Ed Schreeche-Powell

Ed Schreeche-Powell BSc, MA

Lecturer in Criminology

Ed holds a 1st Class BSc (Hons) in Criminology and Psychology.  He completed his MA (with Distinction) in Criminology at The University of Kent with a dissertation entitled: ‘Peer Support and Well-Being: Exploring the Impact of Peer-Led Induction on Male Prisoners’, which is an impact evaluation of the effects of a power-sharing initiative on the mental health and wellbeing of adult male prisoners. Ed was awarded a Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship for his PhD, which builds upon his MA with a multi-site investigation of this intervention through the theoretical conceptual lens of Power, Weight, Tightness, Depth and Legitimacy in prisons. Prior to joining The University of Greenwich, Ed has taught across a broad range of modules in criminology at The University of Kent alongside Social and Forensic Psychology for The Open University which evidence his multi-disciplinary approach.

Responsibilities within the university

Lecturer in Criminology and Seminar Leader for:

  • Forensic Mental Health
  • Criminological Perspectives
  • The Psychology of Terrorism


Student Union ‘Above and Beyond Teaching Award’ (The University of Kent, 2021)


  • Associate Lecturer in Social Psychology and Forensic Psychology for The Open University
  • Peer Reviewer for The European Journal of Probation
  • Member of the British Society of Criminology
  • Associate Member of the British Psychological Society

Research / Scholarly interests

Ed is interested in all aspects of research surrounding prisons and penal policy, with particular focus on prisoner mental health and wellbeing, safer custody and power-sharing initiatives in prison. Ed is also interested in the programme theory and impact evaluation of interventions in custodial settings as well as a broader interest in punitiveness within the Criminal Justice System in Western Europe. Ed is also interested in the use of lived experience to offer new criminological perspectives and is an active member of the British Convict Criminology Group.

Media activity

Schreeche-Powell, E. (2020) ‘I’m an ex-prisoner and education saved my life’, The Conversation, 13 January [online], Available at I'm an ex-prisoner and education behind bars saved my life (theconversation.com)

Recent publications

Book Chapters

Schreeche-Powell.,E (2023) ‘‘Managing The Pain of Imprisonment: A Peer Support Approach’ , The Routledge Handbook of Prison Health and Wellbeing, Routledge
Earle, R., Davies, B., Honeywell, D., Darley, D., and Schreeche-Powell, E. (2023- In Press) ‘Convict Criminology: Cultivating another Criminology’, in The Oxford Handbook of Criminology (7th Edition), Oxford University Press, Clarendon
Schreeche-Powell, E. (2019) “Becoming me with the OU”, in Earle, R., and Mehigan, J. (Eds)  Degrees of Freedom: Prison Education at The Open University, Policy Press, Bristol


Schreeche-Powell, E. (2020) ‘Peer Support and Well-Being: Exploring the Impact of Peer-Led Induction on Male Prisoners’, The Journal of Prisoners on Prisons, Vol. 29 No. 1-2 (2020): General Issue, The University of Ottawa Press


Schreeche-Powell, E. (2020) ‘A Punishment with No End: The Journey of a Working-Class Criminal into Academia’, Working Class Perspectives, March 9 2020 [online], Available at A Punishment with No End: The Journey of a Working-Class Criminal into Academia | Working-Class Perspectives (wordpress.com)


Schreeche-Powell, E. (2022- In Press) “Review of Convict Criminology for the Future”, Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice,  SAGE.


Schreeche-Powell, E. (2019) “Peer Support in Prisons: Crisis Point”, 2019 Common Studies Sessions, The University of Middlesex

Schreeche-Powell, E. (2022) “Why convict criminology isn’t easy: Lived Experience and Status Fragility”, 2022 British Society of Criminology Conference, The University of Surrey