Professor Neil Chakraborti

Neil Chakraborti

Head of Department

Professor of Criminology

Room 2.03, 2nd floor, 154 Upper New Walk

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 5706

Email: neil.chakraborti@leicester.ac.uk  

Personal details

I am Head of Department and a Professor of Criminology at the Department of Criminology, and I hold an honorary position as Adjunct Professor at the University of Ontario. I am series editor of Palgrave Hate Studies and an editorial board member for the British Journal of Criminology, Palgrave Communications and the Youth Voice Journal. I sit on the Advisory Boards of Tell MAMA and the International Network for Hate Studies, and was Chair of Research for the Board of Trustees at the Howard League for Penal Reform from 2013-2016. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I have published extensively on issues of hate crime, victimisation and diversity. My 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)
  • Rural Racism (Routledge, 2004, with Jon Garland)

As Director of the Centre for Hate Studies, I lead a series of ongoing research projects and deliver 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
  • Hertfordshire’s Office for the Police and Crime Commissioner
  • West Midlands's Office for the Police and Crime Commissioner
  • The Equality and Human Rights Commission
  • The Higher Education Funding Council for England

From 2012 to 2014, I 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, I 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 centered around the themes of consensual and coercive sex in prison and the healthy sexual development of young people in prison.

I have worked at the Department of Criminology since 1999. I completed my postgraduate qualifications at Leicester 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 my time at Criminology, I have conducted research on a broad range of themes and for a wide range of funding bodies. This includes studies commissioned by

  • numerous police forces and local authorities across England and Wales to investigate problems of rural racism and community engagement strategies
  • the Charlton Athletic Race Equality (CARE) Partnership to analyse the development of anti-racist initiatives
  • the Equalities and Human Rights Commission to evaluate public authority responses to targeted violence and harassment
  • the British Oil Security Syndicate and the Dixons group to investigate issues of retail security

Teaching

Office hours: by appointment

  • Hate Crime (undergraduate)  

Publications 

Chakraborti, N. (2017) ‘Responding to Hate Crime: Escalating Problems, Continued Failings’, Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Chakraborti, N. and Hardy, S. (2017) ‘Beyond Empty Promises? A Reality Check for Hate Crime Scholarship and Policy’, Safer Communities, 16 (4): 148-154.

Hardy S and Chakraborti N (2017) A Postcode Lottery? Mapping Support Services for Hate Crime Victims. Leicester: University of Leicester.

Hardy S and Chakraborti N (2017) Hate Crime: Identifying and Dismantling Barriers to Justice, Leicester: University of Leicester.

Chakraborti, N. (2016) ‘Mind the Gap: Making Stronger Connections between Hate Crime Policy and Scholarship’, Criminal Justice Policy Review 27 (6): 577-589.

Hardy S and Chakraborti N (2016) Healing the Harms: Identifying How Best to Support Hate Crime Victims, Leicester: University of Leicester. 

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, 49 (6): 1065-1080.

Chakraborti, N. (2015) 'Re-Thinking Hate Crime: Fresh Challenges for Policy and Practice', Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 30 (10): 1738-1754.

Chakraborti, N. and Zempi, I. (2015) ‘‘They Make Us Feel Like We’re a Virus’: The Impact of Islamophobic Victimisation on Veiled Muslim Women’, International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 4 (3): 44-56.

Chakraborti N and Hardy S (2015) LGB&T Hate Crime Reporting: Identifying Barriers and Solutions. Manchester: Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Research

Interests:

  • Engagement with diverse communities
  • Hate crime victimisation, perpetration and policy
  • ‘Otherness’, ‘difference’ and perceived vulnerability
  • Policing diversity
  • Rural racism

Supervision

  • My current PhD students are conducting innovative research on a diverse range of topics relating to the themes listed above under ‘Research’. If you are considering a PhD in any of those areas please do feel free to get in touch.

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LE1 7QA
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E: criminology@le.ac.uk

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