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Annette Olesen’s primary research areas include rehabilitative work in- and post-prison, reentry barriers and the informal/invisible punishment and collateral consequences faced by (re)offenders in- and post-prison, this includes a specific emphasis on issues related to indebtedness and legal costs. Annette also conducts research on ’access to justice’ issues, with a special focus on (penal) voluntary sector organizations and legal aid organizations’ outreach initiatives targeting vulnerable groups in society. A recurring theme in Annette’s research is criminal law, ‘penal expansionism’ and how quasi-penal methods extend into other legal areas outside criminal law.
Annette is lecturing in the fields of prison research, desistance research, prison reentry and cross-sectoral authority cooperation, crime prevention and rehabilitation, legal consciousness, sentencing and citizens’ attitude towards punishment, socio-legal methodology, causes and effects of punishment, as well as law and its application in social work.

Areas of specialization: criminology and sociology of law

Areas of competence: prisoner re-entry; informal/hidden punishment; penal voluntary sector; legal aid targeted prisoners and ex-prisoners; cross-sector collaboration; ex-prisoners’ indebtedness; penal expansionism, criminal law and the broadened scope of criminal law or quasi-penal methods.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty


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