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Ruth Doubleday


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Ruth Doubleday joined the University of Bath in 2020 as a Research Associate on the ESRC-funded Rehabilitative Prison project. Ruth has extensive experience in the areas of prison research, research consultancy, and project management. She has conducted independent research in the prison environment for her BSc, MSc and doctoral degrees and is currently preparing to submit her PhD thesis entitled ‘Keeping it Tidy: Maintaining Order in a Welsh Local Prison’, supervised by Dr Kirsty Hudson and Professor Gordon Hughes at Cardiff University. For her ethnographic-style doctoral research, Ruth employed a variety of methods to explore the experiences of those living and working in a male local prison. Her research interests lie in the field of imprisonment, including prison order maintenance, penal legitimacy, and the disparate experience of male incarceration. Informed by her empirical research, Ruth has written reports for HMPPS and prison management teams to inform local practice on achieving decency in prisons. She has contributed to policy debates surrounding prison provision in Wales and, following an internship within the Welsh Assembly Government, produced a report recommending strategies for measuring well-being across Wales and internationally. Inspired by her background in adult mental health care, Ruth is committed to better understanding coercive confinement from the perspectives of both staff and prisoners and has recently taken on the role of managing the inaugural Centre for Prisons Research at the University of Bath.



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