Dr Caroline Lanskey

BA (Leicester), PGCE (Oxford), MPhil, PhD

Fellow (A), College Lecturer, Assistant Tutor, Postgraduate Mentor

College Roles

  • Fellow (A)
  • College Lecturer in Criminology
  • Assistant Tutor (Undergraduates)
  • Postgraduate Mentor

University Roles

  • University Assistant Professor in Criminology & Criminal Justice at the Institute of Criminology


Email: cml29@cam.ac.uk


Dr Caroline Lanskey is a researcher in education and criminology, with a particular interest in young people and the justice system.

She is University Assistant Professor in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the Institute of Criminology and Deputy Director of the Institute’s research Centre for Community, Gender and Social Justice.

After an earlier career in teaching and educational research, she joined the Institute of Criminology in 2006.

Dr Lanskey teaches and supervises students at undergraduate, masters and PhD levels. She is the course organiser of the ‘Foundations of Criminology and Criminal Justice’ course as part of the joint sociology/criminology degree for students on the Human, Social and Political Sciences Tripos.

Research Interests

Dr Caroline Lanskey’s research interests stem from her cross-disciplinary experience of education and criminology and include youth justice, education and the arts in criminal justice, citizenship and migration, youth voice and participation, the experiences of prisoners’ families and research methodologies.

Over the past twelve years she has worked on an evaluation of a training intervention for staff in secure settings for young people; an ESRC postdoctoral research fellowship on the education of young people in custody; a study of risk and protective factors associated with the resettlement of imprisoned fathers with their families and an analysis of criminal justice processes through the eyes of families bereaved through homicide.

She has led a number of research studies including a study of the education pathways of young people in the youth justice system funded by the Society for Educational Studies; an evaluation of the Ormiston Families ‘Breaking Barriers’ programme, a historical review of safeguarding children in the secure estate and was co-PI for a European evaluation of restorative prison and probation programmes in Hungary, Germany, Latvia and Bulgaria.

She is currently leading the Families and Imprisonment Research (FAIR) Study and is co-PI on a research study of youth justice and rurality.