Graduate Student Profile: Alison Yule











It’s been an impressive year for Allard School of Law doctoral student Alison Yule. She was awarded a Law Foundation of BC Graduate Fellowship, was invited to be a visiting academic at the University of Oxford’s Centre for Criminology, and has received a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowship.

Under the supervision of Allard School of Law Professors Michael Jackson and Isabel Grant and, from Simon Fraser University’s School of Criminology, Professor Simon Verdun-Jones,  Alison’s doctoral thesis is a cross-provincial comparative examination of the Canadian Dangerous Offender (DO) and Long-Term Offender (LTO) sentencing schemes.

The Law Foundation Fellowship and the SSHRC Graduate Fellowship will allow Alison to conduct more extensive empirical field research for her thesis. Alison says she is honoured to have received these awards because they clearly recognize the need to fill research gaps on managing high-risk offenders in Canada.

Her time at the Oxford Centre for Criminology, beginning in 2017, will allow her to develop the theoretical component of her doctoral thesis through in-depth research on punishment and rehabilitation theories in the context of managing dangerousness. She is delighted about this incredible opportunity to research amongst some of the world’s most prominent punishment and detention theorists, such as Andrew Ashworth, Mary Bosworth and Carolyn Hoyle.

In between her research, Alison also finds time to work as a teaching assistant at the Allard School of Law and as a writer and editorial assistant on a joint publishing project with Professor Pitman Potter and Associate Professor Ljiljana Biukovic.

“I love the dynamic and interdisciplinary nature of my academic work,” she said. “I’m always researching, teaching, writing, volunteering or presenting at conferences. Mostly I love to jump on any opportunity to publish. Academia can be solitary and I counter this with my passion for engaging in publishing projects.”

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