Francis Jakob Pakes Portrait

Professor Francis Pakes

Professor of Criminology

PhD Supervisor

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My long standing research area is comparative criminal justice. It considers why arrangements are different in different places and what we can learn from each other. More specifically I look at prisons abroad. I have written about the nature of prisons in Norway, Iceland and the Netherlands.

My latest project involved spending a week in two prisons in Iceland as a 'quasi prisoner' in order to study their culture from within and to find out what other countries could learn from them.

I am from the Netherlands and came to the UK in 1998.


Research interests

  • Comparative Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice in the Netherlands
  • Psychology and Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice and Mental Health
  • Prisons in the Nordic countries, in particular Norway and Iceland