Short CV/Education and training


  • 1993
    BA Hons Sociology (2:1) Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, Scotland

  • 1995
    MA Criminology (with Distinction) The University of Keele, England

  • 1996
    PgDip Russian Language The University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland

  • 2001
    Phd Work to Live: The Function of Prison Labour in the Russian Prison System (Sociology/Crminology), University College Bangor, The University of Wales, Bangor, Wales

Employment history:

  • 2002
    Lecturer in Criminology, The Law School, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland

  • 2002 – 2006
    Lecturer in Criminology, The Department of Applied Social Sciences, The University of Stirling, Stirling, Scotland

  • 2006 – 2007
    Senior Lecturer, The Law School, The Universirty of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland

  • 2007 – 2013
    Reader in Criminology, The Law School, The University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland

  • Since 2013
    Professor of Criminology, The Law School, The University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland

Selected publications

  • Piacentini, L and Pallot, J. (2014) "In Exile Imprisonment" in Russia, The British Journal of Criminology, Vol. 54 pp. 20-37.

  • Pallot, J. and Piacentini, L. (2012) Gender, Geography and Punishment: The Experience of Women Prisoners in Carceral Russia. Oxford University Press 37.

  • Moran, D, J Pallot & L Piacentini (2013) Privacy in Penal Space: Women's Imprisonment in Russia Geoforum Volume 47, June 2013, Pages 138-146.

  • Moran, D. J. Pallot & L. Piacentini (2011) "The Geography of Crime and Punishment in the Russian Federation", Eurasian Geography and Economics 52 1 79-104.

  • Pallot, J., Piacentini, L. & Moran, D. (2010) Patriotic Discourses in Russia's Penal Peripheries: Remembering the Mordovian Gulag, Europe-Asia Studies 62(1) 1-33.

  • Piacentini, L., Pallot, J. and Moran, D. (2009a) Welcome to "Malaya Rodina" (Little Homeland): Gender, Control and Penal Order in a Russian prison, The Journal of Socio-Legal Studies.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • "A Sociology of Rights Consciousness Amongst Russian Prisoners" Piacentini (Principal Investigator)

    Period March 2015 – June 2017

    Funder: The Leverhulme Trust

  • "Regulating Justice: The dynamics of compliance and breach in "criminal justice social work in Scotland"

    Piacentini, Laura (Co-investigator) Weaver, Elizabeth (Co-investigator) Barry, Monica (Principal Investigator)

    Period 01 Dec 2012 – 30 Nov 2014

    Funder: The Economic and Social Research Council, UK

  • "Women in the Russian penal system: The role of distance in the theory and practice of women's imprisonment in the late soviet and post-soviet Russia"

    Piacentini (Co-Investigator), J. Pallot, Oxford University (Principal Investigator) and D. Moran, University of Birmingham (Co-Investigator)

    Period 2006 – 2011

    Funder: The Economic and Social Research Council, UK

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

Academic Journal Editor Positions:

  • Member Editorial Advisory Board: Criminal Justice Matters, since 2006

  • Member Editorial Board British Journal of Community Justice, since 2005

  • Member Editorial Board British Journal of Criminology, 2006 – 2010

  • Member Editorial Board Europe-Asia Studies, since 2012

  • Member International Advisory Board: Punishment and Society, since 2014

  • Member Editorial Board European Journal of Criminology, 2014


  • Howard League for Penal Reform, Scotland, since 2003

  • British Society of Criminology, since 1994

  • Howard League for Penal Reform, England and Wales, since 1997

  • Member of Executive Committee Centre for Law and Society, Edinburgh University, 2001 – 2002

  • "HOPE" – registered charity representing prisoner's families: Stirling Region Representative, 2002 – 2009

  • Scottish Society for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders, since 2001

Media coverage

  • Regular commentator on Russian prisons, penal reform in Russia and the politicisation of punishment in Russia and in the post-Soviet region

  • February (2006) The Times Higher Educational Supplement: "Academic Profile" (issue 14/04/06)

  • February (2005) Photographic exhibition on Siberian prisons, Impressions Gallery, York, England. Radio interview on BBC Radio 4 (see below) used as part of exhibition on Siberian Prisons. Visitors could listen to the interview as they follow the exhibition.

  • January (2005) BBC Radio 4 interviewed by Professor Laurie Taylor on the programme, "Thinking Allowed". Recorded December 17 2004, broadcast January 05 2005. Programme featured as "Pick of the Week" in The Guardian and The Times. Available at:

  • November (2004) Book launch at Stirling University. Invited guests who attended included the Ombudsman for Scottish Prisons and senior officials at the Scottish Prison Service and Stirling University's Principal and Vice-Chancellor.

  • March (2003) BBC Scotland: Launch of Scotland's First Criminology Degrees at the Stirling University (including the Herald Newspaper and the Times Higher Educational Supplement).

  • Since 1997 regular interviews for local Russian TV and newspapers during fieldwork phases of research.

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family


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