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Inspiring Futures


The Research Team is based at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge.


Professor Loraine Gelsthorpe

Professor Gelsthorpe is the Principal Investigator for Inspiring Futures. She is the Director of the Institute and the Director of the Centre for Community, Gender and Social Justice. She has wide interests in the links between criminal justice and social justice, looking at race, gender and social exclusion, women and sentencing, and at the effectiveness of youth and community penalties in particular. She also has a strong interest in research methodologies and research ethics. Her interest in the arts has been lifelong, and has included conducting an important study of the Irene Taylor Trust in 2008, Beats & Bars.



Dr. Caroline Lanskey

Dr Lanskey is co-Principal Investigator of Inspiring Futures Footprint, the ESRC funded evaluation research programme linked to the Inspiring Futures programme. Her research background is in education and criminology. Her work focusses on understanding and theorizing the human and social dimensions of involvement in the criminal justice system and addresses the themes of citizenship, well-being, voice and participation and the impact of the arts programmes in criminal justice. She has close links with the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance and member organisations working in prisons and probation and has presented to national and international conferences on the impact of the arts in rehabilitation and resettlement.




Dr. Sarah Doxat-Pratt

Sarah is the Research Associate for Inspiring Futures. Her background is in music, and her PhD (completed February 2019) investigated the use of music projects in prisons. Drawing on a general interest in the social impact of participatory music, the research aimed to emphasise the motivations and expectations of prisoner participants, and to highlight the importance of a deep understanding of the prison context in which the projects took place. Sarah’s research interests include community arts practice, the experience and effects of imprisonment, and rehabilitation and desistance. Sarah is also a trained musician and has worked as a music practitioner in various community settings.



Inspiring Futures is a 3-year research project investigating the impact and meaning of arts projects in the criminal justice system. It is an independent research project, embedded into the Inspiring Futures programme run by the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance, investigating the work of a number of arts partner organisations. It is funded by the ESRC.

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