PhD Studentship: PhD Scholarship in Criminal Justice

University of Southampton - Centre for Law, Policy and Society

The importance to criminal justice of parole – decisions regarding the progression and release of various classes of prisoners – is increasingly being recognised in policy and practice. In England and Wales, the ongoing efforts to resolve the problems posed by the explosion in indeterminate sentences caused by the Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) sentence, and the centrality of the Parole Board in these efforts, has made this particularly clear. However, the scholarly literature on parole remains sparse and under-developed. Many important issues are engaged by parole, including the meaning and effects of imprisonment (on prisoners, families and victims), justifications for parole and specific approaches therein, and the wider lessons of parole for criminological and social theory. Applications are invited for the study of the parole process, and in particular the Parole Board of England and Wales. Projects that combine empirical (quantitative and qualitative) and theoretical study are particularly welcomed. This scholarship will build upon and be supported by expertise and networks developed by Dr Harry Annison, Co-Director of the Centre for Law, Policy and Society.

  • The successful candidate will start on 1 October 2018. The scholarship will offer full tuition fee and maintenance funding for 3 years. The doctoral stipend for 2017/18 is currently £14,000.
  • This studentship is only available for full time programmes and is open to applicants from the UK, the EU and overseas.
  • As part of the application you will be required to submit a CV, research proposal, degree certificate and transcripts, two academic references and proof of English language proficiency.
  • The deadline for applications is 15 February 2018. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be informed of interview arrangements between February and March 2018.
  • The awards will be allocated by end of April, with the outcome being communicated to the candidates in May.

If you wish to discuss any details of the studentship informally, please contact:

  • Academic(s) Name, Email (and telephone if desired)
  • Programme Director Name, Email (and telephone if desired)
  • Postgraduate Research Admissions, Faculty of Business, Law and Art, Email: Telephone: +44(0)23 8059 2562.

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