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Anna Eriksson is Director of the Bachelor of Criminology and Associate Professor of Criminology in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University.

Associate Professor Eriksson is an international leader in comparative penology and criminal justice reform. She is the author of Contrasts in Punishment: Explaining Anglophone Excess and Nordic Exceptionalism, Oxford: Routledge, 2013 (with John Pratt), and has held an ARC DECRA award, where she conducted
extensive empirical research (14 prisons and 240 interviews across two countries) that explored how ‘Othering’ of prisoners as individuals, and of prisons as institutions, were achieved in Australia and Norway. She is currently leading an ARC Discovery grant together with Professor Dominque Moran, Birmingham University, on ‘social infrastructure in a society of captives’. Eriksson and Moran are also working with Professor Rose Ricciardelli (Canada) and Dr Jennifer Turner (Germany), and their research explores how prison work can act as a 'bridge' across the armed forces-civilian divide, and act as a vocational pathway for former military personnell.

Associate Professor Eriksson has also undertaken research topics ranging from restorative justice and paramilitary violence in Northern Ireland; children of prisoners in Australia; the infringement system and its impact on disadvantaged populations in Victoria, Australia; and the pathways of people with acquired brain injury and other forms of neurodisability in the criminal justice system.

Her work combines empirical research with interdisciplinary theoretical scholarship that has real-world relevance. She has been involved with and led major national and international cross disciplinary collaborative research, and brings unique expertise to this project around prison practice and policy, and their relationship with social, political, and cultural variables in different national and international contexts.




Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research area keywords

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


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