Shelley recently was recently awarded an International Research Seed Grant (IRSC), Office of the Associate Vice-President (Research and International) from Carleton University valued at $9,400! Awesome work, Shelley!

Details of Shelley’s funding:

Title: Exploring Risks, Needs, Strengths, and Service Gaps for Women on Probation in Punjab, Pakistan

Co-Investigator: Mazhar Hussain Bhutta, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, PMAS-Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan

About the research: Historically, women in conflict with the law have been invisible to legislators, scholars, and correctional agencies. This is no longer the case. Feminist scholarship coupled with the exponential increase in the global incarceration rate of women, relative to men  (Walsmey, 2017) has collectively catalyzed Western countries to develop women-specific policies, practices and laws (Brown & Gelsthorpe, 2022). Importantly, in 2010 the United Nations unanimously adopted a resolution outlining 71 rules, specific to women impacted by incarceration and non-custodial criminal sanctions (United Nations General Assembly, 2010). To date, the development and implementation of women-focused scholarship, policies, and practices for women on probation in Pakistan is nonexistent. This pilot study will explore the risks, needs, strengths, and service gaps for a small sample of women on probation in the province of Punjab.  Drs. Brown and Bhutta have developed a culturally and gender responsive risk/needs/strength measure to meet the study objectives.

This research will be conducted in partnership between Dr. Shelley Brown, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Carleton University and Dr. Mazhar Bhutta, Assistant Professor & Director, Masters of Science, Criminology Program, Department of Sociology, PMAS-Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan.