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Dr Kirsten Besemer is a lecturer at the Griffith Criminology Institute. Her recent research has been primarily focused on the consequences of imprisonment for prisoners’ families and local communities. From 2015-2018, she worked for three years as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on the Vulnerable Families Project, a study of children with fathers in prison and their caregivers under the leadership of Professor Susan Dennison. From 2010-2015, Kirsten worked as a Research Fellow for the Institute for Social Policy, Housing, Equality & Real Estate Research at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, where she conducted a series of research projects relating to public services and housing, including a number of policy evaluations. Selected Project Experience In prison’s shadow: Australian communities with high concentrations of imprisonment. Kirsten Besemer and Professor Susanne Karstedt. This ongoing project (2018-) looks at the effects of imprisonment on communities across Australia. Combining local prison admissions and imprisonment data, crime data and demographic information from 5 Australian States and Territories (including Queensland), this project identifies communities that are disproportionally affected by rising concentrations of imprisonment. The eventual purpose of this project is to test whether rising levels of imprisonment may contribute to rises in local crime. “Vulnerable Families” – Study 3. Susan Dennison and Kirsten Besemer. The primary aim of this research programme was to examine the impact of paternal imprisonment on children and their caregivers, and the imprisoned father through a series of studies. Study 3 involved the analysis of Qualitative and Quantitative data. So far, Study 3 of the Vulnerable Families programme has led to more than seven co-authored publications. “Coping with the cuts”. Hastings, A. , Bailey, N. , Gannon, M., Besemer, K. and Bramley, G. This large research project omprised an evaluation of different strategies through which UK local governments managed service provision to deprived communities after national budget cuts. As well as an in-depth analysis of national data, case studies in three English and one Scottish local authority were conducted. A key focus of the case study work was to assess the cumulative impacts of cuts across a range of services on particular groups and places. Education - 2012 PhD University of Liverpool, United Kingdom - 2005 Master of Science, University of Bath, United Kingdom - 2004 Bachelor of Arts University College Utrecht, Netherlands Professional memberships • Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology • American Society of Criminology
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- MemberGriffith Criminology Institute2016