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Sophie Russell (BSLS, MCrim) is the Research Associate for the Comparative Youth Penality Project and the Rethinking Community Sanctions Project at the University of New South Wales and Research Assistant with Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education & Research at UTS. Sophie has worked in research, policy and advocacy for the Community Restorative Centre and the Sydney Institute of Criminology. She is involved in a voluntary capacity with community sector organisations including as a mentor with the Women's Justice Network and a Director on the board of Glebe House, a residential therapeutic community for men with complex support needs. She is currently a Quentin Bryce Doctoral Scholar at the Faculty of Law, UTS, where she is completing a PhD on post-release policy and practice in NSW and the role of family and social relationships in supporting people to build pathways out of prison.


  • 2018–present
    PhD Candidate, UTS
  • 2015–present
    Research Associate, UNSW


  • 2015 
    University of Sydney, Master of Criminology
  • 2013 
    University of Sydney, Bachelor of Socio-Legal Studies