Eleanor Brown


My research focuses on the use and experience of solitary confinement (SC) in prison. SC is contentious, having received a substantial amount of criticism due to its association with poor mental health outcomes, higher rates of self-harm, suicide and higher recidivism rates. SC is the most extreme sanction, after the death penalty, that a state can impose and pleas have been made to find and implement effective alternatives. My research, through fieldwork in the SC unit in a high security prison, explores the use of SC, to identify and evaluate much needed approaches to reducing the use of SC in prisons.

Other 2020 award winners

David Brossault

Jenna Rose DiRito

Francisco Huhn

Nabila Idris

Lachlan Jardine

Iek Man Lei

Theodor Lundberg

Dhruv Panchal

Hugo Poplimont

Tianren Yang

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