Emma Trottier

School of Law

Research Student


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Emma Trottier
School of Law
Bartolomé House
Winter Street
S3 7ND

Emma joined the School of Law in October 2019. Prior to beginning her PhD, Emma spent a decade working in corrections and criminal justice policy in Canada. She began her career with the Correctional Service of Canada addressing grievances from prisoners via the formal redress process.

While working for the Department of Public Safety, Emma led the development of Cabinet briefing material on matters ranging from the conditional release of offenders to sentencing policy. Subsequent to her roles in Canada, Emma acted as the Policy and Parliamentary Manager for a feminist organisation in Scotland, where she led on specific policy issues including reproductive health and social security.


MSt in Applied Penology, Criminology and Management, University of Cambridge, 2017 (Distinction) BA, Double Major, Political Science and International Development, Dalhousie University, 2007

Research interests

Exploring the pains of remand and their influence on courts’ measurement of penal severity. 

The research will investigate the pains of remand in Canada and in England and Wales to explore the extent to which the qualitative dimension of remand, considered retrospectively, influences courts’ prospective measurement of severity. As remand is one of the factors a court may consider at the time of sentencing, the research will explore the experiences of remand and whether and to what extent these experiences may influence the sanction imposed by the court.

Supervisors: Dr David Hayes and Dr Gwen Robinson.

The study is funded by a University of Sheffield School of Law Scholarship (2019-2023).

Professional activities

Trottier, E. (2017). ”From Prison to Poverty”. Scottish Justice Matters. 5(2), 17-18.