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Professor Loraine Gelsthorpe

Loraine is a Criminologist in the Institute of Criminology (Faculty of Law); with a background in history and philosophy she is an experienced social scientist whose interests span ‘what works’ with offenders in the community, penal theories, the politics and economics of criminal justice policy, and youth justice.    She is Director of the Institute’s Centre for Community, Gender, and Social Justice, and Joint Co-ordinator (with Professor Madeleine Arnot, Faculty of Education) of the newly established multi-disciplinary Migration Network within the University.    Current research revolves around criminalisation of migrant women, resettlement issues for women leaving prison, and diversion from courts on mental health grounds.  

Loraine came to the University of Cambridge as a graduate, and after a couple of post-doc positions elsewhere, joined the academic staff in the Institute in 1991.  She has extensive experience as Director of the Institute of Criminology’s M. Phil and Ph.D Programmes.  As well as having been involved in setting up a series of interdisciplinary workshops for Ph.D students in the Social Sciences within the University in the mid 1990s, Loraine has had long association with the ESRC – as a periodic research grant holder, and more particularly as a former member of the ESRC’s Training and Development Board (predecessor of the Training and Skills Committee).   She sits on the University’s Education, Equality and Diversity, and Researcher Development Committees and is a Fellow and Tutor for Graduate Affairs at Pembroke College.   Externally, Loraine is current President of the British Society of Criminology and Deputy Chair of the Social Policy & Social Work Panel for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise 2014.