Dr Laura Bainbridge


I joined the School of Law as a Lecturer in Criminal Justice in January 2020, having previously been employed as ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

I sit on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Social Policy and am the founder of Policy Imitation Hub and the UK Compulsory Sobriety Network.

Research interests

My scholarly interests lie at the nexus between social policy, criminology and political science. I specialise in enforced alcohol abstinence and the multi-level processes in which violence reduction policies ‘travel’ across the globe. My ESRC-funded doctoral research reconstructed the (in)formal events that led to the development and implementation of the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime’s Alcohol Abstinence Monitoring Requirement (AAMR) Pilot – a pilot that was inspired by the South Dakota 24/7 Sobriety Project. I am currently conducting empirical research in the UK and the United States that explores the benefits and hazards of mandating domestic violence perpetrators to a period of compulsory sobriety. The findings of this study will be disseminated to academic, governmental and practitioner audiences in 2021.

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  • PhD Social Policy
  • MA Social Policy
  • BA (Hons) Politics

Professional memberships

  • British Society of Criminology
  • European Society of Criminology
  • Social Policy Association

Student education

I currently teach on the following modules:

  • Criminology - Theories and Concepts
  • Technology, Crime and Justice

I also supervise undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations.

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