Anna Eriksson

Assoc Professor

Accepting PhD Students


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Personal profile


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


Research Output

A successful ceremony of reintegration: Reimagining parole through The Chat

Eriksson, A., 2019, To Meet Yourself: Performing the Parole Interview in The Chat. Brennan, J. R. (ed.). St Kilda Vic Australia: Aphids, p. 123-142 15 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Research

How fathers construct and perform masculinity in a liminal prison space

Bartlett, T. S. & Eriksson, A., Jul 2019, In : Punishment & Society. 21, 3, p. 275-294 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

5 Citations (Scopus)

Friend or foe: the media’s power to inform and shape societal attitudes towards people with acquired brain injury

Saunders, B. J., Lansdell, G., Eriksson, A. & Bunn, R., 2018, In : Disability and Society. 33, 6, p. 932-953 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

3 Citations (Scopus)


Punishment and Society (Journal)

Marie Therese Segrave (Guest editor), Claire Spivakovsky (Guest editor), Anna Eriksson (Guest editor)
15 May 2017

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review responsibility

Public Lecture at the Wheeler Centre,Melbourne. Title: The Power of Reform: Imprisonment and mental health in Victoria

Anna Eriksson (Host), Marie Therese Segrave (Contributor), Claire Spivakovsky (Contributor)
23 Feb 2017

Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and EventsPublic event

Prisons 2016: Design and Construction

Anna Eriksson (Invited speaker)
8 Dec 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

Reviewer of research grant

Anna Eriksson (Reviewer)
16 Jun 2016

Activity: External Academic EngagementGrant review responsibilities

University of Cambridge (External organisation)

Anna Eriksson (Advisor)
1 Jan 2016 → …

Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsMembership of an advisory panel/policy group/ board

Press / Media

The State of Imprisonment: Victoria is leading the nation backwards

Emma Kate Russell, Anna Margareta Eriksson & Marie Therese Segrave


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Scandinavian Prison Practice

Anna Eriksson


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Female prisoners and dress codes

Anna Eriksson


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment