Jennifer Turner, Institute for Social Sciences, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
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Jennifer’s research interests fit broadly at the intersection of cultural and political geography regarding how the contemporary penal system is integrated into British society. Continuing to focus on the everyday, performed, and practised experiences of carceral space, other transdisciplinary research interests include prisoner identities; conceptualising carceral space; and the (im)mobilities inherent in incarceration. She has recently published in journals including Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Progress in Human Geography, Antipode and Punishment and Society.
Current and recent research activities include:
The Prison Boundary
Jennifer’s monograph, The Prison Boundary: Between Society and Carceral Space was published in 2016 by Palgrave and interrogates the notion of a hard and fast separation between the inside and outside of prison by presenting a variety of case studies that demonstrate a complex and changeable boundary relationship. This work included appraisal of reducing re-offending programmes such as The Clink restaurant and the employment of prisoner advisers at the Oxford Citizens Advice Bureau. This research is extended in current research that focuses upon the role of work placements and vocational training in assisting release prisoners to positively negotiate the prison boundary.
Prison architecture, design and technology
Prior to joining University of Liverpool as a Lecturer in Human Geography, Jennifer was a Post-Doctoral Research Associate on a large, interdisciplinary and cross-institutional ESRC-funded project entitled ‘Fear-suffused environments’ or potential to rehabilitate? Prison architecture, design and technology and the lived experience of carceral spaces” with Prof. Yvonne Jewkes (Brighton) and Prof. Dominique Moran (Birmingham). This project addresses two over-arching questions – how are penal aims and philosophies (that is, what prison is ‘for’) expressed in prison architecture and design, and how effective is prison architecture, design and technology (ADT) in conveying and delivering that penal purpose? The study seeks to meet its objectives by (a) studying the process of designing new prison buildings in order to understand what it is that architects are asked to deliver and how they achieve this, and (b) studying ADT’s impacts and effects on a range of end users, focusing on the experience of occupying and moving in and around prison spaces, in relation to prisoners’ quality of life and wellbeing, perceptions of penal legitimacy, compliance with the regime, prisoner-staff relations, staff work satisfaction and so on.
Jennifer’s interest in the (im)mobilities within, between and beyond carceral spaces is what instigated the edited volume Carceral Mobilities: Interrogating Movement in Incarceration (co-edited by Kimberley Peters, Routledge, 2017). These interests are extended in current and research interrogating infrastructures of carceral space.