Hannah Marshall

PhD Research Student at Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge


Hannah received her BA from the University of Cambridge, gaining a first-class degree with distinction in Sociology. She then completed a MA in Sociocultural Anthropology at Brown University, working with people leaving prison to explore their experiences of accessing employment. For this work, Hannah was awarded the 2016 Halperin Memorial Fund Award and the 2017 Hazeltine Fellowship. While at Brown, Hannah also partnered with the sex workers’ rights organisation COYOTE to research the impact of human trafficking legislation on sex worker safety.

Hannah has a strong interest in applied research and her professional background is in policy evaluation. As a researcher with the consultancy firm Cordis Bright, Hannah contributed to the evaluation of a range of criminal justice and social care initiatives including: ‘Making Every Adult Matter’ (MEAM) a national programme providing flexible support to people experiencing multiple and complex disadvantages; the Cambridgeshire OPCC conditional cautions programme; and the Northumbria OPCC whole-systems approach to domestic violence.

Before joining the Institute of Criminology as a PhD student, Hannah also worked as a research assistant at the Institute for Dr Caroline Lanskey and Dr Joel Harvey on the ‘Ruralities and Rule-breaking’ project, exploring the practice of youth justice work in rural settings.

Hannah's PhD supervisors are Professor Loraine Gelsthorpe and Dr Caroline Lanskey.

Hannah’s current research interests centre around trafficking and exploitation, with a specific focus on labour exploitation – including criminal exploitation and county lines offending. Her current ESRC and Newnham College funded PhD research focuses on how experiences of victimization and offending overlap in contexts of exploitation. Working collaboratively with staff in policing, youth justice, social care, education and the voluntary sector, as well as with exploitation-involved persons themselves, this research will explore the ways in which we can improve the support available for those with dual experiences of victimization and offending in contexts of trafficking and exploitation.

Hannah is also the founder and co-convenor of the research network ‘Critical Approaches to Vulnerability in Empirical Research’ (CAVER), and has a particular interest working collaboratively with research participants with lived experience of marginalization and disadvantage, in order to develop participatory, inclusive and de-colonizing approaches to research on social issues.