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Institute of Criminology



Laura graduated from the University of Oxford with a BA in Law having developed a particular interest in criminal and family law. She completed the MPhil in Criminological Research at the University of Cambridge in 2017 and was awarded the Manuel López-Rey Graduate Prize for the best academic performance on the programme. For her MPhil thesis, Laura conducted research in schools to investigate the roles of morality and self-control in the explanation of school bullying.


Laura's ESRC and Trinity Hall funded doctoral research focuses on the causes and causal processes underpinning young people's social behaviour in school. Using an analytical framework coupled with situational methodologies, Laura's project explores how and why these behaviours result from the interaction between young people and their social environments. A particular emphasis is placed on theorising and testing the nature and role of peer influence within this theoretical model.

Supervisor: Dr Kyle Treiber.

Teaching and Supervisions


Laura lectures on ‘Integrated Theories’ for the CRIM1 Foundations in Crime and Criminal Justice paper. She also lectures graduate students on ‘Essay Writing: Content, Coherence, and Common Pitfalls’ as part of the Academic Writing and Presentation Skills course at the Institute of Criminology. 

During the 2020/21 academic year, she is teaching undergraduate supervisions for CRIM1 Foundations in Crime and Criminal Justice.

Ph.D Student
 Laura  Kennedy