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Dr Sacha Darke graduated in Law from University of Southampton and studied for his PhD at University of Westminster. He is Senior Lecturer in Criminology at University of Westminster and Visiting Lecturer in Law at University of São Paulo. He is a founding member of British Convict Criminology.

His teaching and research interests include prisons, state crime, comparative and transnational criminology. He is currently involved in two collaborative research projects relating to prisons in Brazil (on reducing the use of imprisonment, and on the role played by inmate councils in voluntary sector administered prisons), and two research projects relating to Convict Criminology (on the transition from prison to university, and on prison higher education in Brazil and Argentina).

He has guest edited two special journal editions, on Latin American prisons, and Convict Criminology, as well as a forthcoming edited book on Latin American prison ethnographies, and is author of Conviviality and Survival: Co-Producing Brazilian Prison Order (Palgrave MacMillan, 2018).

Dr Darke coordinates an academic mentoring scheme for prisoners, and delivers criminology programmes at HMP Pentonville, HMP Grendon and HMP Coldingley, each involving collaborative learning between undergraduate and postgraduate degree students inside and outside prison.