Professor Loraine Gelsthorpe

Director | Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice | University of Cambridge | UK

Loraine has lived in Cambridge since the early 1980s when she came to do an MPhil in Criminology, though the call of a PhD was stronger than a return to a social work career. After the PhD she had a number of post-doc appointments at Lancaster, UCNW (Bangor) and at the LSE, which involved work with the Metropolitan Police and London boroughs on diversion from prosecution, men’s prisons in the midlands, and race and gender issues in pre-sentence reports respectively. She began working for the University of Cambridge in 1991. Professor Gelsthorpe sits on various government Advisory Committees (including HMChief Inspector of Probation’s Advisory Committee)and is a deputy chair of the 2021 REF exercise (Social Policy/Social Work sub-panel 20).  She was  President of the British Society of Criminology 2011-2015With Professor Michele Burman (University of Glasgow) she chairs the European Society of Criminology Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice Working Group. 

Current/recent research includes: sentencing & women in conflict with the law, accommodation for women leaving prison, the criminalisation of migrant women, people’s experiences of being smuggled, trauma experienced by criminal justice system and voluntary agency staff,  suicide under community supervision, and the meaning and impact of the arts in the criminal justice system.  One particular theme in all her research revolves around the links between criminal and social justice.