Anna Eriksson

Assoc Professor

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Dr. Eriksson began working at Monash in 2007, after completing her PhD at Queen's University Belfast, an MPhil in Criminology at Cambridge, England, and a double BA in Criminology and Behavioural Science at Griffith University, Australia. She is originally from Sweden. In 2013, she published the co-authored book Contrast in Punishment: Explaining Anglophone excess and Nordic Exceptionalism (Routlegde), with Professor John Pratt as the lead author. In 2011, she was awarded a prestigeous Australian Research Council DECRA Fellowship on the topic 'Othering in prison policy and practice: A comparative study', The overall aim of this research was to more fully understand the interaction between the prison environment, staff, and inmates in different penal settings. Dr. Eriksson has acted as a consultant for both public and private prison operators, and engages in cross-disciplinary research with the aim of improving policy and practice 

Dr Eriksson has undertaken research ranging from restorative justice and paramilitaries in Northern Ireland; children of prisoners in Australia; the infringement system and its impact on disadvantaged populations in Victoria, Australia; people with acquired brain injury in the criminal justice system in Victoria, Australia.  She is focused on local, national, and international research, and engages in collaboration and cross-disciplinary research across all fields. 

She is the Director of The Imprisonment Observatory (ImO), a virtual collaborative centre that is designed as a platform to recognize, engage in and provide high quality research interrogating the use and practices of imprisonment and detention-related punishments on a global scale in its many contemporary and historical forms. ImO promotes research publications, projects and academic networks:

And she is Deputy Director of the Monash Criminal Justice Research Consortium. 

Research area keywords

  • Prisons
  • Punishment and Society
  • Restorative Justice
  • criminal justice reform
  • Comparative Penology
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