Dr Anna Souhami
Senior Lecturer and Head of Criminology
University of Edinburgh
Dr Anna Souhami is Lecturer in Criminology at the School of Law. Her main research interests lie in the sociology of criminal justice professions and policy, in particular in the areas of youth justice and policing. Her current research explores the emergent system for the governance of youth crime in England and Wales, using an in-depth ethnographic study of the operation of the Youth Justice Board as a basis to explore wider questions of the organisation and culture of contemporary youth justice. Her previous research in youth justice explored the radical restructuring of the youth justice system in England and Wales under the Crime and Disorder Act (1998) and its effects on youth justice professionals’ sense of occupational identity and culture. She has recently completed a major Home Office-funded study (with Tim Newburn and Janet Foster at LSE) to understand the impact of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry on policing in England and Wales. The project involved two years’ ethnographic research in five force areas and a survey of over 1,200 police officers in 17 forces throughout England and Wales.
Anna was previously a Research Fellow at the London School of Economics. In 2004 she was awarded a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Award for three years. She has a PhD from the Department of Criminology, University of Keele, an MSc in Social Policy and Administration from LSE and a BA in Literae Humaniores (Classics) from Oxford University.