Ruwani Fernando

School of Law

Research Student

Profile

I joined the School of Law in November 2017 when I started my PhD, during which I taught second and third year students and obtained Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. Before this, I worked as an intern researcher at the probation services in Paris. I am interested in comparative work, desistance from crime, rehabilitation, probation and community punishment, preventing reoffending and the collateral consequences of penal punishment.

Qualifications
  • BA Sociology with Criminology, University of York
  • MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Edinburgh
Research interests

'Comparing Desistance Processes: a Cross-National Analysis of Experiences in France and England' - s, funded by the School of Law. My doctoral research comparatively explores subjective experiences of desistance processes in France and England. The study is based on empirical qualitative data, gathered from in-depth interviews with people supervised on probation in Paris and Sheffield.

Supervisors:  Dr David Thompson and Professor Stephen Farrall

Research group

Centre for Criminological Research

Teaching activities
  • The Rehabilitation of Offenders (2018-2019; 2019-2020)
  • Criminology Research Project (2018-2019; 2019-2020)
  • Learning Mentor on the School of Law’s MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), ‘Crime, Justice & Society’ (Summer 2018)
Professional activities
  • PGR Representative for the School of Law (2019-2020)
  • School of Law Postgraduate Research Conference Organising Committee (May 2018)

Publications and Papers

  • Fernando, R. (forthcoming) 'A Comparative Study of Desistance: First Steps of a Cross-National Analysis into Narratives of Desistance in France and England' GERN Research Paper Series.
  • Fernando, R. (2018) 'Book Review: Penal Cultures and Female Desistance' The Howard Journal of Crime and Justice, 58(1): 134-136.
Publications
  • Fernando, R. (forthcoming) 'A Comparative Study of Desistance: First Steps of a Cross-National Analysis into Narratives of Desistance in France and England' GERN Research Paper Series.
  • Fernando, R. (2018) 'Book Review: Penal Cultures and Female Desistance' The Howard Journal of Crime and Justice, 58(1): 134-136.

Conference papers

  • The Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology: 'Narratives of Change: a Cross-National Comparative Study of Desistance Processes', 19th September 2019.
  • Centre for Criminological Research Annual Conference: 'Comparing Desistance: A Cross-National Analysis of Experiences of Desistance in France and England', 31st May 2019.
  • The 6th GERN Doctoral Summer School on Challenges of Comparative Criminological Research: 'A comparative study of desistance: first steps of a cross-national analysis of experiences of desistance in France and England', 3-5th September 2018.
  • The School of Law's Annual Postgraduate Research Conference, University of Sheffield: 'How does culture impact desistance from crime? A comparative study of desistance narratives in France and England', 23rd May 2018.
  • The Department of Social Studies' Annual Postgraduate Research Conference, University of Sheffield: 'Understanding Desistance: Narratives of Change', 19th May 2016.