Gabrielle Watson was awarded a doctorate in Criminology from the University of Oxford in December 2016. Her thesis, which offers the first sustained examination of the role and value of ‘respect’ in a critical analysis of criminal justice, was supervised by Professor Ian Loader. She was formerly an ESRC Scholar at the Oxford Centre for Criminology and Martin Senior Scholar at Worcester College, Oxford.

Gabrielle holds an LLB with First Class Honours from the University of Edinburgh and an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice with Distinction from the University of Oxford, for which she was awarded an Oxford Criminology Graduate Scholarship and the Roger Hood Prize for the best performance.

Gabrielle’s research has contributed to 40 major projects at Oxford, including six edited collections and three monographs on topics in criminology and criminal justice. In 2016, she was commissioned by Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland to produce a review of the literature on the experiences of older prisoners in the UK and internationally. Her writing has appeared in Criminology and Criminal Justice and Theoretical Criminology and will shortly appear in Restorative Justice.


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Research Interests

Policing; imprisonment; the ethics of criminal justice; the language of criminal justice

Research projects