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Inspiring Futures

Inspiring Futures

Main Contacts: Loraine Gelsthorpe and Caroline Lanskey

The research is a partnership venture between the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance, leading arts organisations and the University of Cambridge Institute of Criminology. It will develop a theoretically informed understanding of the contribution of 'the Arts' in criminal justice and an innovative and sustainable participatory evaluation research methodology including a digital data collection app. 



Our Aims

The primary aims of the Centre are to:

  • bring together research interests relating to community sanctions (with a European and international as well as a national focus), gender, crime and justice
  • develop the links between criminal justice and social justice
  • give students and colleagues working in these broad areas a clear identity.   

A second, but no less important, objective is to use the Centre as a base from which to apply for research funding. 

Thirdly, the Centre links academic and practitioner related interests - organising a number of workshops with members of the National Probation Service, Community Rehabilitation Companies, voluntary organisations and youth justice agencies. 

The Centre holds occasional seminars and workshops and runs a monthly reading group.