Dr Laura Naegler’s intersectional research focuses on cultural and political resistance. She has been involved in researching social movements and studying processes and practices located on the urban margins. Her cross-disciplinary research is located within a theoretical tradition of critical and cultural criminology, advancing knowledge about practices of and responses to resistance. With a particular focus on the motivations and agency of social actors in urban contexts, her research has illuminated the dynamics of processes of control and reactions to them.
Laura’s formal training was conducted in different international contexts. She holds a M.A. in Social Work and Social and Cultural Science from the University of Applied Sciences Duesseldorf and an M.A. in International Criminology from the University of Hamburg. Laura was an Erasmus Mundus Fellow of the European Union and holds a PhD in Cultural and Global Criminology, jointly awarded by the University of Kent and the University of Hamburg. Her PhD research, supervised by Professor Jock Young, Professor Jeff Ferrell and Professor Susanne Krasmann, was an ethnographic study with activists in the US ‘post-Occupy’ movement.
Laura joined the University in Liverpool as a lecturer in criminology in September 2019. Before, she worked as a lecturer at Northumbria University Newcastle and at the University of Liverpool in Singapore. In 2013-2014 and 2017, Laura was a visiting scholar at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York City.
Since 2021, Laura is the SSPC Director of Postgraduate Teaching and the Co-Director of the International Criminological Research Unit (ICRU).
She is currently working across a series of projects, including an ongoing research collaboration with Dr Joe Greener concerned with the construction of threats of perceived dangerous ‘others’, such as sex workers and migrant workers, in justifying urban control strategies in Singapore. Laura is also working together with Dr Laura Vitis from Queensland University of Technology on a research project on public responses to women’s testimony-based online resistance in the context of ‘everyday authoritarianism’ in Singapore.
Laura would be happy to receive inquiries from PhD candidates working in areas around practices and processes of, and responses to, cultural and political resistance, new forms of activism and protest, and crime control, social control and political activism in Singapore.