Dr Neil Chakraborti
Reader in Criminology
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Having graduated from the University of Birmingham with an undergraduate degree in Law, Neil completed his postgraduate qualifications here at the Department of Criminology, graduating with an MA in Criminology in 1999 and a PhD in Criminology in 2007. He has worked at the Department since 1999, during which time he has conducted research on behalf of 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 its anti-racist initiatives; and Greater Manchester Police to evaluate the effectiveness of their diversity training programme. Since then, Neil has conducted a series of research studies commissioned by public authorities across three English counties designed to assess the problem of rural racism and minority ethnic households’ experiences of racist victimisation and criminal justice responses. 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.
Neil is the Principal Investigator of the Leicester Hate Crime Project, a two-year study funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) which is examining experiences of hate crime victimisation and victims’ expectations of criminal justice responses. Further information about this research can be found here - http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/criminology/research/current-projects/hate-crime
He has also been appointed as a Commissioner on an independent commission of inquiry into sex in prisons, established by the Howard League for Penal Reform. Further details about the commission are available here - http://www.commissiononsexinprison.org/
Neil sits on the editorial board of the British Journal of Criminology. He serves on the Board of Trustees for the Howard League for Penal Reform and is the lead organiser of the Partnership Against Targeted Hate (PATH), a knowledge exchange partnership between the University of Leicester and regional criminal justice organisations. He also holds an honorary position as Adjunct Professor at the University of Ontario, Institute of Technology.
Neil has published widely on issues of hate crime, victimisation and diversity.His books include Hate Crime: The Case for Connecting Policy and Research (The Policy Press, 2014, with Jon Garland); Islamophobia, Victimisation and the Veil (Palgrave, 2014, with Irene Zempi); Hate Crime: Concepts, Policy, Future Directions (Routledge, 2010), Hate Crime: Impact, Causes and Responses (Sage, 2009, with Jon Garland), and Rural Racism (Routledge, 2004, also with Jon Garland).
Hate crime and targeted violence; vulnerability; identity and ‘difference’; victimisation; rural racism; policing diversity.
Dr 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, harassment or abuse directed towards people because of their ‘difference’, vulnerability or social disadvantage
- Theories of Crime (Undergraduate year 1 core module)
- Policing (Undergraduate year 2 core module)
- Hate Crime (Undergraduate year 3 optional module)
- Working in Criminal Justice (Undergraduate year 2 optional module)
- Programme leader for the Law and Criminology (LLB) degree
- Deputy Course Convenor for the BA Criminology degree
- Member of the Senate Student Disciplinary Committee
Most Recent Publications
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.
Chakraborti, N. and Garland, J. (2012) ‘Reconceptualising Hate Crime Victimization through the Lens of Vulnerability and ‘Difference’, Theoretical Criminology, 16 (4).
Chakraborti, N. and Zempi, I. (2012) 'The Veil under Attack: Gendered Dimensions of Islamophobic Victimisation' International Review of Victimology 18 (3): 269-284.
Garland, J. and Chakraborti, N. (2012) 'Divided By a Common Concept? Assessing the Implications of Different Conceptualisations of Hate Crime in the European Union', European Journal of Criminology, 9 (1): 38-51..
Chakraborti, N. (ed.) (2011) 'Hate Crime Victimisation', International Review of Victimology, 12 (1): 1-4.