Theory (RRT), which is a framework aided to help explain people’s motivations to commit a crime and how those motivations might interact with people’s perceptions of the environment and society.

Among her other interests is the role of emotions in decision-making processes; development of risk-taking behaviours over the lifecourse; and trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Teaching and Supervisions


Evelyn is involved in the Learning Together project and facilitated a course in Criminology in HMP Grendon.

Ph.D Student
 Evelyn  Svingen