Dr Tian Ma

Job: Lecturer

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 366 4496

E: tian.ma@dmu.ac.uk


Personal profile

Dr Tian Ma completed her dual PhD in Cultural and Global Criminology at University of Kent and Utrecht University. Tian’s doctoral thesis, entitled ‘Contesting Crimmigration in Post-hukou China’, was an ethnographic exploration of the urban experience of migrant daily encounter with the legal system.

Tian has become involved in modern slavery survivor’s support and advocacy service since 2018. She has shared her expert knowledge and contributed to public debate through national and international media on the topic, including appearing on SkyNews, the Euronews and in such publications as The Guardian and the Straits Times.

Tian is happy to supervise PhD students in her areas of interest.

Research group affiliations

Institute for Research in Criminology and Community and Social Justice

Research interests/expertise

Tian’s main research interests centre around issues of migration and crime with a particular focus on crimmigration on the one hand and border criminology on the other.

Areas of teaching

Tian is the module leader for International Perspectives and Prison, Punishment and Society. 


PhD, Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (DPSI, English Law), MA in Criminology, BA in Law

Honours and awards

Erasmus Mundus Doctoral Scholarship EUR 167, 000, European Commission, 2014