WCCJ Network Paper Prize

To celebrate excellence in research and scholarship from members of the Network, the Network hosts an annual WCCJ Network Paper Prize.

Previous Prize Winners


Wendy-Fitzgibbon (1)headshot_2018 Dr Wendy Fitzgibbon and Dr Camille M Stengel won the prize for their paper (2017). ‘Women’s voices made visible: Photovoice in visual criminology’. Punishment and Society.

Wendy and Camille’s article considers the effectiveness of photovoice, a form of participatory photography research, as a visual method of enabling and communicating marginalised women’s experiences in criminological research. By utilising the potentially empowering technique of photovoice in two research projects, the narratives of women who inject drugs in Hungary and women who have experienced supervision in England are conveyed through their own participant-generated photographs.



Dr Anastasia Chamberlen won the prize with her paper (2016). ‘Embodying prison pain: Women’s experiences of self-injury in prison and the emotions of punishment’. Theoretical Criminology. 20/2: 205-219.

IMG_2328Anastasia’s work focuses on the lived experiences of women’s imprisonment in England and critiques the effects of imprisonment, focusing on the embodied aspects of women’s identities, self-perceptions and self-presentation in prison. In this powerful paper, she explores how women use their bodies to cope, survive and resist their punishment and criminalisation, and how punishment is inscribed on the prisoner’s body,  both within and after release from prison.