Anna Kahlisch

MPhil Criminology

Other affiliations

Harris Manchester College


Anna is an MPhil research student at the Centre for Criminology, where she investigates the role of the police and policing in an ever-growing digital society. In particular, she aims to conduct ethnographic work in a comparative case study of cybercrime units in the UK and Germany. She is supervised by Professor Katrin Mueller-Johnson.

Beyond academia, Anna’s professional background centres around digitisation in the public and private sectors. Anna was a research associate at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), where she examined structural and social transformation dealing with socioeconomic inequality in East Germany qualitatively as well as quantitatively. Moreover, she worked at the Inhouse-Consultancy of the German Federal Armed Forces. Here, she was working on a multitude of strategic projects dealing with conceptual realignment and restructuring projects for the German Ministry of Interior and the German Federal Armed Forces. Anna has also worked as a non-residential research fellow at the Oxford-Hainan Blockchain Research Institute, where she performed data analysis on issues such as blockchain policy as well as regulation in Hainan and its global implication in comparison to other free trade zones. Currently, Anna works as a working student at KPMG. Here, her focus mainly resides in high-level strategy projects, especially focussing on digitisation and IT consolidation in the public sector.

Anna holds a BA in Social Science from the Humboldt University Berlin, during which she spent a semester abroad at King's College London. She went on to complete the MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Oxford, where she now continues her studies in the MPhil programme.


Research Interests

General interests include sociology of organisations, public and private policing, cybercrimes.

Research projects & programmes

Centre for Criminology