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Senior Research Associate in Criminology, University of Cambridge

Dr Susie Hulley is a Senior Research Associate at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge. She was awarded a PhD from the University of London in 2008 for her thesis on the perceptions and experiences of anti-social behaviour (ASB) amongst adults and young people and police responses to ASB. Since this time, Susie has worked on a range of research studies including a comparison of the values, practices and outcomes in public and private sector prisons. Most recently, she has been co-investigator on a major ESRC funded study of the experiences of prisoners serving very long sentences from a young age (with Professor Ben Crewe and Dr Serena Wright) and a large ESRC funded study of conceptions of friendship, violence and legal consciousness in the context of ‘joint enterprise’ (with Dr Tara Young). Susie is currently involved in a research project (with Professor Ben Crewe and Dr Serena Wright), funded by the ESRC, which involves following up the men and women sentenced to life imprisonment at a young age, who were interviewed for the original study, to understand their experience of long-term imprisonment over time.

Susie is on the Advisory Board for the Prison Reform Trust's Building Futures Programme - a five year project examining the experience of men and women serving at least 10 years in custody. Susie is particularly interested in young people's experiences of the criminal justice system, the legal doctrine of joint enterprise (secondary liability), the process of criminalisation, and the experience of life imprisonment.

Bodymaps’ created by men in prison, as part of the study of ‘joint enterprise’ (by Susie and Dr Tara Young), are currently being exhibited at the ‘Power: Freedom to Create’ exhibition hosted by the National Justice Museum, in partnership with Koestler Arts (

Selected and forthcoming papers:

Hulley, S. (in press), ‘Defending co-offending women: Recognising domestic abuse and coercive control in ‘joint enterprise cases’ involving women and their intimate partners’, Howard Journal of Crime and Justice.

Hulley, S. and Young, T. (2021) ‘Silence, Joint Enterprise and the Legal Trap’, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Online.

Wright, S. Hulley, S. and Crewe, B. (2021) ‘The pains of imprisonment for life during late adolescence and emerging adulthood’. In Cox A., Abrams L.S. (eds.) The Palgrave International Handbook of Youth Imprisonment. Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology. Palgrave Macmillan.

Young, T., Hulley, S., and Pritchard, G. (2020), ‘A ‘Good Job’ in Difficult Conditions: Detectives’ Reflections, Decisions and Discriminations in the Context of ‘Joint Enterprise’. Theoretical Criminology, 24(3): 461-481.

Crewe, B., Hulley, S., and Wright, S. (2020), Life Imprisonment from Young Adulthood: Adaptation, Identity and Time. Palgrave.

Hulley, S., Crewe, B., and Wright, S. (2019), ‘Making Sense of Joint Enterprise for Murder: Legal Legitimacy or Instrumental Acquiescence?’, British Journal of Criminology. 59(6):1328–1346.

Crewe, B., Hulley, S. and Wright, S. (2019), ‘What Should Happen to People Who Commit Murder?’. In A. Fox and A. Frater, Crime and Consequence: What Should Happen to People who Commit Criminal Offences. The Monument Fellowship.

Crewe, B., Hulley, S., and Wright, S. (2017), ‘The Gendered Pains of Life Imprisonment’. British Journal of Criminology. 57(6): 1359–1378.

Wright, S., Crewe, B., and Hulley, S. (2017), ‘Suppression, Denial, Sublimation: Defending Against the Initial Pains of Very Long Life Sentences.’, Theoretical Criminology, 21(2): 225-246.

Hulley, S., Crewe, B. and Wright, S. (2016), ‘Re-Examining the Problems of Long-Term Imprisonment’, British Journal of Criminology, 56(4): 769-792.

Crewe, B., Hulley, S., Wright, S. (2016), ‘Swimming with the Tide: Adapting to Long-Term Imprisonment’, Justice Quarterly, 34(3): 517-541.

Crewe, B., Hulley, S., and Wright, S. (2014). Written Evidence Submitted to the House of Commons Justice Committee on Joint Enterprise. Available online


  • 2007–present
    Senior research associate, University of Cambridge
  • 2003–2004
    Research Fellow, University College London


  • 2008 
    University College London, PhD

Grants and Contracts

  • 2020
    Long-term Imprisonment from Young Adulthood: A Longitudinal Follow up Study
    Funding Source:
    Economic and Social Research Council
  • 2017
    Conceptions of Violence, Friendship and Legal Consciousness in the Context of Joint Enterprise
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Economic and Social Research Council
  • 2012
    Experiencing Very Long Term Imprisonment from Young Adulthood: Identity, Adaptation and Penal Legitimacy
    Funding Source:
    Economic and Social Research Council