Prof Sarah Armstrong


University of Glasgow


Sarah Armstrong is a Professor of Criminology at Glasgow University and former Director of SCCJR. Her research interests focus on prisons, prisoners and  criminal justice exploring questions about the governance, organisation, representation and experience of punishment. This has included work analysing community views of prison building in local neighbourhoods; the views of prisoners serving short sentences; how the bureaucratic spaces of penal institutions are part of the prison; and working alongside prisoners and researchers in developing collective agendas for penal research. More recently she has become involved in and begun to research university engagement with prisoners in education and in widening their access to higher education, and, separately, she has been investigating how people understand and have experienced ‘justice’. She has had funding from ESRC, the Leverhulme Trust, Scottish Government and third sector organisations. Recent publications include work on the effect of human rights on prison governance; the socially constructive power of policy; the politics of representation and visual criminology; and the role of reflexivity in criminal justice research. She is Co-Editor in Chief (with Michele Burman and Laura Piacentini) of the journal Criminology and Criminal Justice, sits on the Research Advisory Group of The Howard League for Penal Reform (England and Wales) and is a member of the Howard League Scotland and the British Society of Criminology.


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