Anna Schliehe, Research Associate at the Institute of Criminology, University of Anna K SchlieheCambridge and a College Research Associate at King’s College, Cambridge.

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Within the Prison Research Centre Anna is part of the Comparative Penology Group which is led by Dr Ben Crewe and his research team who, since 2016, have been working on a five-year project titled: ‘Penal policymaking and the prisoner experience: a comparative analysis’. This project is funded by the European Research Council (ERC).

The research is based in England & Wales, and Norway, and involves four inter-related studies of (a) penal policymaking and the penal field (b) the experience of entry into and release from custody (c) the daily experiences of female prisoners and imprisoned sex offenders, and (d) prisoners in the most secure parts of each jurisdiction’s prison system.

Anna was awarded a Diplom (Geography) from the University of Muenster, Germany, in 2011 and went on to do a MRes in Human Geography at the University of Glasgow. She completed her doctoral research project in 2013-2016 with the title ‘Tracing outsideness: young women’s institutional journeys and geographies of closed space’. Her research on the Scottish criminal justice system and its responses to young women in particular is informed by both carceral geography and criminological scholarship. Anna is interested in understanding the nature and experience of closed spaces, connecting empirical to conceptually challenging research.

Anna has published Carceral Spatiality: Dialogues between Geography and Criminology, with Palgrave (2017) and co-edited by Dominique Moran.  Anna has recently published in journals including Progress in Human Geography, The Scottish Geographical Journal and Geografiska Annaler B.

Recent and forthcoming chapters and papers include:

  • Moran, D., Turner, J., Schliehe, A. (2017) Conceptualizing the carceral in carceral geography. Progress in Human Geography, 1-21.
  • Schliehe, A. (2017) ‘Towards a feminist carceral geography? Of female offenders and prison spaces’ In: Moran, D.; Schliehe, A. (eds) Confined places, secure spaces: The spatialisation of studies of confinement. Palgrave, London: 75-112.
  • Schliehe, A. (2017) ‘Constraint locomotion: of complex micro-scale mobilities in carceral environments’ In: Peters, K.; Turner, J. (eds) Carceral mobilities: Interrogating Movement in Incarceration. Routledge, Abingdon: 115-130.
  • Schliehe, A.; Crowley, A. (2017) ‘Carefully controlled: young people and their pathways through spaces of secure care’ In: Horton J.; Pyer,M. (eds) Children, young people and care. Routledge, Abingdon: 108-123.
  • Schliehe, A. (2016) ‘Re-discovering Goffman – contemporary carceral geography, the ‘total’ institution and notes on heterotopia’ In: Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography Volume 98, Issue1: 19-35.
  • Schliehe, A. (2015) ‘Locking up children and young people – secure care in Scotland’ In: Horton, J.; Evans, B. (eds) Geographies of Children and Young People. Springer, London: p.1-19.
  • Schliehe, A. (2014) ‘Inside ‘the Carceral’: Girls and Young Women in the Scottish Criminal Justice System’ In: Scottish Geographical  Journal, 71-85.