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Dr. Dana Segev

Founder & Executive Director

Dana Segev is a researcher and Executive Director at Scopium. Her expertise lies in analysing the impact of cultural, socio-economic, and political mechanisms on individuals. She holds a Doctorate in the Social Sciences (Law School) from the University of Sheffield, an MSc from the University of Oxford (Research Methods in Criminology and Criminal Justice), and a BA from Monash University.


She published a book (monograph) with Routledge based on her PhD findings, as well as co-authored an edited book in criminology, along with other journal articles publications. She judges book proposals and journal articles prior to their publications.


Dana taught research methods to both undergraduates and graduates university students and have experience of utilising innovative approaches to data collection and analysis, qualified in both qualitative and quantitative methods. She was a visiting fellow at Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin and a researcher at Nuffield College, University of Oxford. She is a research consultant and member of the Advisory Committee at AAPUK and hold a sit at the Global advisory council for ISTJ.


Desistance and Societies in Comparative Perspective

Scholarly exploration into how and why people stop offending (desistance from crime) has focused on the impact of internal and external factors in processes of desistance. Prior research has, more commonly, been undertaken within one nation and neglected the fact that desistance processes are situated within a broad social context which shapes an individual’s perceptions, actions and social conditions. This book begins to fill this gap by exploring how societies and cultures shape desistance processes and experiences. 

Read the first chapter here: 



Desistance and Societies in Comparative Perspective offers findings from a cross-national comparative mixed-method study of desistance processes in England and Israel; two countries with different social-political systems and distinct cultural attributes. The study was the first of its kind in criminology, both in terms of its key objectives and the methods utilised. The findings uncover how social structures and cultures shape individual-level experience. In particular, the findings illustrates how external and internal mechanisms in desistance processes were ‘oriented’ in particular ways, in accordance with contextual factors. The book outlines five contextual factors which were key in shaping the dynamics of desistance across societies and cultures. These are:

cultural scripts

  • social climates

  • shared values and norms

  • social interactions and encounters 

  • distinct cultural characteristics. 


These five factors provide a contextual framework within which to understand the role of cultures and social structures in shaping agency and experiences in processes of desistance, and with which to account for variances and similarities across societies and cultures. Written in a clear and direct style, this book will appeal to students and scholars in criminology, sociology, cultural studies, social theory and those interested in learning about why and how people desist from crime. 

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