Anna Eriksson

Name: Anna Eriksson

Title: Senior Lecturer, Criminology Specialist

Affiliation: Monash University

Anna Eriksson is a criminologist and penologist based at Monash University, Australia. In 2011, was a recipient of an ARC DECRA on the topic of comparative penology. She is and has been involved in several other research projects, for example: children of prisoners, people with acquired brain injuries in the criminal justice system, preparation for release and parole, restorative justice, and of course crime and victimisation on public transport. She has been a visiting academic at King’s College London, UK; Örebro University, Sweden; and Oxford University, UK. Dr Eriksson is a member of the advisory board of the Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology, and is the Director of the Imprisonment Observatory:

BA (Behaviour Science) Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia 2002

BA (Criminology and Criminal Justice) Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia 2002

M.Phil. (Criminological Research) University of Cambridge, Institute of Criminology, England 2003

Ph.D. (Criminology) Queen’s University Belfast, UK 2007

2015                Emerging Fellow Excellence Scheme, Monash University.

2014                Visiting Academic at Centre for Criminology, Oxford University, Michaelmas Term.

Visiting Fellow at Griffith University, Australia, March – June 2014.

 2013                ‘Contrasts in Punishment’ book received a High Commendation as a runner-up for a ‘Valuable an Outstanding contribution to Criminology in 2013’ Christine M Alder book prize, Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology

Visiting Fellow Örebro University, Sweden (April-June)

2012                Shortlisted for Excellence in Postgraduate Supervision, MPA award, one of 25 nominees across Monash University.

2011                Nominated for Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Honours Supervision.

2009                Visiting Fellowship King’s College London, Sept to Nov.

2009                New Scholar of the Year, Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology, awarded for best publication in criminology or related area.

2004                Wingate Scholarship, PhD studies, Queensland University Belfast.

2003                Cambridge European Trust Bursary for PhD at Cambridge University, England.

2002                Wakefield Scholarship: MPhil in Criminology at Institute of Criminology, Cambridge University, England.

Director the Imprisonment Observatory

Deputy Director The Criminal Justice Research Consortium

2014-2017 Office of the Public Advocate grant, $245,000. Title: Enhancing the rights and well-being of people with acquired brain injuries in the criminal justice system. Co-Chief Investigators: A/Prof Gaye Lansdell, Faculty of Law, Monash University; Dr Bernadette Saunders, School of Social Work, Monash University; Dr Anna Eriksson, Criminology, Monash University.




  1. Eriksson, A. (ed.) (2016) Punishing the Other: The Social Production of Immorality Revisited. Oxford: Routledge.
  2. Eriksson, A. and Flynn, C. (eds.) (2015) ‘Making the invisible visible: Responding to children of prisoners’, Law in Context (32): Federation Press.
  3. Tubex, H. and Eriksson, A. (eds.) (2015) ‘The Aims and Purposes of Prison Research’, The International Journal of Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 4(1).
  4. Saunders, B., Eriksson, A., Lansdell, G., and Brown, M. (2013) An Examination of the impact of unpaid infringement notices on disadvantaged groups and the criminal justice system – Towards a best practice model. Monash University Criminal Justice Research Consortium.
  5. Pratt, J. and Eriksson, A. (2013). Contrasts in Punishment: Explaining Anglophone Excess and Nordic Exceptionalism. Oxford: Routledge.
  6. Eriksson, A. (2009). Justice in Transition: Community Restorative Justice in Northern Ireland. Oxford: Routledge.


Books Chapters

  1. Eriksson, A. (2016) ‘Othering in penal policy and practice: A comparative study’, in Eriksson, Anna (ed.) Punishing the Other: The social production of immorality revisited, Oxford: Routledge.
  2. Eriksson, A. (2015) ‘Restorative Justice in the Northern Ireland Transition’, in Criminal Justice in Transition: The Northern Ireland Context, (eds.) Anne-Marie McAlinden and Clare Dwyer, Oxford UK: Hart Publishing.
  3. Pratt, J. and Eriksson, A. (2013)’Penal policy and the social democratic image of society’, in Carrington, K., Ball, M., O’Brien, E. and Tauri, J. (Eds.) Crime, Justice and Social Democracy: International Perspectives, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  4. Pratt and A. Eriksson (2012): Was macht das Bestrafen in skandinavischen Ländern so anders [Why is punishment in Scandinavian countries so different]? In: Peter Rieker, Sven Huber, Anna Schnitzer & Simone Brauchli (Hg.): Hilfe! Strafe! Reflexionen zu einem Spannungsverhältnis professionellen Handeln [Help! Punishment! Reflections on a Dilemma for Professional Action]. Weinheim/Basel: Beltz Juventa, p. 80-100
  5. Eriksson, A. (2012), ‘Restorative justice in the welfare state’, in I. Vanfraechem and E. Zinsstag (eds.) Restorative conferencing in Europe, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  6. Pratt, J. and Eriksson, A. (2011), ‘In defence of Scandinavian exceptionalism’, in Jane Dullum and Thomas Ugelvik (eds.) Nordic prison practice and policy – exceptional or not? Oxford: Routledge.
  7. McEvoy, K. and Eriksson, A, (2008). ‘Who Owns Justice? : State Community and the Struggle for Legitimacy in Northern Ireland in J. Shapland (ed.), Justice, Community and Civil Society: A contested terrain across Europe. Collumpton, UK: Willan Publishing.
  8. McEvoy, K. and Eriksson, A. (2006). ‘Restorative Justice in Transition: ownership, leadership, and ‘bottom-up’ human rights’, in D. Sullivan and L. Tifft (eds.), Handbook of Restorative Justice, Routledge: London and New York: pp. 321 – 335.


Journal Articles



  1. Eriksson, A. and Flynn, C. (2015) ‘Challenges of Contemporary Prison Research: Introduction’. Anna Eriksson and Catherine Flynn (eds.) The Aims and Purposes of Prison Research’, The International Journal of Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 4(1): 1-3.
  2.   Saunders, B., Lansdell, G., Eriksson, A. and Brown, M. (2014) ‘The impact of the Victorian Infringements system on disadvantaged groups: Findings from a qualitative study’, The Australian Journal of Social Issues, 49(1) Review essay of ‘Contrasts in Punishment: An explanation of Anglophone excess and Nordic exceptionalism’. Commentators: David Brown, Russell Hogg, Mark Finnane. Response: John Pratt and Anna Eriksson. International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy (2013) 2(3).
  3. Lansdell, G., Saunders, B., Eriksson, A., and Brown, M. (2013) ‘Exposing the injustice of imprisonment for fine default: The Taha case and achieving social justice’, The Alternative Law Journal 38(3): 160-164.
  4. Brown, M., Lansdell, G., Saunders, B. and Eriksson, A. (2013) ‘I’m sorry but you’re just not that special’: Reflecting on the Special Circumstances provision of the Infringements Act 2006 (Vic), Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 24(3): 375-393.
  5. Lansdell, G., Eriksson, A., Saunders, B. and Brown, M. (2012) ‘Infringement systems in Australia: A precarious blurring of civil and criminal sanctions?’ Alternative Law Review 37(1): 41-45.
  6. Pratt, J. and Eriksson, A. (2011), ‘Mr Larson is walking out again: The origins and developments of Scandinavian prison policy’, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 44(1): 7-23.
  7. Eriksson, A. (2011), ‘Researching community restorative justice in Northern Ireland: A comparative challenge’, Victims & Offenders (Special Issue on Comparative Criminology. 6(3): 260-274
  8.  Pratt, J., and Eriksson, A. (2009). ‘Scandinavian Exceptionalism in Penal Policy’, Nordisk Tidsskrift for Kriminalvidenskab, 96: 2.
  9. Eriksson, A. (2009). ‘A bottom-up approach to transformative justice in Northern Ireland’, International Journal for Transitional Justice, 3(3): 1 – 20.


In Press

  1. Eriksson, A. and Flynn, C. (eds.) (2015) ‘Introduction: Children of Prisoners’, Making the invisible visible: Responding to children of prisoners’, Law in Context (32): 1-4. Federation Press.
  2. Eriksson, A. (2008). Challenging Cultures of Violence through Community Restorative Justice. In H. Ventura Miller (ed.), Sociology of Crime, Law and Deviance: Restorative Justice: From Theory to Practice, (11), 231-260. Bingley, UK: JAI Press, Emerald.