Amy Clarke


Amy is a full-time PhD student and Graduate Teaching Assistant at the Department of Criminology, University of Leicester supervised by Professor Neil Chakraborti and Dr Stevie-Jade Hardy. Prior to embarking on her PhD in October 2014, Amy completed both the BA Criminology and MSc Applied Criminology programs also with the University of Leicester, winning the ‘Best Student’ prize in 2014.

During her Masters degree Amy worked for the Leicester Hate Crime Project conducting data analysis as part of a work placement. She also gained experience in engaging with a wide range of communities through her role as a Support Worker for Victim Support where she specialised in supporting victims of hate crime and survivors of sexual abuse.

PhD Research

This PhD studies racially motivated targeted hostility experienced by ‘new’ migrants and refugees currently living in Leicester. The research aims to explore the harms these experiences cause victims, as well as identifying the support needs of these highly marginalised and stigmatised groups. The ‘new’ migrants and refugees’ views and experiences will be captured through employing a flexible, qualitative methodology, including semi-structured interviews, participant observations, informal conversations and shadowing participants in their everyday lives to gain an in-depth and comprehensive understanding of their lived realities. An auto-ethnographic approach is also utilised to highlight the personal and emotional aspects of such fieldwork.

The UK is fortunate to have a well-developed hate crime policy, however, the reputable theories of racially motivated hate crime are primarily built on research that focuses on more established and ‘familiar’ minority groups. In order to develop truly comprehensive policy responses that effectively protect all victims of targeted hostility, this research aims to discover whether or not well-established theories of racist victimisation can also apply to the experiences of highly marginalised ‘new’ migrants and refugees. The findings of this research will highlight the everyday lived realities of participants and the harms caused by their experiences of targeted hostility as well as the support needs of victims, their families and the wider community.

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