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New PhD student at the Department

Presentation of Rikke Kolding

Rikke Overvad Kolding, photo: Private
Rikke Overvad Kolding, photo: Private

My name is Rikke Kolding and I am a new 4+4 PhD student at the department. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Aarhus University.

I belong to the Public Administration section, and my PhD project is based on my interest in the encounter between state and citizen. Currently the Danish prisons are under great pressure due to lack of prison officers and a more social and criminal disadvantaged clientele. This has consequences for the way prison officers and prisoners interact, exemplified by an increase in assaults on prison officers. By use of ethnographic fieldwork and interviews, I therefore aim to investigate what occurs in the encounter between prison officers and prisoners. In particular, I will investigate which mutual identity- and meaning formations that take place in the interactions. Further, I will conduct follow-up interviews to understand some of the consequences hereof (that could be burnout for the prison officers and continuing criminality after release for the prisoners).

My supervisors are Vibeke Lehmann Nielsen and Caroline Howard Grøn. 

I am very appreciative of the warm welcome I have received and I am looking forward to spend the following four years in the department.