Professor Neil Chakraborti

Neil ChakrabortiHead of Department

Professor of Criminology

Contact Details

  • Tel: +44 (0)116 252 5706
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  • Office: Room 2.03 2nd floor, 154 Upper New Walk
  • Office Hours: By appointment only (please email Neil)



Neil is Head of Department and a Professor of Criminology at the Department of Criminology. He is Chair of Research on the Board of Trustees for the Howard League for Penal Reform, and holds an honorary position as Adjunct Professor at the University of Ontario. He sits on the editorial boards of the British Journal of Criminology and Palgrave Communications.

Neil has published extensively on issues of hate crime, victimisation and diversity. His books include Hate Crime: Impacts, Causes and Responses (Sage, 2015 (2nd edition); 2009 (1st edition), with Jon Garland); Responding to Hate Crime: The Case for Connecting Policy and Research (Policy Press, 2014, with Jon Garland); Islamophobia, Victimisation and the Veil (Palgrave, 2014, with Irene Zempi); Hate Crime: Concepts, Policy, Future Directions (Routledge, 2010); and Rural Racism (Routledge, 2004, with Jon Garland).

As Director of the Leicester Centre for Hate Studies, Neil leads a series of ongoing research projects and delivers Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and training to policy-makers and practitioners alongside Dr Stevie-Jade Hardy. Recent research projects include studies commissioned by Amnesty International UK, the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Hertfordshire’s Office for Police and Crime Commissioner and Leicester City Council.

From 2012 to 2014 Neil led The Leicester Hate Crime Project, a two-year study funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) which examined the experiences of people victimised on the basis of their identity or perceived 'difference'. This is the largest study of hate crime victimisation ever undertaken in terms of both the numbers and the diversity of hate crime victims accessed. The project led to the publication of a series of reports and briefing papers, more than 200 media appearances and to the creation of a short film, entitled ‘The Harms of Hate’ which won ‘Best Factual Programme’ at the Royal Television Society Awards 2014 and a ‘Special Jury Award’ at the Learning On Screen Awards 2015.

In 2012 Neil was appointed as a Commissioner on the first ever review of sex inside prisons in England and Wales, established by the Howard League for Penal Reform. The work of the Commission was centred around the themes of consexual sex in prison, coercive sex in prison, and the healthy sexual development of young people in prison.

Neil has worked at the Department of Criminology since 1999. He completed his postgraduate qualifications here too, graduating with a PhD in Criminology in 2007 and an MA (distinction) in Criminology in 1999, having graduated from the University of Birmingham with a first degree in Law in 1998. During his time at Criminology Neil has conducted research on a wide range of themes and for a wide range of funding bodies. This includes studies commissioned by the British Oil Security Syndicate and the Dixons group to investigate issues of retail security; the Charlton Athletic Race Equality (CARE) Partnership to analyse the development of anti-racist initiatives; and Greater Manchester Police to evaluate the effectiveness of their diversity training programme. Subsequently, he led a series of research studies commissioned by public authorities across three English counties to assess problems of rural racism and experiences of targeted hostility. His other funded research projects include a systematic review of policing gang violence; an analysis of police engagement strategies used to promote dialogue with faith communities; and an evaluation of public authority responses to targeted violence and harassment undertaken on behalf of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission.

Research Interests

  • Hate crime
  • Targeted violence and hostility
  • Victimisation
  • Vulnerability
  • Rural racism
  • Policing diversity

PhD Supervision

Professor Chakraborti would be interested in supervising PhD study in the following areas:

  • Hate crime victimisation, perpetration or policy (in the context of either racist, religiously motivated, homophobic, transphobic or disablist hate crime)
  • Violence or hostility directed towards people because of their ‘difference’, vulnerability or social disadvantage


Administrative Responsibilities

  • Head of Department
  • Director of the Centre for Hate Studies

Most Recent Publications

Chakraborti, N. and Garland, J. (2015) Hate Crime: Impacts, Causes and Responses (2nd edition), London: Sage.

Garland, J., Chakraborti, N. and Hardy, S. (2015) ‘‘It Felt Like a Little War’: Reflections on Violence against Alternative Subcultures’, Sociology (accepted and in press).

Chakraborti, N. (2015) 'Re-Thinking Hate Crime: Fresh Challenges for Policy and Practice', Journal of Interpersonal Violence (accepted and in press).

Chakraborti, N. and Zempi, I. (2015) ‘‘They Make Us Feel Like We’re a Virus’: The Impact of Islamophobic Victimisation on Veiled Muslim Women’, Current Issues in Criminal Justice (accepted and in press).

Chakraborti, N. (2014) 'Framing the Boundaries of Hate Crime' in N. Hall, A. Corb, P. Giannasi and J. Grieve (eds) The International Handbook of Hate Crime, London: Routledge.

Chakraborti, N. and Garland, J. (2014) (eds) Responding to Hate Crime: The Case for Connecting Policy and Research, Bristol: The Policy Press.

Zempi, I. and Chakraborti, N. (2014) Islamophobia, Victimisation and the Veil, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Chakraborti, N. and Zempi, I. (2013) ‘Criminalising Oppression or Reinforcing Oppression? The Implications of Veil Ban Laws for Muslim Women in the West’, Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 64 (1): 63-74.

Chakraborti, N. and Phillips, C. (2013) ‘Minority Groups and the Penal Landscape: Challenges for Research and Policy’, in A. Dockley and I. Loader (eds.) Penal Landscapes: The Howard League Guide to the Penal Landscape of England and Wales, London: Routledge.

Chakraborti, N. and Zempi, I. (2013) ‘Criminalising Oppression or Reinforcing Oppression? The Implications of Veil Ban Laws for Muslim Women in the West’, Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 64 (1): 63-74.

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