Jasmina is a Lecturer in Criminology at Keele University. Before Keele, Jasmina was an ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford. Her research interest relate to social and criminological theory, youth justice, inequality, and alternative responses to youth crime.

Jasmina holds an MPhil in Criminology and Criminal Justice (2015) and a DPhil in Criminology (2019) from the University of Oxford and a BA in Law (2009) from the University of Ljubljana. During her doctorate, Jasmina was the founder and convenor of the Criminology Working Group at Green Templeton College, Oxford. She also acted as a research assistant in several projects: The Adolescent to Parent Violence (APV) project, the Excluded Lives project, and the Crime and Mental Health conference. In 2015 and 2016, Jasmina organised the first two Graduate Conferences in Criminology in Oxford, and was a visiting doctoral student at the University of California, Irvine. In 2014, her Masters dissertation was shortlisted for the Howard League for Penal Reform's John Sunley Prize. Jasmina was the recipient of the ESRC Doctoral Studentship and the ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. Before commencing her doctorate, Jasmina was a practicing lawyer and worked as a judicial clerk at the District and Appellate Courts in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Research and scholarship

Jasmina's research interests fall within the broad areas of youth justice and penality, crime and the family, social theory, politics of crime control, inequality, and alternative responses to youth offending.

Jasmina is currently preparing a monograph for Routledge Criminology and Criminal Justice (forthcoming 2022) based on her doctoral research that offered an original empirical examination of the mechanisms behind class discrimination and the selection effects of institutions that deal with young people when they first become defined as troublesome by services. The book’s main objective is to examine how a family’s social class on one side, and organisational working practices and discourses within agencies dealing with young offenders on the other, impacts the views and decisions of practitioners that work with young people in trouble with the law and their parents, and the possible consequences of these effects for their future lives.

In her ESRC postdoctoral project, entitled 'Risk and Needs: Examining Assessment and Planning Frameworks in Youth Justice Interventions', Jasmina explored practitioners' understandings of young people's risks and needs, as well as how they use risk assessment to inform intervention planning. Jasmina is currently analysing the gathered data – a sample of risk assessment forms and the accounts of youth justice professionals – and will use the results to inform her future research on the implications of risk assessment within youth justice.

In the past, Jasmina has engaged in research related to adolescent to parent violence, the links between school exclusion and delinquency, as well as crime and mental health.


Currrent courses

  • Understanding Crime
  • Murder
  • Investigating Crime: Criminological Perspectives
  • MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice


Arnez, J (fothcoming 2022) Negotiating Youth Deviance and Parenting: Exploring the Effects of Social Class in Professional Interactions. London and New York: Routledge.

Journal articles

Arnez, J and Condry, R (2021) Criminological Perspectives on School Exclusion and Youth Offending. Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, 26(1), 87-100.

Arnez, J (2016) The Potential Use of Legitimate Force for the Preservation of Order: Defining the Inherent Role of Public Police through Policing Functions that Cannot be Carried Out by Private Police. Zbornik znanstvenih razprav [The Journal of Legal Studies, Slovenia: journal article in English], 76, 23-39.

Arnez, J (2010) Zasluge in zablode feministicne kriminologije' ['The Merits and Delusions of Feminist Criminology']. Revija za kriminalistiko in kriminologijo [The Journal of Criminalistics and Criminology, Slovenia], 61(1), 1-14.

Arnez, J (2009) Tretmanska obravnava storilcev spolnih kaznivih dejanj' ['The Treatment of Sexual Offenders']. Pravna praksa [Legal Practice, Slovenia], 28(14), II-VIII.


Arnez, J (2019) 'Institutional Responses to Youth Deviance and Parenting: Exploring Professional Perceptions on the Role of Social Class at the Beginnings of Offending Pathways and Desistance from Crime'. In: Albrecht, H.J., Walsh, M. and Weinhausen-Knezevic, E. (eds.) Desistance Processes among Young Offenders Following Judicial Interventions. Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, 125-140.

Arnez, J (2016) 'Examining Risk as a Political Construct: The Impact of Changing Views of the Prevailing Threats to Public Safety on the Definition of Risk'. In: Mesko, G. and Lobnikar, B. (eds.) Criminal Justice and Security in Central and Eastern Europe: Safety, Security and Social Control in Local Communities. Ljubljana: Faculty of Criminal Justice and Security, 221-228.

Book reviews

Arnez, J (forthcoming 2021) Book review: Youth Justice and Penality in Comparative Context. Punishment & Society.

Arnez, J (2021) Book review: Generations through Prison: Experiences of Intergenerational Incarceration. Criminology & Criminal Justice, (21)5, 727-729.

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