The focus of research is on life in prison and other forms of detention, penal sanctions depriving of liberty, restorative justice, juvenile justice and the criminology of state crime.
Parental rights - Inclusion of parents of juvenile prisoners in sentence planning (Johanna Schmid, doctoral thesis)
Unaccompanied child refugees (Julia Wegner, doctoral thesis)
Mainstreaming crimes of the state within criminology (with Dawn Rothe, Wolfgang Form andElmar Weitekamp): research meeting in Norfolk/Virginia, 2014; State crime study days and workshop in Berlin, 2015; work in progress: Summer course for Masters and doctoral students at Philipps-University, Marburg on "State Crime: Crimes of the Powerful" (June 2016)
Thematic issue on international criminal law/criminology for the Archivs des Völkerrechts (with Sigrid Boysen, fall 2016)
Development of security technologies and related policies (Joseph Farha, doctoral thesis)