Tania Hussein

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Tania has over 25 years of professional experience, mainly in the area of child protection, psychosocial support, and response in humanitarian action. Tania has spent many years working with both refugees and marginalized Jordanian children and women. Her work has been a combination of direct interaction with beneficiaries at the grassroots level and at the policy and upstream levels. She has developed multiple programmes to respond to and prevent gender-based violence (GBV) against refugee women and children and to prevent and respond to neglect, violence, exploitation and abuse against children. Her work also entailed designing psychosocial support programmes for refugee women and children in addition to trauma intervention programmes. Moreover, Tania is a trainer and has delivered hundreds of training workshops to a wide array of employees from national and international organizations, the police, governmental institutions and UN agencies. Her training workshops focused on issues such as child protection case management, emergency response, interviewing sexually abused children, among many other topics. She has also developed many training manuals and has engaged in quantitative and qualitative research in Jordan identifying gaps in policies and legislation pertaining to child rights and formulating recommendations to bridge those gaps. In 2009, Tania established a small consulting firm through which she works with multiple national and international organizations providing consulting services on the above-mentioned issues and a variety of other thematic topics. Tania is also an international consultant delivering consultancy work on these same issues in Europe, primarily Germany – a host country for refugees - and other regions.

Tania holds a BA degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from Schiller International University in London, an MA in Psychological and Educational Counselling from the Amman Arab University for Postgraduate Studies in Jordan, and an MSc in Investigative Psychology from the University of Huddersfield in the UK. She graduated with distinction in both her masters’ degrees. Currently, Tania is working toward a PhD at the University of Leicester focusing on offenders’ narrative roles and emotions during the enactment of their crimes.

PhD Research

With all the difficult stories Tania has witnessed and dealt with throughout her career, particularly cases of violence against children and women, she has become more interested in understanding why people commit crime and what triggers them to do so. She became interested in exploring not only those crimes committed against children or domestic violence crimes but also a wider spectrum of other crimes. The first step toward furthering her understanding of these issues was to pursue an MSc in Investigative Psychology. Tania found this relatively new discipline quite intriguing, especially issues of narrative psychology/criminology. Individuals develop an internal story where they are the main character or hero so that they can make sense of their lives and circumstances. These stories or narratives also involve psychological dynamics, which can help us understand human actions and motives and also predict future actions. Only a handful of studies have examined the offending experience from the vantage point of offenders’ life-stories, and those studies were limited to Western cultures, primarily the UK. Therefore, Tania’s doctoral research seeks to explore whether the offense narrative roles identified in the literature and the emotions offenders experienced during the enactment of their crimes would apply to offenders from a non-Western culture. Will they have different offense narrative roles or different subsets of emotions than those identified in existing research? Tania’s research sample consists incarcerated male and female Jordanian offenders convicted for a variety of crimes.

Tania has a lot of passion and interest in this topic and hopes that by combining her professional experience with her doctoral studies, she can bring more insight into why people offend, what the instigators or triggers of criminal action are, and what can be done about it. The theoretical contribution of Tania’s doctoral research will be in the form of testing existing theory on narrative roles and its application to a different culture and gender. Practical implications of the research include implications for investigative interviewing, crime prevention, desistence, and offender therapy and rehabilitation.

Tania is being supervised by Dr Matt Tonkin and Dr Lucy Neville.

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