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Dr Emily Hart

Formerly at Lancaster University

Research overview

Emily's research is broadly around the areas of women prisoners and desistance with a particular focus on the role of capital and the responsibilisation of women as they plan and prepare for release from custody. Her work takes a critical, feminist and abolitionist stance and is concerned with the harms of imprisonment and its detrimental impact on desistance. Current work involves the development of a 'Critical Desistance'. Other work also examines forms of resistance and coping strategies for women prisoners. Emily also has an interest in feminist research methods.


Dr Emily Hart is a Lecturer in Criminology at Lancaster University. She previously worked at Liverpool Hope University. Emily Completed her PhD at the University of Leeds in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy which was funded by a 1+3 Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) studentship. She also holds an MSc Social Research (University of Leeds), MA Sociology (London School of Economics and Political Science), BA Sociology with Politics (London Metropolitan University) and a PGCE in Social Science (Institute of Education, University of London). Emily is joint Director of Studies for Part 1 Criminology and also teaches on a number of UG modules in the 2nd and 3rd years.  

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