Abigail Stark

Lecturer in Criminology

School of Law and Social Science

Harris Building, HB252

+44 (0) 1772 89 3073


Subject Areas: Criminology, Law

Abigail is a Lecturer in Criminology and specialises in the study of imprisonment. Abigail teaches on modules across the undergraduate Law and Criminology courses at UCLan, and is also part of the School of Law and Social Science employability team. Abigail is currently completing a PhD at the University of Sheffield, which explores ‘lived citizenship’ for men imprisoned in England and the Republic of Ireland.

Full Profile

Abigail is a Lecturer in Criminology and teaches on a range of modules across the Law and Criminology undergraduate programmes. Before joining UCLan, in August 2018, Abigail taught on the LLB programmes at the University of Sheffield and the University of Portsmouth.

Abigail’s research interests centre on the lived experience of imprisonment, and the consequences of incarceration for individuals’ relationships with their communities and the state.  Abigail is also interested in the comparative study of prison experiences and her PhD research, supervised by Dr Cormac Behan and Professor Stephen Farrall at the University of Sheffield, explores ‘lived citizenship’ for men imprisoned in England and the Republic of Ireland.


  • MA International Criminology (Distinction), University of Sheffield, 2013.
  • LLB (Hons) Law and Criminology, University of Sheffield, 2012.


Stark, A. (2016) ‘Book Review - Criminal Justice in Transition: The Northern Ireland Context’, International Review of Victimology, 22(2):198-200.

Tapley, J., Stark, A., Watkins, M. and Peneva, B. (2014) A Strategic Assessment of Support Services for Victims of Crime in the South East, Portsmouth: University of Portsmouth.

Hervey, T., Stark, A., Dawson, A., Fernández, J., Matosevic, T. and McDaid, D. (2012) ‘Long-term care for older people and EU Law: the position in England and Scotland’, Journal of Social Welfare & Family Law, 34(1): 105-124.

Awards & Grants

  • ESRC Overseas Fieldwork Grant, White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership, 2015.
  • ESRC +3 Doctoral Scholarship, White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership, 2014.
  • Shortlisted for the John Sunley Prize, Howard League for Penal Reform, 2014.


  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • European Society of Criminology
  • Howard League for Penal Reform Early Career Academics Network
  • European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control
  • Irish Postgraduate and ECR Prison Research Network

Teaching responsibilities

  • CJ1101 Crime & Society
  • CJ3024 Why Prison?
  • CJ2029 Controversial Issues in Prison
  • CJ2102 Research Methods in Criminology & Criminal Justice
  • LWC017 Key Issues in Law & Criminology
  • LW1102 Legal System
  • LW2502 Criminal Law
  • LW2004 Mooting & Legal Debating

External Activities

PhD Candidate at University of Sheffield (2014 - Present)


“Meaningful citizenship? Prisoner participation in education and civic engagement activities”, Irish Prison Education Association Conference, 13th-14th April 2018, Portlaoise: Irish Prison Service College.

‘‘Banter on the Landing’: The role of humour in prison’, British Society of Criminology Annual Conference, 4th-7th July 2017, Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University.

‘Citizens in a ‘gated community’? Prisoners’ perceptions of, and engagement with, their communities during incarceration’, 10th North South Irish Criminology Conference, 23rd-24th June 2016, Maynooth: Maynooth University.

‘Lived citizenship during incarceration: a typology for exploring prisoners’ experiences’, 4th GERN Doctoral Summer School, 7th-9th September 2015, Paris: CESDIP.