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Hannah received her BA from the University of Cambridge, gaining a first-class degree with distinction in Sociology. She then completed a MA in Sociocultural Anthropology at Brown University, working with young people leaving prison to explore their experiences of accessing employment. For this work, Hannah was awarded the 2016 Halperin Memorial Fund Award and the 2017 Hazeltine Fellowship.

Hannah has a strong interest in applied research and her professional background is in policy evaluation. As a researcher with the consultancy firm Cordis Bright, Hannah contributed to the evaluation of a range of criminal justice and social care initiatives including: ‘Making Every Adult Matter’ (MEAM) a national programme providing flexible support to people experiencing multiple and complex disadvantages; the Cambridgeshire OPCC conditional cautions programme; and the Northumbria OPCC whole-systems approach to domestic violence.

Before joining the Institute of Criminology as a PhD student, Hannah also worked as a research assistant at the Institute for Dr Caroline Lanskey and Dr Joel Harvey on the ‘Ruralities and Rule-breaking’ project, exploring the practice of youth justice work in rural settings.


Current Research Interests

Hannah’s PhD is a qualitative study of child criminal exploitation (CCE) in the context of county lines drug markets in the UK. Her research involves working with young people involved in county lines drug distribution, and the professionals working to support them, using a combination of interview and participant observation-based methods. Her research focuses on understanding the processes by which young people involved in county lines come to claim or reject the ‘victim of exploitation’ label, as well as the processes by which their status as victims emerges, or fails to emerge, within the youth justice system.

Hannah’s research is funded by the ESRC and Newnham College, Cambridge.

Hannah is also the founder and co-convenor of the research network ‘Critical Approaches to Vulnerability in Empirical Research

 Supervisors:  Dr Caroline Lanskey and Professor Loraine Gelsthorpe



  • Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE)
  • Critical Victimology
  • Drug-related crime
  • Youth Justice
  • Participatory methods and co-production
  • Human trafficking


Key publications: 

Academic publications

Marshall, H. (forthcoming) ‘Intersectionality and interrelating experiences of offending and victimization in the context of child criminal exploitation’ in Contemporary Intersectional Criminology: Examining the Boundaries of Intersectionality and Crime, Ed. Jane Healy and Ben Colliver, Bristol University Press, Bristol.

Marshall, H; Harvey, J; Lanskey, C (2019) ‘Connectors, Horizon-Stretchers, Outsiders: A Study of Youth Justice Practitioners in Rural England’. Youth Justice.


Marshall, H (2018) ‘Once You Support You are Supported: A Qualitative Analysis of Ex-Prisoner Reintegration in Gulu, Uganda’ Economic Anthropology, 15 (1).

Book reviews

Marshall, H. (2017). Peters, Alicia W. 2015. Responding to human trafficking: sex, gender, and culture in the law. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press. 256 pp. Hb.: US $59.95. ISBN: 9780812247336.

Marshall, Hannah (2016) Review of The Courtroom as a Space of Resistance ed. Awol AlloAfrican Studies Quarterly, 16, 3-4. 

Published policy research

Papadaki, H. and Marshall, H. (2020) ‘Underground Lives: Criminal Exploitation of Adult Victims’, Hestia, UK.


Jarman, B.; Delap, L.; Jackson, L.; Lanskey, C.; Marshall, H.; Gelsthorpe, L. (2018) Safeguarding Children in the Secure Estate, 1960–2016; Apollo—University of Cambridge Repository: Cambridge, UK.

Harris, J., Nickson, H., Marshall, H. (2018) ‘MEAM Approach Evaluation: Baseline Report’. Cordis Bright, London UK.

Boxford, S., Chanon, C., Marshall H. (2018) ‘The Relationship Between Family Violence and Youth Offending’, Local Government Association, Cordis Bright and Chanon Consulting. London, UK.

Marshall, Hannah (2016) ‘Ex-prisoner Reintegration: A Qualitative Study’, Advance Afrika, Kampala, Uganda.

Teaching and Supervisions



Criminology, Sentencing and the Penal System

Foundations in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Long essay in Criminology

 Hannah  Marshall


Person keywords: 
Labour exploitation
Participatory methods and co-production
Intersectional feminist methods
Criminal exploitation and county lines
Human trafficking