Research news round-up from around the College

Posted by jcm22 at Dec 01, 2017 11:01 AM |
Find out about what has been happening since the last bulletin was published in June 2017



Department of Criminology

Dr Lisa Smith has been elected to the role of Editor-in-Chief for ‘Science and Justice’. Science and Justice is the official journal of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, and Lisa will hold the Society Council position of Honorary Editor for a 3-year term.


School of Arts

Literary Leicester 2017 saw full houses for 'Yours Faithfully, Edna Welthorpe (Mrs)': A Tribute to Joe Orton (Emma Parker) and 'Green Unpleasant Land: Rural Racism' (inspired by the work of Neil Chakraborti).

At Gaddesby Primary School, Liam McCarthy communicated our own historical research findings to schoolchildren about African American GI children who attended the school during WWII.

Liam McCarthy gave a talk to pupils at Gaddesby Primary School

Meanwhile, in a public lecture, David Olusoga brilliantly demonstrated that British history and black British history are one and the same. As highlighted in the session, our own archaeological, historical and literary research is contributing to an evidence-based reassessment of British history, a history which – as Olusoga argues – is fundamentally global. A playlist of Literary Leicester podcasts will be available shortly.

Department of Criminology

Dr Sam King delivered a keynote talk on the latest evidence on what makes high quality offender management and what can be implemented to reduce reoffending, at a forthcoming conference on Transforming Rehabilitation. Sam has published widely on probation work and desistance theory, and has helped CRCs to implement innovative offender management tools to measure offender motivation.
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Professor Neil Chakraborti has delivered a number of keynote presentations on hate crime victimisation, perpetration and policy in recent months. This includes specially convened events at the University of Oxford (9 November 2017), De Montfort University (15 November 2017) and a Professorial Inaugural Lecture here at the University of Leicester alongside Professor Teela Sanders (18 October 2017). He was also invited to give oral evidence to the Committee on Standards in Public Life review into the intimidation of Parliamentary candidates (12 September 2017) and to Turkey’s Minister for EU Affairs (13 September 2017).

School of History, Politics & International Relations

Andrew Futter, took part in a New York Roundtable discussion hosted by the National Committee on American Foreign Policy. The panel was called ‘Mutually Assured Disruption: Framing Cybersecurity in Nuclear Terms’.

School of Media, Communication and Sociology

Somerville, Ian. Co-winner of the 2017 PRIDE National Communication Association (NCA) Book Award for ‘International Public Relations: Perspectives From Deeply Divided Societies’. Edited by Ian Somerville, Owen Hargie, Maureen Taylor, & Margalit Toledano (Routledge).


Department of Criminology

Talks are in progress to establish a new research partnership with survivors of rape and gender based violence. Wangu Kanja, a Kenyan activist who survived a harrowing rape and carjacking, and went on to establish the Wangu Kanja Foundation meets with researchers at our University and practitioners at Leicester Rape Crisis.

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Dr Lisa Smith, Lynda Yorke (Manager, Leicester Rape Crisis), Wangu Kanja, Dr Clare Gunby, Meirion Reynolds (Honorary President, Leicester Rape Crisis)

New Tiger Team

Kate Gooch (Law) will lead a new Tiger Team on Prison Research along with Tammy Ayres and Matt Tonkin (both Criminology) and Emma Palmer (Neuroscience, Psychology & Behaviour).

The aim of the network is to work towards the development of a Network application.

School of Media, Communication and Sociology

Christian Morgner is an invited fellow at the University of Leuven and recently delivered two research seminars there:

  • Meaning-making in the arts
  • Global art festivals seen through the lens of network theory

Interviews and public discussion

School of Media, Communication and Sociology

Demir, Ipek (2017) 'We don't want more diversity managers, we want justice'. Interviewed by Mondiaal Nieuws

Demir, Ipek. (2017) ‘Viewpiece’ in Discover Society: Neither about Britishness, nor about Citizenship - The Life in the UK Test.

Corinne Fowler, ‘Was Emily Bronte’s Heathcliff Black? via The Conversation.

TV Programmes

School of Archaeology and Ancient History

‘In the Footsteps of Caesar’ The SAAH Leverhulme Trust project led by Colin Haselgrove has found the first Roman fort from Julius Caesar’s invasions of Britain. Located on the Kent coast the site is interpreted as the base of the fleet in 54 BC. Broadcast on 29 November 2017, BBC 4 ‘Digging for Britain.’ (Available until 30th Dec 2017 on BBC iPlayer).

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