Professor Neil Chakraborti

Professor Chakraborti

Head of School

Professor in Criminology

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I am Head of School, Director of the Centre for Hate Studies and a Professor of Criminology at the School 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, the International Network for Hate Studies and the IARS International Institute, and am Chair of the Howard League for Penal Reform's Research Advisory Group, having previously served as 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 authored more than 50 peer-reviewed publications within the fields of hate crime, victimisation and diversity. My books include:

  • Blood, Threats and Fears: The Hidden Worlds of Hate Crime Victims (Palgrave, 2019, with Stevie-Jade Hardy)
  • 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 oversee a range of research projects, evaluations, knowledge exchange activities and a programme of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) alongside Dr Stevie-Jade Hardy and Dr Chris Allen. This work shapes policy-making and professional practice, and offers practitioners within and beyond the criminal justice sector evidence-based recommendations on a range of themes, including engaging with diversity, supporting victims and tackling hate and extremism.

My recent research projects include studies commissioned by

  • Amnesty International UK
  • Derbyshire's Office for the Police and Crime Commissioner
  • 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 Office for Students

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, a Special Jury Award at the Learning On Screen Awards 2015 and an Award of Excellence at the Canadian Shorts International Film Festival 2017.

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 School 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


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


I am happy to accept applications to supervise PhDs on the following topics:

  • Hate crime victims
  • Hate crime perpetrators
  • Criminal justice responses to hate crime
  • Disablist hate
  • Homophobic and/or transphobic hate
  • Racially motivated hate
  • Religiously motivated hate
  • Any other issues relating to wider themes of prejudice, ‘difference’ and ‘othering’


Chakraborti, N. (2018) ‘Responding to Hate Crime: Escalating Problems, Continued Failings’, Criminology and Criminal Justice, 18 (4): 387-404.

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.

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