The committee comprises:

Chair: Dr Jennifer Turner (Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Geography)

Secretary: Dr Lauren Martin (Durham University, Geography)

Treasurer: Dr Anna Schliehe (University of Cambridge, Criminology)

Ordinary member: Dr Dominique Moran (University of Birmingham, Geography)

Ordinary member: Dr Claire Loughnan (University of Melbourne, Social and Political Sciences)

Further positions, such as Website Editor, Event Coordinator, and Postgraduate Representatives are available through election at the AGM. If you are interested in holding one of these positions, please contact

Advisory Board

Carceral Geographies Working Group welcomed its founding Advisory Board Members in July 2021. Advisory Board members will support the expansion of the CGWG network and our activities. We look forward to working with them!

James Gacek is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Justice Studies at the University of Regina. He holds his PhD in Criminology from Edinburgh Law School at the University of Edinburgh. Drawing upon criminology and carceral geography, his PhD project focused upon the regulation of inmates through law, state surveillance and community corrections in the UK. Under the supervision of Professor Rose Ricciardelli, he completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Sociology at Memorial University of Newfoundland. He continues to extensively publish in reviews, journals and international fora, particularly in areas of (1) corrections and community justice; (2) green criminology; and (3) the broader socio-politics of judicial reasoning. With Professor Richard Jochelson, he has recently co-authored Criminal Law and Precrime: Legal Studies in Canadian Punishment and Surveillance in Anticipation of Criminal Guilt (2018, Routledge) and co-edited Sexual Regulation and the Law: A Canadian Perspective (2019, Demeter Press). He is currently the co-editor of the Manitoba Law Journal (RobsonCrim Edition) and continues to peer review submissions for Critical Criminology, Punishment & Society, and The European Journal of Criminology, among others. As an Advisory Board Member, James will be working with Eleanor March to develop a programme of events for early career researchers.

Eleanor March is Research Fellow in Interdisciplinary Prison Research, University of Birmingham. She researches cultural representations of the carceral, focusing on prisoner writing, literary and media representations of prisons, and prison history. Her research has an interdisciplinary focus, working across literature, carceral geography, criminology and history. As an Advisory Board Member, Eleanor will be working with James Gacek to develop a programme of events for early career researchers.

Christophe Mincke is Director of the criminology department at the (Belgian) National Institute for Forensic Sciences and Criminology (NICC), Professor at Facultés Universitaires Saint-Louis, Bruxelles, Belgium. He has developed the concept of “mobilitarian ideal” to analyse the contemporary relation to mobility of Western societies. Through four imperatives (activity, activation, participation, adaptation), social actors are demanded to constantly move in a decompartmentalised space. He tracks traces of this ideology in the field of imprisonment justification, using empirical material from parliamentary documents pertaining to the new Belgian penitentiary law to show how imprisonment is conceived, nowadays, as a mobility challenge. Christophe will be contributing to conference organising and (with Anna Schliehe and Olivier Milhaud) developing a seminar series devoted to emerging work in carceral geographies. (Watch our events page and twitter feed for details!)

Hannah Stevens is an independent scholar who will be supporting CGWG with social media outreach, event planning, and building relationships with non-academic audiences.