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Professor (Institute of Criminology); Director of the Institute of Criminology

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Dr Gelsthorpe has carried out a number of research studies since the mid-1980s, including work on police decision-making with regard to juvenile offenders; the operation of multi-agency juvenile panels; the role of the Crown Prosecution Service in juvenile justice; gender issues in juvenile justice; the theory, policy and practice of attendance centres; the treatment of fine defaulters in magistrates’ courts; and race and gender issues in social inquiry reports. She has also conducted work on Home Office-funded projects on inter-agency aspects of crime prevention strategies, on pre-sentence reports, on the sentencing of women and on community service orders (now known as unpaid work) as a requirement of a Community Order.

Current research interests revolve around notions of criminal and social justice in sentencing, youth justice issues, women and criminal justice, the development of criminological and social theories in their social and political context since 1945, community penalties, and social exclusion, crime and justice. Empirical work includes a focus on resettlement issues for women – particularly those connected to housing. Loraine maintains a strong interest in methodological issues (particularly psychoanalytical dimensions of the research process).

Within the Institute she is Director of the M.Phil Programmes and within the University sits on the Board of Graduate Studies and University Education Committee.

Dr Gelsthorpe is a former ESRC Training Board Member and member of the 2008 RAE sub-panel on Social Policy and Social Work and Administration. She chairs the Cambridge Socio-legal Group and the British Society of Criminology’s Ethics Committee.

Publications include regular contributions to prestigious Oxford Handbook of Criminology (edited by Maguire, Morgan and Reiner) as well as over 150 articles on criminological and criminal justice related topics, book chapters, and reports.





"Sexuality Repositioned" (Hart Publishing) (Ed)

Belinda Brooks-Gordon,Martin Johnson and Andrew Bainham (Eds)
Hart Publishing
ISBN 13:
Published Jun 2004

"Restorative Practices: Repairing Harm through Kith and Kin" (Hart Publishing)

L. Skinns (F. Ebtehaj, B. Lindley and M. Richards (eds.))
Hart Publishing


"Back to Basics in Crime Control: Weaving in Women" Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, 7:2, pp. 76-103

Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, 7:2, pp. 76-103

"The Jack-Roller: Telling a Story?" Theoretical Criminology (2007) 11:4, pp. 515-542.

Theoretical Criminology (2007) 11:4, pp. 515-542.

"Provision for Women Offenders in the Community" London: The Fawcett Society

G. Sharpe and J. Roberts
London: The Fawcett Society

Book Chapters

"Restorative Practices: Repairing Harm through Kith and Kin" in Ebtehaj, Lindley and Richards, Kinship Matters (Hart Publishing) (Ed), pp. 155-172

Hart Publishing
ISBN 13:
Ebtehaj, Lindley and Richards
Published Sep 2006