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Estelle Zinsstag (MSc, PhD) is currently a departmental lecturer in criminology at the Centre for Criminology (University of Oxford, UK) and a senior researcher at the Leuven Institute of Criminology (LINC) (University of Leuven, Belgium). At LINC she recently coordinated and was principal investigator on a European Commission Daphne project on sexual violence and restorative justice. Previously she lead an European Commission Action Grant project for the European Forum for Restorative Justice on ‘Conferencing: A way forward for restorative justice in Europe’. 

She is joint-chair of the Working Group on Restorative Justice at the European Society of Criminology and of the Scottish Network for Restorative Justice Researcher as well as an associate member of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (UK). She is a founding member and the managing editor of The International Journal of Restorative Justice and co-chief editor of the book series Studies in Restorative Justice both published by Eleven International Publishing (The Netherlands).

 She has been a visiting fellow at Cornell Law School (USA) and been invited to present her work in the USA, Hong Kong, Iran, Brazil, Australia, Germany, Poland, Hungary, the UK, Belgium, France, Spain and Portugal. 




Research Interests

She publishes mainly in the fields of sexual violence, restorative justice and transitional justice. Most recently she published with Lode Walgrave and Tony Ward an article in the European Journal of Criminology entitled ‘When restorative justice meets the Good Lives model: contributing to a criminology of trust’ (2019) and edited a book with Marie Keenan entitled Sexual violence and restorative justice: legal, social and therapeutical dimensions for Routledge (2017). She is currently working on 2 further books on related topics.

Options taught

Criminology and Criminal Justice, Victims and Restorative Justice, Qualitative Methods , Youth Justice, Core Course II - Understanding Criminal Justice

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