Dr Stevie-Jade Hardy

Associate Professor in Hate StudiesDr Stevie-Jade Hardy

Contact details

  • Tel: +44 (0)116 252 3784
  • Email: sj.hardy@leicester.ac.uk
  • Twitter: @DrSJHardy
  • Office: Room 2.11, 2nd floor, 152 Upper New Walk
  • Office Hours: By appointment

Personal details

I am an Associate Professor at the Centre for Hate Studies, which is based in the Department of Criminology. Over recent years I have been commissioned to undertake a number of major research and consultancy projects on hate crime which has helped to shape new and improve policy and practice in this area. As part of these projects I have engaged with more than 6,000 members of diverse and ‘hard to reach’ communities and heard from more than 2,000 hate crime victims.

I have an established track record as a trainer in the field of hate studies, having delivered training on diversity and hate-related themes to more than 1,000 professionals within the UK and beyond. In particular I have been commissioned by police forces, the Crown Prosecution Service, local authorities, NHS Partnership Trusts, schools and charities to deliver bespoke training packages which provide professionals with the knowledge and skills they need to improve responses to hate crime.

I have extensive knowledge of Government policy and practice from working as a frontline practitioner within the public and voluntary sector. I also have experience of managing projects for people with mental ill-health, learning difficulties and physical disabilities; of designing and delivering activities for young people at risk of, if not already engaging in anti-social behaviour; and of providing emotional and practical support to victims of hate crime.


  • Hate Crime
  • Hate, Extremism and Everyday Prejudice
  • Victims of Crime


  • Hate crime victimisation and perpetration
  • Hate crime policy and practice
  • Criminal justice responses to victims

Mapping the Support Needs of Hate Crime Victims in the West Midlands, West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner

Prof Neil Chakraborti and I were commissioned by the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner to conduct a study that will identify the support needs of hate crime victims and will determine whether existing support provision is meeting the needs of hate crime victims. The empirical evidence generated as a result of this project and the recommendations that come from it will help to inform and improve the wider delivery of hate crime support services in the West Midlands.

Hate Crime: Identifying and Dismantling Barriers to Justice, Amnesty International UK

Prof Neil Chakraborti and I were commissioned by Amnesty International UK to conduct a review of the Government’s approach to dealing with hate crime in England and Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. This study was undertaken using a mixed methods approach which consisted of case studies drawn from examples of disablist hate crime, homophobic hate crime, racist hate crime, religiously-motivated hate crime and transphobic hate crime; an analysis of existing data sets; and a review of existing legislation and other forms of national policy relating to hate crime.


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

  • Hate crime victimisation and perpetration
  • Hate crime policy and practice
  • Racially and religiously motivated hate
  • Disability-related hate
  • Homophobic and transphobic hate


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. (2017) Everyday Multiculturalism and Hidden Hate, Basingtoke: Palgrave.

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

Hardy, S. and Chakraborti, N. (2017) ‘Hate Crime’ in P. Carlen (ed) Alternative Criminologies, Oxford: Routledge.

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

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., Garland, J. and Hardy, S. (2014) The Leicester Hate Crime Project Findings and Conclusions: Full Report, Leicester: University of Leicester.

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