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Professor of Criminology, University of Bath

Yvonne Jewkes (BA Hons), MA (Leicester), PhD (Cantab) was appointed Professor of Criminology at the University of Bath in September 2018. Prior to this she was Professor of Criminology at the University of Kent. Her main research interest is prisons and the sociology of imprisonment, especially prison architecture, design and technology. She is currently conducting a research study funded by the ESRC (Oct 2018-Sept 2020) on ‘The “Rehabilitation Prison”: An oxymoron or an opportunity to radically reform imprisonment?’ (with Dr Kate Gooch, University of Leicester). Prior to this, she was PI on another three-year ESRC study (2014-2016) titled ‘"Fear-suffused environments" or potential to rehabilitate? Prison architecture, design and technology and the lived experience of carceral spaces’.

Yvonne is also interested in the media-crime-culture nexus ands recently published a new US edition (with Travis Linnemann) of her best-selling book Media & Crime; and a 2nd edition of the Handbook on Prisons (with Ben Crewe and Jamie Bennett). She is series editor of the Sage Key Approaches to Criminology series and (with Ben Crewe and Thomas Ugelvik) the Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology series. Yvonne was a Founding Editor of Crime, Media, Culture: An International Journal. She has guest edited a special issue of Qualitative Inquiry on ‘Doing Prison Research Differently’ April 2014: 20(5); a special issue (with Ben Crewe) of Punishment & Society on 'The Pains of Imprisonment Revisited' December 2011: 13(5); and a special issue of Prison Service Journal on the theme of 'Prison Space' 2010 Vol 187.

Recent Publications

Jewkes, Y. (2018) ‘Just design: healthy prisons and the architecture of hope [John V. Barry endowed memorial lecture]’, Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology [by invitation of the editors] Available OnlineFirst

Jewkes, Y. (2017) ‘Rehabilitation by design: taking prison reform seriously’ Nature Human Behaviour 1: 846-848

Jewkes, Y. and Linnemann, T. (2017) Media and Crime in the US, Los Angeles: Sage

Jewkes, Y. and Moran, D. (2017) ‘Criminology, carceral geography and prison architecture’ in A. Liebling, S. Maruna and L. McAra (eds.) Oxford Handbook of Criminology 6th edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press

Jewkes, Y., Slee, E. and Moran, D. (2017) ‘The visual retreat of the prison: non-places for non-people’, in M. Brown and E. Carrabine (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Visual Criminology

Jewkes, Y. (2017) ‘Prison planning and design: Learning from the past and looking to the future’, Prison Service Journal 231: 15-21

Jewkes, Y. (2016) ‘Designing Punishment in England and Wales: what can be learned from other countries about balancing security, creativity and humanity in contemporary correctional systems?’, Advancing Corrections 1(2): 25-37

Jewkes, Y. and Reisdorf, B. (2016) ‘A Brave New World: the problems and opportunities presented by new media technologies in prisons’ Criminology & Criminal Justice 16(5): 534–551

Reisdorf, B. and Jewkes, Y. (2016) ‘(B)Locked Sites: A pilot study of Internet in British prisons’, Information, Communication and Society special issue commissioned by Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) 19(6) 771-786

Moran, D., Turner, J. and Jewkes, Y. (2016) ‘Becoming Big Things: Building events and the architectural geographies of incarceration in England and Wales’, in Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 41(4): 416-428

Lulham, R., Grant, L., Jewkes, Y. and Tomkin, D. (2016) “The risk of “a cold conservatism” in correctional facility design: the case for design innovation’, in Advancing Corrections 1(1): 12-25

Jewkes, Y. (2016) 'Foreword: The tragicomedy of Perugia: Power and prejudice, visibility and invisibility in the making of a transnational, postmodern media story', in L. Gies and M. Bortoluzzoi (eds) Transmedia Crime Stories: The Trial of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito in the Globalised Media Sphere, London: Palgrave

Jewkes, Y., Bennett, J. and Crewe, B. (eds.) (2016) Handbook on Prisons, revised 2nd edition, Abingdon: Routledge

Jewkes, Y. and Wright, S. (2016) ‘Researching the prison’, in Y. Jewkes, J. Bennett and B. Crewe (eds.) Handbook on Prisons revised 2nd edition, Abingdon: Rutledge

Moran, D., Jewkes, Y. and Turner, J. (2016) ‘Prison design and carceral space’ in Y. Jewkes, J. Bennett and B. Crewe (eds.) Handbook on Prisons revised 2nd edition, Abingdon: Routledge

Jewkes, Y. (2015) Media and Crime, revised 3rd edition, London: Sage

Jewkes, Y. (2015) ‘Fear-suffused hell-holes: the architecture of extreme punishment’, in K. Reiter and A. Koenig (eds.) Extraordinary Punishment: An Empirical Look at Administrative Black Holes in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada, London: Palgrave

Jewkes, Y. (2015) ‘Foreword’, in D. Drake, R. Earle and J. Sloan (eds.) The Palgrave Handbook of Prison Ethnography, Basingstoke: Palgrave

Jewkes, Y. and Moran, D. (2015) ‘The paradox of the “green” prison: sustaining the environment or sustaining the penal complex?’ Theoretical Criminology 19(4): 451-469

Grant, E. and Jewkes, Y. (2015) ‘Designs on punishment: evolving models of spatial confinement in Australia and the USA’, The Prison Journal 95(2) [currently published OnlineFirst]

Moran, D. and Jewkes, Y. (2015) ‘Linking the carceral and the punitive state: A review of research on prison architecture, design, technology and the lived experience of carceral space’, Annales de Géographie 702-703: 163-184

Moran, D. and Jewkes, Y. (2015) ‘”Green” Prisons: Rethinking the “sustainability’ of the carceral estate’, Geographica Helvetica special issue on ‘Criminality and carcerality across boundaries’, 69: 345-353

Jewkes, Y. (2014) ‘Punishment in black and white: Penal ‘hell-holes’, popular media and mass incarceration’, Atlantic Journal of Communication special issue on ‘Reframing Race and Justice in the Age of Mass Incarceration’ 22(1): 42-60

Grant, E. & Jewkes, Y. (2014) ‘”More Important than guns or grog”: The role of television in the lives of Australian Aboriginal prisoners’, Current Issues in Criminal Justice 25(2): 667-683

Jewkes, Y. (2014) ‘An Introduction to “Doing prison research differently”’, Qualitative Inquiry 20(5)

Jewkes, Y. (2014) ‘Afterword: Prison contraction in an age of expansion’ in Mathiesen, T. The Politics of Abolition Revisited, Oslo: Norwegian Universities Press

Jewkes, Y. (2013) ‘Penitentiary systems in the era of Internet services’, Laboratorium: Russian Review of Social Science, 2

Jewkes, Y. (2013) 'Penal aesthetics and the pains of imprisonment' in J. Simon, N. Temple and R. Tobe (eds.) Architecture and Justice, Farnham: Ashgate

Jewkes, Y. (2013) ‘On carceral space and agency’, in D. Moran, N. Gill and D. Conlon, (eds.) Carceral Spaces: Mobility & Agency in Imprisonment & Migrant Detention, Farnham: Ashgate

Jewkes, Y. and Wykes, M. (2013) ‘Reconstructing the sexual abuse of children: “Cyber-paeds”, panic and power’, Sexualities 15(8): 934–952

Cere, R., Jewkes, Y. and Ugelvik, T. (2013) ‘Media and crime: a comparative analysis of crime news in the UK, Norway and Italy’, in M. Hough et al (eds.) European Companion of Criminology, London: Routledge


  • –present
    Professor of Criminology, University of Leicester


Honorary Visiting Professor, University of Melbourne