Alice Ievins is a Research Associate at the Prisons Research Centre at the Institute of Criminology. She is currently working on an ESRC-funded project on ethics in an English prison holding young men. This project builds on scholarship by anthropologists of ethics to explore how young men (those aged 18-24) try to live good lives, as defined by them, while they are incarcerated, and how the prisons make this easier and more difficult.
During her PhD, which she completed in Cambridge, Alice explored the experiences of imprisonment for men convicted of sex offences and considered what prisons as morally communicative institutions say to those they hold about their offending and sexualities. She built on this work after her PhD, working on a large-scale project comparing experiences of punishment in England & Wales and Norway. She has published several journal articles and book chapters on this work, and is currently working on a book provisionally entitled The Stains of Imprisonment: Moral Communication and Social Relationships in a Prison for Men Convicted of Sex Offences.