Emily Wertans

Emily Wertans

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Emily is a part-time PhD candidate in the School of Criminology. She started with the School in 2014, completing her BA Criminology and MSc Criminology in Practice degrees here, graduating with a First-Class Honours and a Distinction respectively. Alongside these degrees and since their completion, Emily has worked with a range of charitable organisations undertaking work mentoring prisoners, volunteering in breach courts and working with homeless populations and victims of gender-based violence, namely stalking. Emily has also supported and led commissioned research and evaluation projects in the field of hate studies, homelessness and femicide.

Alongside her PhD, Emily is undertaking research with the Centre for Hate Studies, working as a Teaching Fellow in the University of Leicester’s School of Criminology and sits on an expert panel focusing on tackling harassment in Higher Education.

Emily’s current research interests include hate crime and harassment, exclusion and engaging traditionally ‘hard to reach’ and overlooked communities in scholarly research.

PhD Research

Seeking to address the profound gap in academic knowledge, Emily’s doctoral research examines targeted hostility, prejudice and discrimination directed towards homeless populations. Despite a rise in reports of extreme harassment against homeless people, in particular rough sleepers, there is a scarcity of robust research exploring the diverse nature of such abuse and the impact that this has on its victims.

Although often targeted for their perceived homeless status, these individuals are scarcely acknowledged as hate crime victims or worthy of specific attention. Facing rising levels of abuse coupled with an absence of adequate structural level support and protection, this group increases to become further alienated from and victimised by society.

This project utilises quantitative and qualitative methods to interrogate the scale, nature and impact of abuse against the homeless by placing these individuals and their voices at the centre of this research.

Emily is being supervised by Professor Neil Chakraborti and Dr Chris Allen.


Journal Articles

Suhomlinova, O., Ayres, T., Tonkin, M., O’Reilly, M., Wertans, E. and O’Shea, S. (2021) Locked up While Locked Down: Prisoners’ Experiences of the COVID-19 Pandemic, The British Journal of Criminology, online first.


Wertans, E. and Chakraborti, N. (2021) Catalyst for Change: Recognising and Responding to Students’ Experiences of Harassment. Leicester: University of Leicester

The Femicide Census (2020) Femicide Census: 10 year report. London: Nia.

The Femicide Census (2019) Annual Report on UK Femicides 2018. London: Nia.


Wertans, E., "Homeless Hate: The pandemic's impact on prejudice", International Network for Hate Studies (2020).

Veritas Justice (2019) Who are stalkers?. Brighton: Veritas Justice

Veritas Justice (2019) What is stalking?. Brighton: Veritas Justice

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