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Career Development Postdoctoral Fellowship in Criminology: Gender, Prison Officer Work, and the Meaning of Care in Staff-Prisoner Relationships.

Sarah aims to gain a solid grounding for an academic career by establishing a good publication record, receiving advanced training in quantitative methods, and developing her teaching ability.  She also aims to communicate the findings from her PhD research to beneficiaries through journal articles and a book that would be relevant and accessible to an academic and practitioner audience, in particular, to prison officers and their managers at local and headquarters level.  The PhD drew on ethnographic interviewing and observation of prisoners and staff in one men’s and one women’s local prison to understand the meaning of ‘care’ for prisoners by prison officers.  The work highlighted the complexity of the role of care in prison officer work with male and female prisoners, and has implications for training of new recruits, professional identity, and consistency in the experience of imprisonment for prisoners.  Dissemination of research on the nature of prison officer work is of current significance due to the rapid expansion of the prison estate and impending recruitment of ten thousand new prison officers. As more women enter this profession, and more women are imprisoned, gender issues are highly relevant to this organisational shift.

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