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Emotion and Criminal Justice Cluster

Emotion and Criminal Justice
Emotion and Criminal Justice

Emotion and Criminal Justice



Emotion and Criminal Justice Cluster

Aims of the Cluster:

  • Collectively explore the topic of emotion within the criminal justice field
  • Expand knowledge, research and teaching on this topic
  • Support and peer review publications, presentations and teaching materials across the cluster
  • Identify opportunities for collaborative multi-disciplinary partnerships
  • Network with other emotion scholars, researchers and practitioners from across and outside the university
  • Source external funding to support cluster activity such as conference attendance, group symposiums, internships and research
  • Identify internal funding opportunities to increase post-graduate scholarships and boost cluster activity
  • Promote research and innovation in line with DMU/ faculty research strategies

Activity and membership

The Cluster meets bi-monthly to discuss the topic of emotion within the field of criminal justice. Membership to the cluster is trans-disciplinary and includes academics from the fields of sociology, criminology, nursing, speech and language therapy, social work, social policy and midwifery.

The group offers academics an opportunity to consolidate their interests together and move towards success in publishing, research tenure and staff development. We also welcome academics and practitioners from outside the university.

Contact us:

Please contact the convenor of the cluster if you are interested in joining or contributing: 

Dr Victoria Knight 


More about Emotion and Criminal Justice Cluster

Past events

Emotion and Criminal Justice Cluster Members



Confidence and Legitimacy in the Police Service and the Need for Emotionally Intelligent Practitioners


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.

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