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Working Title of PhD: Improving Post-Prison Re/Integration in Scotland Through Collaboration: a Glasgow case

Year commenced PhD study: 2016-2017 Institution/Organisation: University of Glasgow

Funding Source (if any): 1+3 ESRC studentship Full or part-time: Full time

PhD Supervisors: Fergus McNeill, Catherine Happer and Jo Ferrie

Synopsis of PhD:

My PhD project uses an innovative and sophisticated methodology in order to study the ‘same old problem’ of post-prison re/integration in a new way. I have formed and am facilitating and being a member of a heterogeneous research group whose purpose is to collaboratively gain a better understanding of post-prison re/integration. The group meets every 6 weeks or so over 12 months in order, through dialogue, to explore each other´s knowledge about post-prison re/integration and then to co-produce knowledge about this topic. To do this, we are collaboratively answering three questions: What is post-prison re/integration? How is post-prison re/integration supported and experienced in Glasgow? How can post-prison re/integration in Glasgow be improved?

The second aim of this project is to study if, to what extent, why and how this process of co-exploration and co-production of knowledge helps to develop our a) individual, b) collective, and c) academic knowledge/understandings about/of re/integration.

Relevant publications

Rubio Arnal, A. (2016a). ‘Listening to Distant Voices‘.

Rubio Arnal, A. (2016b). ‘Reforming me, reforming “us“‘. In the blog ‘Discovering desistance’.

Rubio Arnal, A. (2014a). ‘Changing Attitudes: a Research on Attitudes of Religious Groups Towards Former Prisoners Reentry

Rubio Arnal, A. (2014b). ‘Reforming Attitudes to People Who Have Been in Prison: The Importance of Emotions’. In the blog ‘Discovering desistance’.

Rubio Arnal, A. (2014c). ‘Rehabilitation and Desistance’.




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Research Themes

Punishment, Citizenship and Communities

Knowledge Exchange and Engagement

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