Dr Ben Ellis

Lecturer in CriminologyDr Ben Ellis

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I graduated from Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College in 2004 with a BSc (Hons) in Criminology. I went on to complete an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Portsmouth University. Following this I worked as a research analyst at Hampshire Constabulary. I worked on internal and external projects including ward-based fear of crime surveys and community safety. I returned to academia after 2 years and completed an MPhil in Criminological Research Methods at the University of Cambridge. I once again returned to work with Hampshire Constabulary, this time as a research consultant working on a Home Office funded project on racial disproportionality across the criminal justice system. At the completion of this project I completed a PhD in Law at the University of Leeds.

I began my academic career at Coventry University in 2013. I took over as course director for the Undergraduate BSc courses in Criminology (and joint degrees). I joined the University of Leicester in December 2017, initially I was only teaching on the Postgraduate courses. I have now taken up roles as a Level 2 Tutor and I am the Student Experience Lead for the Undergraduate BSc in Criminology Course.


  • Being a Criminologist (Undergraduate)
  • Doing Criminological Research (Undergraduate)
  • Introduction to Criminology (Undergraduate)
  • Research Project (Undergraduate)
  • Violence (Undergraduate)


Peer Reviewed Articles/Chapters:

“Framing Fear: From War to Civilisation and Back” (Chapter) Gern Summer Series. May 2013.


Ellis, B. (2020) “Being Feared: The micro-dynamics of fear and insecurity” Palgrave Macmillan.

Terrill and Ellis (2019) “Faith behind Bars: The Imprisonment of Religion – The Emancipation of Will? Psychology of Religion and Spirituality.

Ellis, B. “Racial Proportionality Performance Across the Criminal Justice System of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight” (Restricted Publication – Official Secrets Act.).

Internal Reports:

“The Dissemination of Intelligence at Parade Briefings: Hampshire Constabulary: A report to the Chief Constable” (Restricted Publication – Official Secrets Act.).

“An Unexpected Interview with an Unexpected Outcome.” The University of Leeds, School of Law Annual Report, 2012.

Research and Areas of Supervision

  • Fear of Crime
  • Violence
  • Police trust/distrust
  • Racial Disproportionality in the Criminal Justice System
  • Historical Criminology

I am currently working on the following projects:

I am working with networks within the Armed Services looking at internal processes and personnel well-being. Specific focus is on ethnic minority representation and experiences. I continue to work with police forces looking at the personal experiences and reflections of officers. The next fieldwork planned concerns the process and experiences of delivering death notices. Forthcoming publications focus on fear of crime/being feared, which are forthcoming in early 2020.

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The School of Criminology
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T: +44 (0)116 252 2458
E: criminology@le.ac.uk


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