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The Criminology Group share research expertise in the areas of policing, cybercrime, prisons, violence, criminal records, sex offending and sex work, domestic violence, European security, youth justice and social exclusion, ethnicity and crime, social cohesion and poverty, criminological theory and politics and crime.

  • Colin Webster is Professor of Criminology. He is a British Academy Book Prize Winner and is a member of the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Criminology. Professor Webster has taken a leading role researching ethnicity, crime and justice. His has recently researched how poverty impacts on crime and has also focused on youth crime and justice, youth transitions and young adult transitions, criminal careers, and social cohesion within urban neighbourhoods. His book prize was for Poverty and Insecurity: Life in Low-pay, No-Pay Britain (2012). His recent publications are Understanding Race and Crime (2007) and New Directions in Race, Ethnicity and Crime (2014). His research for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has focused on long-term transitions between welfare and work to see if work lifts people out of poverty rather than trapping them in poor work.
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  • Dr Don Crewe is Senior Lecturer in Criminology and has published in the area of criminological theory. His recent publications include Becoming Criminal: The Socio-Cultural Origins of Law, Transgression, and Deviance (2012), which won the ‘British Society of Criminology’ Book Prize 2014, and Existentialist Criminology (2009).
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  • Dr Bill Davies is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology. His research areas include the sociology of imprisonment, the experiences of short sentenced prisoners, the resettlement and reintegration of offenders, the sociology of tattooing and body modification, and research methodologies. Bill has contributed a chapter to the Palgrave Handbook of Prison Ethnography (2015). Bill is the co-founder and co-leader of the Leeds Beckett University Prison Research Network (PRisoN).
  • Dr Jade Moran is Senior Lecturer in Criminology having completed her PhD titled ‘Informal Justice in West Belfast: The Local Governance of Anti-Social Behaviour in Republican Communities’ at Cambridge University. Based on a two year in-depth study, this research explored the IRA’s system of ‘informal justice’ within the communities of West Belfast.
  • Nicola Groves is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology and researches in the area of ‘domestic violence’. Her most recent publications include Musgrove and Groves (2008) ‘The Domestic Violence Crime and Victims Act 2004: Relevant or ‘Removed’ legislation?’ in Journal of Social Welfare & Family Law. She has co-authored Making Connections Count: An Evaluation of Early Intervention Models for Change in Domestic Violence. Nicola is the co-author (with Professor Terry Thomas) of Domestic Violence and Criminal Justice (2013).
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  • Dr Suzanne Young is Senior Lecturer in Criminology. Her research interests include critical criminology, policing and securitisation and she is particularly interested in exploring the construction of crime and deviance through a lens of policing. To date she has carried out research with Police Scotland, the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research and the Scottish Institute for Policing Research and has presented papers at national and international criminology conferences. Suzanne is currently exploring the creation of deviance in social media and exploring the challenges social media poses for contemporary policing.
  • Dr Tom Cockcroft is Principal Lecturer in Criminology and has published numerous journal articles and chapters on the subject of police occupational culture. He also published the book Police Culture: Themes and Concepts (2012). He is, at present, undertaking research into the impact of Higher Education on the careers and identities of police officers and its associated impact on police occupational culture. He is also part of a team working with West Yorkshire Police to improve investigative practices around digital crime. A substantial theme in his recent work is the theoretical fit between the changing cultural dynamics of police work and the emergence of new forms of police leadership and management and associated rhetoric. Over the last 15 years, he has also undertaken substantial amounts of evaluation research, within the United Kingdom, and taken major roles in knowledge exchange projects, at an international level, working with Europol and the BKA (German Federal Police) on the development, management and evaluation of pan-European cybercrime training programmes. He serves on the editorial boards of Policing (Oxford Journals) and Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice (Emerald) and is Visiting Senior Research Fellow at Canterbury Christ Church University.
  • Dr Billie Lister is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology. Prior to joining Leeds Beckett University, she led a Scottish Government funded longitudinal study investigating the impact of welfare reform on claimants in Scotland at Edinburgh Napier University. She specialises in researching the commercial sex industry and has looked at policy changes in Scotland and the impact this had on the working strategies used by street based sex workers. She completed an ESRC funded PhD study in 2012, which looked at changing working environments in lap-dancing clubs from a dancer’s perspective. She recently published a book chapter in the forthcoming book Sub-Urban Sexscapes alongside Professor Phil Hubbard on the findings of the ESRC funded project Sexualisation, nuisance and safety: Sexual Entertainment Venues and the management of risk, which was the first piece of academic research which looked at the impact of sexual entertainment venues on the communities in which they are located. Billie was Research Associate on this project. Billie has also worked as a researcher on The Student Sex Work Project in Wales. Billie’s interests include the commercial sex industry, sexualisation of popular culture, stigma (particularly in relation to HIV/AIDS and those involved in the sex industry) and ethnography.
  • Dr Katerina Gachevska is a Principal Lecturer in Criminology. Her expertise includes European security, EU enlargement and criminal justice conditionality, contemporary political history of South-Eastern Europe, critical security studies, organised and corporate crime, and cultural criminology. She is currently researching the process of social, cultural and political transformations linked to the rise of ‘risk and insecurity’ discourses internationally.
  • Bevis McNeil is Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Course Leader for BA Criminology with Psychology. Prior to this he was a Lecturer in Philosophy at Durham University. Bevis is responsible for teaching across the curriculum but with a particular focus on modules related to sociological and philosophical aspects of criminology and social psychology as well as supervision of dissertation students. Bevis is close to the completion of his PhD thesis at Durham University. Recently, Bevis has been conducting research into the psychology of the self, with regards to an existential understanding of our being-in-the-world in terms of the history of metaphysics.
  • Angela Grier is Erasmus Coordinator and Senior Lecturer in Criminology. Before joining Leeds Beckett University, Angela worked as a probation officer with both young and adult offenders. Angela was also a trainer for the Probation service in Domestic Violence. Prior to this she obtained a Diploma in Drama therapy from Goldsmith University, and worked for many years in both the voluntary and statutory sector as a therapist in London. She is a member of the National Association of Probation Officers, and Yorkshire Association for Youth Justice. A qualified Social Worker, Angela leads the teaching of Youth Crime and Justice.
  • Helen Nichols is Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Course Leader for BA Criminology. Her PhD studies at Hull University and her research areas include adult male imprisonment, prison education, prison sociology, masculinity, identity and coping with the experience of imprisonment. She is also interested in life history as a research method and as part of her PhD explored prison education in the context of prisoners' life stories. At present Helen is working on publishing parts of her PhD and is in the process of planning a research project with English Pen, an organisation that delivers reading and writing workshops in prisons. In addition, Helen coordinates with Dr Bill Davies the Prison Research Network to encourage prison research across Leeds Beckett University faculties and to engage with the wider prison research community.
  • Dr Amanda Wilson is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology in the criminology group. She is interested in critical research regarding health services and marginalisation. Her research explores British men's engagement in family planning. Specifically, how men's engagement is influenced by: training manuals, health professionals, female partners, male contraception, and seminal discourse. She is also further interested in developing her critical understanding of engagement with harm reduction services by IV drug user.
  • Dr John Gregson is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Course Leader MSc Criminology. His research interests include radical criminological theory and the philosophy and politics of crime and justice. In particular, John is interested in radical theories of justice such as those developed by the moral philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre. John’s new paper ‘Marxism Lost and Found: Alasdair MacIntyre and the Contemporary Debate’ is due to be published shortly in International Critical Thought. He is also writing a chapter on Socialism and Communism for a Political Ideologies textbook written with colleagues in Politics & Applied Global Ethics.
  • Dr Waqas Tufail is Senior Lecturer in Criminology. He has recently joined Leeds Beckett Criminology from the University of Liverpool where he was Research Fellow. His research focus is the racialization and criminalization of young Muslims, and policing ethnicity. His most recent publication is ‘Justice Denied – Police Accountability and the Killing of Mark Duggan’, in David Whyte How Corrupt is Britain?
  • Dr Linda Asquith is Senior Lecturer in Criminology. She has recently joined Leeds Beckett from Nottingham Trent University, where she was a Lecturer in Criminology. Her research interests are centred on the concept of victimisation and the relationship between victim and survivor identities. She also has an interest in the life after crime, particularly for victims and those who experience miscarriages of justice. Her PhD was entitled ‘Life After Genocide: A Bourdieuian Analysis of the Post Migratory experiences of genocide survivors’ and as such, she is interested in state crimes and state harms and the recognition of such acts by wider society. At present, she is working on converting her PhD thesis to a book, and developing an article related to victim policy and hierarchies.
  • Dr Katie Dhingra is a Senior Lecturer in Criminological Psychology. Her primary research interests relate to suicidal behaviour, psychological responses to trauma, and psychopathy and violence among criminal offenders. Katie completed her PhD at The University of Sheffield in 2012. She joined Leeds Beckett University in 2015, having previously worked as a Lecturer in Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University and a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Huddersfield. Her main research interest lies in the application of theoretical models to enhance our understanding of behaviour (suicide and criminal behaviour). She is currently involved in a number of projects related to suicidal behaviour including examining the associations between psychopathic traits, trauma, and suicide in offender populations, and suicidal behaviours in university students and nurses. In addition, she is currently examining psychopathy and criminal cognitions in prisoners in the US, Poland, and UK. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Criminal Psychology. (View the journal.)
  • Anthony Forde is Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Investigative Psychology, whose expertise is inter-disciplinary and revolves around obtaining evidence by interview/interrogation and torture in Civil and Military Society and its application to Human Rights Investigations. In essence he is interested in how evidence and intelligence is gathered by Civil and Military investigators through the ‘Investigative Interview/interrogation’ and torture process and the legal and psycho-social issues surrounding the methods and tactics used.
  • Dr Anthony Drummond is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology. He previously taught at Birmingham City, Middlesex, Westminster, Bedfordshire and Hull Universities. Anthony has collaborated with colleagues and advised the police and criminal justice agencies on Gypsies, Travellers and Roma in the criminal justice system, which was also his doctorate thesis. He has supported young ex-offenders for NIACRO in Northern Ireland, and managed a support service for vulnerable adults in Northampton, London and Luton (as well as engaging with 'dangerous' offenders and PPOs during that time). Currently Anthony is seeking funding to research the Gypsy Roma Traveller Police Association to engender positive changes and trust in the policing of Gypsy Roma Traveller communities. He has published Becoming Visible: Gypsy Roma Travellers in Prison available online.
  • Dr Maria De Angelis is Senior Lecturer in Criminology and a qualified Probation Officer. Prior to joining Leeds Beckett University, Maria taught Community Justice at the University of Bradford and Criminology at Sheffield Hallam University. Maria is a member of the Women, Crime and Criminal Justice network and the Wilberforce Institute of Slavery and Emancipation (WISE). Her expertise lies in researching human trafficking and transnational - UK forced marriages. Maria is experienced in designing new academic curricula and CPD training in contemporary trafficking and is published in her area. Her most recent publication is Human Trafficking: Women’s Stories of Agency (2016). Maria is presently conducting empirical inquiry in the field of crimmigration – researching dis/empowerment in migrant women’s experiences of immigration detention and the impact of self, policy and community in rebuilding lives. The ‘Rebuilding Lives’ project contributes to achieving a University of Sanctuary status.
  • Dr Maggie Leese started her career as a nurse and later trained as a social worker at the University of Nottingham before taking up her first academic role as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Wolverhampton in 2005. She later became the Head of Department for Childhood, Family and Community studies before moving to her post as Professional Lead for Criminology at Leeds Beckett University in January 2014. Maggie has been involved in a number of research projects including a study into the health and well-being of young people within the Children’s Hearing System in Scotland and her PhD study that focused on the support needs of young women who had become mothers at an early age. Her current research interest is in examining how people who have a mental health difficulty experience the criminal justice system and she is currently exploring mental health within police custody in the West Midlands and Yorkshire. In addition Maggie is interested in how the diagnosis of a serious mental illness impacts on the assessment of risk, and the construction of ‘dangerousness'. Maggie is currently seconded to the Social Work Group at Leeds Beckett.

Criminology Case Studies

Case Study: Life in Low-pay, No-Pay Britain
The relationship between crime and poverty is complex and controversial. This study of poverty funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, led by Teesside University in partnership with Leeds Beckett University, examines the relationships between personal, family and labour market factors in explaining people's repeated movements into and out of poverty over the course of their lives, and how this links to the low-pay, no-pay cycle and broader experiences of disadvantage; documents experiences of everyday hardship and recurrent poverty amongst individuals with strong work motivation and repeated episodes in employment; and outlines a series of policy measures to tackle the problems of the low-pay, no-pay cycle. Findings can be viewed here.

Case Study: Youth On Religion
Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council this two-year project entitled ‘Negotiating Identity: young people’s perspectives on faith values, community norm and social cohesion’ is led by Brunel University, with partners at Middlesex University and Leeds Beckett University. Religion is an important influence on social and community relations. Nonetheless, little is known about where young people position themselves in terms of their religious identity and adherence, or about their broader perspectives on religion and its positive and negative aspects. This large-scale study seeks to provide insight into these questions through multidisciplinary investigation that embraces psychology, sociology, criminology, history, geography and anthropology. Further information about the project can be found here.