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British Society of Criminology Midlands Regional Group

British Society of Criminology Midlands Regional Group

A collaborative venture from De Montfort University

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Community and Criminal Justice Unit in the School of Applied Social Sciences and Leicester De Montfort Law School


British Society of Criminology Midlands Regional Group

BSC Midlands Regional Group in association with
the Community and Criminal Justice Division in the School of Applied Social Sciences and Leicester De Montfort Law School

Our aim is to:

  • Build upon our close links with criminal justice policy-makers and practitioners in order to strengthen the programme
  • Provide a welcoming forum for mid and early career researchers and PhD students to discuss their work and promote their involvement in the BSC.
  • Run regular public events on a number of themed topics
  • Create opportunities for networking.


BSC Midlands Regional Group Organising Committee:

Professor Estella Baker - Chair
Dr Victoria Knight - Secretary
Professor Gavin Dingwall 
Professor Rob Canton
Jean Hine
Dr Vanessa Bettinson
Dr Tim Hillier  



Please do contact any of us for details about our events or ideas for events across the region.

For other BSC Regional Events click here


A number of our events are coordinated by some of our established research networks here at De Montfort University. 


Emotion and Criminal Justice Cluster 

5th July 2017


Hawthorn Building 00.28


Dr Irene Zempi, Director of the Nottingham Centre for Bias, Prejudice & Hate Crime/Lecturer in Criminology, Nottingham Trent University (email:

Title: Sexism, Racism, Homophobia and Intolerance Towards ‘Difference’ within British Police



Since the Macpherson Report, there has been pressure on the police to increase diversity of police staff. Although British police have recently recruited greater numbers of minority police officers, they still remain vastly outnumbered by their white, heterosexual, male counterparts. Drawing on data from qualitative interviews with 20 participants based in a force in the UK, we examined police officers’ experiences of hostility, discrimination and exclusion internally in the police (Mawby & Zempi, 2016). Although there is a lot of research focusing on police officers’ experiences of racism in the police, other aspects of their identity remain under-researched. In this study, we employed intersectionality (the presence of multiple aspects of identity) in order to examine police officers’ experiences of bias, prejudice and ‘hate’ perpetrated by work colleagues and supervisors. The findings show widespread hostility, discrimination and exclusion towards minority police officers, especially those with multiple and intersecting personal identities.



Irene is the Director of the Nottingham Centre for the Study and Reduction of Bias, Prejudice & Hate Crime, and a Lecturer in Criminology, Department of Sociology, Nottingham Trent University. Irene has published widely on issues of gendered Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hate crime. She is the co-author of the books: Islamophobia: Lived Experiences of Online and Offline Victimisation (Policy Press, 2016 with Dr Imran Awan) and Islamophobia, Victimisation and the Veil (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014 with Dr Neil Chakraborti). Irene is also a board member of Tell MAMA (Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks), Nottinghamshire Hate Crime Steering Group and Leicestershire Police Hate Crime Scrutiny Panel. Irene has extensive experience as a practitioner working with victims of hate crime, domestic violence, volume crime and anti-social behaviour at Victim Support.


Sexual Violence and Domestic Violence Research Network 

Sexual Violence and Domestic Violence Research Network 


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