Dr Alice Ievins

Postdoctoral Researcher at Institute of Criminology


Alice has a BA degree in English Literature, a Master's degree in Criminological Research, and a PhD on the prison experiences of men convicted of sexual offences. She has worked for the Comparative Penology project, conducting ethnographic research in England & Wales and Norway in prisons holding women and prisons holding men convicted of sex offences. Between October 2018 and September 2019, she was an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow, developing and publishing her work on the imprisonment of men convicted of sex offences. She now holds an ESRC New Investigator’s Grant, researching everyday ethics in prisons for young men. She also teaches on the MSt and MPhil courses at the Institute of Criminology and co-convenes a course on The Good Life and the Good Society at HMP Whitemoor, as part of the Learning Together network.

Alice has significant experience of ethnographic and qualitative research within prisons and is interested in how it feels to be punished, and on how prisoners individually and collectively adapt to their punishment. She has developed a particular interest in the moral connotations of punishment, including how prisoners react both to having done a bad thing, to being told they are bad people, and living with other people who are labelled as bad. She has published and presented on topics including moral community among sex offenders, lateral regulation, closeness, distance and honesty in ethnographic research, and processes of inclusion and exclusion in England & Wales and Norway.