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I am a social scientist with research expertise in the fields of prison health governance/delivery and political economy. My current research, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), investigates the impact of macroeconomic austerity on prison health in England.

Timely and applicative, this work has informed the actions of the UN Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT), the World Health Organization, the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture, the House of Commons Justice Committee, the National Audit Office, and the Nuffield Trust. My results have also been referenced by Conservative, Labour, and Green party politicians in the UK and have been featured in news outlets such as the Daily Mirror, The Spectator, and Scram News.

As both a principal investigator and a co-investigator on various projects, and by seeking support from a host of regional, national, and international organisations, I have generated £123,035 in external funding.

This work has sustained my varied publication record, currently totalling more than 40 papers in leading academic journals such as Health Policy, The Lancet Public Health, and BMC Public Health. Several of my outputs have been graded either 3* or 4* with respect to the Research Excellence Framework (REF), meaning they are either internationally excellent or world-leading in terms of originality, significance, and rigour. What’s more, these well-regarded findings have informed my research monograph, “The English Prison Health System After a Decade of Austerity”, to be published by Routledge in 2022.

In terms of teaching and the supervision of research, I have seven years of experience spanning more than 1,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students. I have delivered lectures and seminars for modules such as Prisons and Punishment, Responding to Crime and Harm, Policy and Politics, and Social Research Methods. On an annual basis and across all modules, I have been praised by students for my enthusiasm, approachability, and professionalism, and most of my dissertation students have earned either distinction or first-class marks.

I read law and public health at the University of Bristol and UWE Bristol, respectively. Prior to my academic career, I was, for nearly a decade, a Public Health Commissioner for various public-sector organisations, where I oversaw a total budget of £25.3m.

I am often invited to collaborate on research, to speak at conferences around the world, and to respond to media enquiries. I welcome such opportunities and can be contacted at Nasrul.Ismail@bristol.ac.uk.

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