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Professor Maruna’s research is dedicated to understanding crime and justice in a life course perspective, in particular, in trying to understand routes out of criminality and ways that the justice system impedes (or less frequently, supports) this process of desistance from crime.

Recent areas of interest include parole board decision making and the use of personality disorder labels in the justice system.

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Open to PhD applications in the field of 

  • Uses and Misuses of the Antisocial Personality Disorder/psychopathy label
  • Parole board decision making and desistance signaling
  • Prisons and higher education
  • Desistance, recovery and rethinking personality disorders
  • Rehabilitative Culture in prisons and beyond
  • Ex-Prisoner organisations and social movement theory
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Research students

PhD Title: Developing a Measure of Desistance Self-Narrative for a UK Prison Population

Name: Karen Johnson
Years of Study: 2017-2023 (PT)
Country: UK


Alumni: where are they now?

Dr. Brendan Marsh

PhD Title: Violent Capital

Years of Study: 2012-2017
Country: Ireland
Current position: PostDoctoral Researcher, Trinity College Dublin

Dr. Mark Farmer

PhD Title: Desistance from Sex Offending

Years of Study: 2012-2017
Country: UK
Current position: National Specialist Lead – Sexual Offending Programmes, HM Prison and Probation Service

Dr. Maria Ansbro

PhD Title: Attachment theory and probation practice

Years of Study: 2012-2017
Country: UK
Current position: Senior Lecturer, Buckinghamshire New University

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