Neil Chakraborti

  • Wednesday 18 October 2017
  • 12.00pm-1.00pm
  • Frank and Katherine May Lecture Theatre, Henry Welcome Building
  • Professor Chakraborti and Professor Teela Sanders will each present a half-hour lecture

Beyond Empty Promises and Flawed Responses? Tackling the Harms of Hate

The need for improved responses to hate crime has become all the more apparent at a time when numbers of incidents have risen to record levels, both within the UK and beyond. Despite signs of progress, this sharp increase – and the associated escalation in hostility towards ‘difference’ that accompanies such spikes – casts doubt over the effectiveness of existing measures and their capacity to protect victims of hate crime.

Drawing from an extensive body of research, including groundbreaking studies of rural racism and fieldwork conducted with more than 2,000 victims of hate crime, Professor Chakraborti highlights a series of continued failings in relation to dismantling barriers to reporting, prioritising meaningful engagement with diverse communities and delivering effective criminal justice interventions. Such failings exacerbate the sense of alienation felt by victims from a diverse range of backgrounds and compound the physical and emotional harms that victims will already have to contend with as part of the process of experiencing hate crime. Within this context he identifies ways in which criminological research can generate sustained improvements to frontline responses, and in doing so address the disconnects between policy, scholarship and victims’ lived realities.

Neil Chakraborti 200x266.jpgProfessor Neil Chakraborti

Neil Chakraborti is a Professor of Criminology, Head of Department and Director of the Centre for Hate Studies at the University of Leicester. He has published extensively within the field of hate crime and has been commissioned by the Economic and Social Research Council, the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Amnesty International and a range of other funding bodies to conduct groundbreaking research into the nature, prevalence and impacts of targeted hostility.

His work is internationally acclaimed and continues to shape government policy, criminal justice strategy and criminological agendas. Equally importantly, his work has given a voice to marginalised communities and has inspired a growing body of scholars to explore harms and vulnerabilities that have typically been overlooked and under-explored. Neil is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Ontario, sits on the Advisory Boards of the International Network for Hate Studies and Tell MAMA, and has won numerous accolades including awards from the Royal Television Society, Learning on Screen and the Leicester Mercury.

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