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Professor Géraldine Bugnon


Professor, Department of Social Work and Social Policies, University of Fribourg, Switzerland



Géraldine Bugnon is professor at the University of Fribourg - Department of social work and social policies - and holds a PhD in sociology from the Universities of Geneva and Lille 1. Her research explores the state regulation of "dangerous" and "at risk" children in different social and legal contexts. She has conducted research on juvenile justice and child protection in Switzerland, France and Brazil. She is currently working on the judicialization of child protection and on victim-offender mediation in Switzerland.



- Bugnon, Géraldine, et Vernay, Olivia. 2021. « Réguler les déviances des enfants ou celles de leurs parents ? Différenciation et hybridation dans les logiques de protection des mineur·es au civil et au pénal ». Revue sciences et actions sociales 16.

- Bugnon, Géraldine. 2020. Governing delinquency through freedom: control, rehabilitation and desistance. International Series on Desistance and Rehabilitation. London: Routledge. 

- Bugnon Géraldine, Arnaud Frauenfelder et Armelle Weil. 2020. « Penal institutions and their hybridizations "in action". Continuities and discontinuities », Tsantsa 25.

- Bugnon, Géraldine. 2019. « How does the penal system and criminal involvement impact the desistance process?: trajectory analysis of young offenders in Brazil ». Dans The Architecture of Desistance, Stephen Farrall. , 122-139. International Series on Desistance and Rehabilitation. Routledge.


Sociology of law and justice, sociology of crime and punishment, juvenile justice, child protection, alternatives to incarceration, victim-offender mediation, judicialization
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