Emma Patchett


I have conducted interdisciplinary research at the University of Helsinki on immigration detention, and at Kate Hamburger Kolleg in Germany on law and culture. I was a Marie Curie Research Fellow at WWU Münster as part of the CoHAB (diasporic Constructions of Home and Belonging) ITN. My research for this project was entitled ‘Spacing (in) Diaspora: Law, Literature and the Roma”. 


Research interests

This research project examines the interrelationship between law and public space by analysing the punitive measures taken to exclude 'non-sedentary' populations from public space, focusing on the use of  Public Space Protection Orders (s59 Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014) and the criminalisation of trespass in the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022 (specifically in relation to unauthorised encampments and temporary structures). 


  • PhD WWU Münster
  • GDL University of Law
  • PGCE Newcastle University
  • LLM International and European Human Rights
  • BA (Hons) English Literature and Language, King’s College London

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Criminal Justice Studies