Professor Ben Crewe
Professor of Penology and Criminal Justice | Institute of Criminology | University of Cambridge | UK
Ben Crewe is a Professor of Penology and Criminal Justice and Deputy Director of the Prisons Research Centre, at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge. In recent years, his main research projects have included a study of values, practices and outcomes in public and private sector corrections (with Alison Liebling); research on prisoners serving very long sentences from an early age (with Susie Hulley and Serena Wright); a study of the role and values of prison governors (with Alison Liebling); and a five-year, European Research Council project titled ‘Penal policymaking and the prisoner experience: a comparative analysis’, involving extensive fieldwork in England & Wales and Norway. Ben is interested in almost all aspects of prison life, including the prisoner experience, prison social life and culture, staff-prisoner relationships, prison quality and management, penal policy, and the impact of political, economic and cultural factors on the nature of imprisonment. He regularly engages with practitioners and policy-makers, by teaching on a part-time Masters course for criminal justice practitioners, through his roles as a Trustee of the Prison Reform Trust and an editorial board member for the Prison Service Journal, and through frequent talks to senior managers both in the UK and beyond.