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Sophie Russell is a Quentin Bryce Doctoral Scholar at the Faculty of Law, UTS where she is currently undertaking PhD research on the experiences of punishment and rehabilitation in NSW and the role of family and social relationships in supporting people to build pathways out of prison. She has previously worked in various roles in academic and community sector settings, including as a Research Associate at Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research at UTS and the Faculty of Law and Justice at UNSW. She currently works as a Senior Research Officer at the Community Restorative Centre, a non-government organisation that provides support to people leaving prison and their families.


  • 2015–present
    Research Associate, UNSW
  • 2018–present
    PhD Candidate, UTS
  • 2022–present
    Senior Research Officer, Community Restorative Centre
  • 2020–2021
    Research Associate, UTS


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