From 2010-2012 Mary designed and implemented the Measure of the Quality of Life in Detention (MQLD). Results from this multi-site survey have been published in two separate reports. A third trial is under preparation and will be completed in 2016 across 4 different IRCs, before being considered for sector-wide adoption by the Home Office.
In 2013, Professor Bosworth was invited to present on ‘vulnerable people in detention’ at the Council of Europe as part of a bid to design guidelines about minimum standards in detention. Her contribution was used to help revise the standards before they were sent out. Within the UK her 2014 book on immigration detention is used by HMIP in training of new members of the immigration detention inspection team. In 2015 Mary was commissioned to produce a literature review on Mental Health in Immigration Detention for the Independent Review of Welfare by Stephen Shaw, the former Prison and Probation Ombusdman. This document, tabled to Parliament, is currently under review by the Home Secretary.
Professor Bosworth is also Director of Border Criminologies, a large-scale international network of scholars and practitioners and a web-based platform, which showcases original research on the intersections between migration control and criminal justice. Border Criminologies, which founded and hosts the only open access SSRN journal on these issues, as well as an active blog, social media and teaching resources is supported by funding from the European Research Council and the Leverhulme Trust. Border Criminologies has given its name to a new subfield of criminology, with the first appointment recently advertised in it at Birkbeck Law School, in the University of London.
Border Criminologies is funded by a Leverhulme International Network grant (Janyary 2014-December 2016) and an ERC Starter Investigator Grant (October 2012-September 2017)