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Economic, Social and Political Sciences

ESRC Festival of Social Sciences events: Behind the walls of your local nick Event

15:00 - 16:30
10 November 2015
University of Southampton

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Event details

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the walls of your ‘local nick’, HMP Winchester?

ESRC Social Sciences festival

Researchers from across Social Sciences at the University of Southampton will be showcasing their expertise as part of the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) Festival of Social Science 2015.

We all have an idea of what prison is like, from news stories or fictional dramas, but what is it really like to live, or work, behind bars? Are prison staff really able to help prisoners to change, or is it sufficient to ensure they do not escape? Are drugs and violence an inevitable component of inmate culture? Is there, as some commentators suggest, a ‘crisis’ in our prison system?

This is your chance to hear from, and ask questions of, HMP Winchester’s Governor in Charge, David Rogers, in conversation with University of Southampton Lecturer in Criminology, Dr Alisa Stevens.


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ESRC Festival of Social Sciences

This year’s ESRC Festival of Social Sciences takes place across the UK from November 7-14 and will feature more than 200 different events including public debates, conferences, workshops, interactive seminars, film screenings and virtual exhibitions.

It provides an opportunity to meet with some of the country’s leading social scientists and discover, discuss and debate the role that research plays in everyday life.

To find out more about the festival and events visit or join the discussion on Twitter at #esrcfestival


Speaker information

Dr Alisa Stevens,lecturer in Criminology, explores in her research the imprisonment and rehabilitation of people serving long sentences for violent crimes.

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