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Life on the ‘sex offender register’: identity, reintegration and the significance of de-registration.

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Sunday, March 03, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

Research Area: Crime and policing

[[Life on the ‘sex offender register’: identity, reintegration and the significance of de-registration.]]

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship to conduct a research project which develops the understanding of the widespread effects of being subject to the Sex Offender Register and Notification (SORN), frequently referred to as the ‘sex offender register’; as well as developing an understanding of the process of de-registration and the significance of this for both the registered sex offender (RSO) and their wider community.

There are now approximately 52,770 RSOs in England and Wales, all subject to mandatory notification requirements, monitoring and management by police teams in the community, for the duration of their registration period. Whilst research has investigated the effects of SORN on the individual RSO, much less attention has been paid to the effects on the RSO’s family, friends and wider community, as well as the effects on opportunities for long-term reintegration. Very little is also known about the processes involved for those RSOs who apply to be removed from the register, something which those subject to indefinite notification requirements have had the right to do since an amendment to the Sex Offences Act 2003, in 2012.

The successful candidate will join the team at the Policing Institute for the Eastern Region (PIER), a highly innovative and active multi-disciplinary research institute, with established links to police, probation and other criminal justice agencies. Here the successful candidate will not only be provided with high quality supervision and support, but will also be afforded opportunities to engage in PIER’s regular programme of research seminars and conferences.

How to apply


To apply, you’ll need: A first class bachelor’s degree or a 2:1 bachelor’s degree and a masters at merit level or above. Equivalent awards will be considered. Qualifications must be relevant for the particular studentship you are applying for.

You can apply online via our Vice Chancellor’s PhD Studentships page (https://www.anglia.ac.uk/research/postgraduate-research/phd-studentships). Under each project description you will find a link to the application form.

Full details of the application process and the terms and conditions can also be found on the above- page.

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