Jasmina is an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Criminology, Oxford. Jasmina's postdoctoral project explores the ways in which risk assessment informs practitioners' intervention planning on a daily basis and how it affects young people and their parents of different backgrounds and personal characteristics, looking specifically at the intersections between social class, race and ethnicity, gender, mental health and disability. The project aims to revisit the principles in which the current risk-and-needs-focused intervention planning frameworks are grounded, and suggest possible alternative foundations for not only formally equal, but also procedurally and substantively fairer responses to youth delinquency. 

Jasmina is currently preparing a monograph (Routledge 2021) (forthcoming) based on her doctoral research. The book’s main objective is to examine how a family’s social class on one side, and organisational working practices and discourses within agencies dealing with young offenders on the other, impacts the views and decisions of practitioners that work with young people in trouble with the law and their parents, and the consequences of these effects for their future lives. 

Jasmina holds an MPhil in Criminology & Criminal Justice (2015, with Distinction) and a DPhil in Criminology (2019, no corrections) from the University of Oxford and a BA in Law (2009, cum laude) from the University of Ljubljana. During her doctorate, Jasmina was the founder and convenor of the Criminology Working Group at Green Templeton College, Oxford. She also acted as a research assistant in several projects: The Adolescent to Parent Violence (APV) project, the Excluded Lives project and the Crime and Mental Health conference. In 2015 and 2016, Jasmina organised the first two Graduate Conferences in Criminology in Oxford. Before commencing her doctorate, Jasmina worked as a judicial assistant at the District and Appellate Courts in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Her publications include articles on various topics linked to criminology. 

Her research is funded by the ESRC.


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  • J Arnez and R Condry, 'Criminological Perspectives on School Exclusion and Youth Offending' (2021) Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties (forthcoming)
  • J Arnez, Negotiating Youth Deviance and Parenting: Exploring the Effects of Social Class in Professional Interactions (Routledge 2021) (forthcoming)
  • J Arnez, 'Mark Halsey and Melissa de Vel-Palumbo, Generations through Prison: Experiences of Intergenerational Incarceration' (2020) Criminology & Criminal Justice [Review] (forthcoming)
  • J Arnez, 'Institutional Responses to Youth Deviance and Parenting: Exploring Professional Perceptions on the Role of Social Class at the Beginnings of Offending Pathways and Desistance from Crime' in Albrecht, H.J., Walsh, M. and Weinhausen-Knezevic, E. (eds), Desistance Processes among Young Offenders Following Judicial Interventions (Berlin: Dunckel & Humblot 2019)
  • J Arnez, 'Examining Risk as a Political Construct: The Impact of Changing Views of the Prevailing Threats to Public Safety on the Definition of Risk ' in Mesko, G. and Lobnikar, B. (eds), Criminal Justice and Security in Central and Eastern Europe: Safety, Security and Social Control in Local Communities (Ljubljana: Faculty of Criminal Justice and Security 2016)
  • J Arnez, 'The Potential Use of Legitimate Force for the Preservation of Order: Defining the Inherent Role of Public Police through Policing Functions that Cannot be Carried Out by Private Police ' (2016) The Journal of Legal Studies (Slovenia) 23


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Research Interests

crime and the family, youth justice, politics of crime control, sociology of deviance, inequality

Research projects