Esther van Ginneken is Assistant Professor of Criminology at Leiden University. Her research interests include the experience of imprisonment and the process of desistance. Recent articles explored posttraumatic growth among prisoners, the subjective experience of punishment, patterns of adjustment among prisoners, and prison suicides in England and Wales. She is currently involved in qualitative and quantitative research on imprisonment and desistance in the Netherlands.
She has a background in social science (BA Liberal Arts & Sciences, University College Utrecht) and has completed an MPhil in Criminology at the University of Cambridge. She obtained her PhD from the University of Cambridge; her thesis was entitled The pains and gains of imprisonment, about the prison experience and preparation for release of male and female prisoners. Before joining Leiden Law School, Esther worked as Lecturer in Criminology at Liverpool Hope University (2013 to 2016).
- Making sense of imprisonment: Narratives of posttraumatic growth among female prisoners. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 60(2), 208-227. (2016)
- Doing well or just doing time? A qualitative study of patterns of psychological adjustment in prison. The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 54(4), 352-370. (2015)
- ‘Just’ punishment? Offenders’ views on the meaning and severity of punishment. Criminology & Criminal Justice, 17(1), 62-78. (2017)
- An ecological analysis of prison overcrowding and suicide rates in England and Wales, 2000–2014. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 50, 76-82. (2017)
- New Perspectives on Desistance: Theoretical and Empirical Developments. London: Palgrave Macmillan. (2017)