Zarek is a part-time DPhil candidate at the Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford. He is conducting an English longitudinal study exploring men's and women's experiences of imprisonment and their resettlement into society. This project is supervised by Professor Mary Bosworth. 

He currently works at Cabinet Office as a Senior Policy Advisor, following his Analyst position at the Home Office. He was highly commended for the 2017 John Sunley Prize. In 2015, he was one of few selected to participate in the Cambridge 'Learning Together' educational initiative at HMP Grendon - an environment bringing people in criminal justice and higher education to study together in transformative learning communities. 

Prior to doctoral study, Zarek completed the MPhil Criminological Research programme at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge, and read BSc Criminology and Sociology at Royal Holloway, University of London, where he graduated with a first class degree. His research interests include prison sociology, punishment and society and desistance. 


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Journal Article (3)

ZK Khan, 'A typology of prisoner compliance to the Incentives and Earned Privileges scheme: Theorising the neoliberal self and staff–prisoner relationships' (2020) Criminology & Criminal Justice
This article is based on interview data (N = 16) collected in a medium security men’s English prison (HMP Wandsworth). It begins with an introduction of the Incentives and Earned Privileges scheme and outlines the amendments to Incentives and Earned Privileges that have transformed prisoners’ requirements for progression during their sentence. As the article demonstrates, the policy alteration increases the need for prisoners to be visibly compliant by staff in order to advance through the scheme; it is no longer sufficient to be invisibly compliant. To this end, I present a typology of visibility that illustrates prisoner compliance and outcomes to the Incentives and Earned Privileges scheme. The article situates the revisions made to Incentives and Earned Privileges against the backdrop of neoliberal informed penal politics. The article concludes by summarising the key theoretical and practical implications of the study.

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