Grayson Bartels (he/him)

Thesis title: Exploring harms - transition, autonomy, and recovery in life after prison


Grayson is a third-year PhD Candidate researching the transition of previously incarcerated people back into their communities, focusing on the role that autonomy plays in their recovery from drug/alcohol use. His thesis is an exploratory qualitative study which is underpinned by the intersectionality of fourth wave feminism and centres lived experiences. Grayson went to university in the United States and graduated summa cum laude with degrees in Criminal Justice and History. He first came to Edinburgh Law School in 2019 and earned a MSc in Global Crime, Justice and Security with distinction. Since returning for his PhD, Grayson was elected the EUSA School of Law Postgraduate Research Representative (2021-2022). He is currently Vice President of the Law Postgraduate Research Student Board (PGRSB) and sits on the University-wide Student Discipline Committee. Additionally, Grayson is an Ordinary Tutor for Criminology and Sociology courses. Outside the University, he is actively involved in drug harm reduction efforts.


MSc Global Crime, Justice and Security, with Distinction (2020) University of Edinburgh

Responsibilities & affiliations

Student Discipline Committee (2022-Present)

Vice President of the Law Postgraduate Research Student Board (2023-Present)

Law Postgraduate Research Student Board Member (2021-2023)

EUSA School of Law Postgraduate Research Representative (2021-2022)

Undergraduate teaching

Sociological 1A: The Sociological Imagination: Individuals and Society

Introduction to Criminology

Introduction to Global Crime and Justice

Current research interests

Criminology, penology, drug misuse, harm reduction, law, feminism, intersectionality, social justice, abolition 

Conference details

‘A storm is coming’: deconstructing doxxing, EuroCrim Conference for the European Society of Criminology, Florence Italy, September 2023

'Seriously, don't leave your flat', Continuum of Offline/Online Harm Conference, Nottingham Trent University, July 2023

'(Re)connecting through Narcotics Anonymous', New Directions Conference University of Edinburgh, May 2022