An-Sofie Vanhouche holds a PhD in Criminology and works as assistant professor in the Criminology Department. She obtained her Master's degree in 2011 with a thesis entitled: “Innocently imprisoned: The Consequences for People who are Acquitted after Being Remanded in Custody”. In 2017, she successfully defended her PhD, 'Prison Cuisines in Europe. A Comparative Study of Prison Food Systems in Belgium, Tilburg and Denmark', jointly supervised at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the University of Southern Denmark.
An-Sofie currently teaches several courses as assistant professor: a co-learning course on penology in the prison of Beveren for incarcerated learners, criminology students and prison officers; several courses on penology; and a course on comparative criminology. Her main research interest lies in the lived experience of imprisonment, prison education, and comparative penology. An-Sofie has been involved in several (inter)national studies such as research on the lived experiences of prisoners in Tilburg prison, financed by the Dutch research and documentation centre and a study in Norgerhaven prison, financed by KRUS (the Norwegian correctional service).
She currently co-supervises an FWO-funded research on the role of religion in prison. An-Sofie also supports and collaborates with several Belgian NGO’s. She is a board member of the general assembly of De Rode Antraciet (culture and sport in prison); a board member of Klasbak vzw, the Belgian branch of the European prison education association; and a member of Rescaled. .
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