Lead by Mary Bosworth this project has many strands, including work on everyday life in immigration detention centres in the UK of staff and detainees, and human rights monitoring of detention sites in Greece, Hungary and Italy.  In 2010, Mary created the Measure of the Quality of Life in Detention (MQLD) Survey. With assistance from Alice Gerlach, in 2017, the survey and its methodology was thoroughly revised. The survey has been adopted for use also in Portugal and Italy. Mary's work on detention has been ongoing since 2009 and has lead to numerous publications, many of which are available free to access on the Border Criminologies SSRN paper series.




  • M Bosworth and Turnbull, Sarah, 'Immigration Detention and the Expansion of Penal Power in the UK' in K. Reiter and A. Koenig. (eds), Extreme Punishment (Palgrave 2015)
  • M Bosworth, 'Immigration Detention and Penal Power' in M Flynn and M. Flynn (eds), Challenging Immigration Detention—: Academics, Activists, Policymakers (Edward Elgar Publishers 2017)
    ISBN: 978 1 78536 805 9