Ryan Casey

PhD Student

University of Glasgow


Working title of PhD: The lived experience of penal electronic monitoring

Year commenced PhD study: 2017

Institution: University of Glasgow

Funding: College of Social Science Scholarship

Full-time or part-time: Full-time

PhD supervisors: Professor Fergus McNeill and Dr. Alistair Fraser

Synopsis of PhD:

Ryan is researching the everyday experience of being subject to penal electronic monitoring (EM) in Scotland. Associated with the proliferated use of digital technology in the criminal justice system, EM remains misunderstood despite its use for decades in community sentencing and as a condition for early-release from prison. Drawing from an ethnographic methodology, this study will explore the distinct networks of connectivity generated by digital penal technologies, and how meaning is constructed by the various actors subjected to and within the penal surveillance regime. Ryan’s fieldwork consists of in-depth interviews with people with lived experience of EM, as well as participant observation of the staff and community-based activities of the private sector organisation contracted to provide EM to Scotland.

Keywords: electronic monitoring; supervision; community sentence

Relevant Publications:

Journal articles:

Casey, R. (2017) ‘Transit: An analysis of networked criminal groups and criminal opportunities at transit ports’, Cogent: Social Sciences, 3(1): 1-10.

Casey, R. (2015) ‘Analyzing criminality in the market for ancient Near Eastern art’, Journal of Art Crime, 13: 39-49.


Bainbridge, L., Berry, C., Casey, R. (2017) Tracking People: Looking to the future conference report. Leeds: University of Leeds.



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