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Meet the team

chris3Prof. Chris Birkbeck Chris Birkbeck is Professor of Criminology, and has been at the University of Salford since 2006. Prior to that he was based at the Universidad de Los Andes in Venezuela. He has also been a visiting scholar/researcher at the University of New Mexico and the University of Florida. He has researched and written on a wide variety of topics (victims, youth offending, policing, prisons and probation, crime in the media) from a comparative perspective focusing mainly on Latin America. His current research projects examine reconciliation within restorative justice, and youth offending in Venezuela. He teaches The Criminal Justice Process, and Constructing Guilt and Innocence at the undergraduate level, and International Criminal Justice at Masters level.

MuzammilDr Muzammil Quraishi (CJ Hub Lead) Senior Lecturer in Criminology & Criminal Justice. Muzammil undertook his PhD at the Centre for Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Wales, Bangor. His research focused upon the qualitative experiences of Muslim populations as both perpetrators and victims of crime in Britain and Pakistan. Prior to joining the University in 2002, Muzammil was Research Fellow at the Centre Research in Ethnic Relations (CRER) at the University of Warwick working on the ‘Muslims in Prison Project’ which was the first major study to evaluate the qualitative experiences of Muslim prisoners in the UK and France. Muzammil has developed specialist knowledge about Muslim populations and crime including working with ex-offenders, advising prison research on countering racism and advising policy makers on challenging Islamophobia in criminal justice contexts

MoiDr Toni Wood (CJ Hub Coordinator) Toni has a 1st class degree in Criminology and an MRes in Criminology and Socio Legal Studies. She has recently been awarded her PhD in criminology (University of Salford) where she explored the working lives of female prison officers in a women’s prison. For three years Toni coordinated the Salford University Centre for Prison Studies (SUCPS) and has more recently project managed the development of the Criminal Justice Hub. Research interests include the emotional and psychological survival of adult prisoners, women in the criminal justice system, mental health and wellbeing in prison and the occupational culture of female prison officers. Current research projects include an investigation of the difficulties experienced by offenders with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and the impact the prison environment has on these individuals.

Tina PatelDr Tina G. Patel completed her first degree (awarded 1999) in Criminal Justice at Liverpool John Moores University. Having been awarded funding from a fully competitive scheme, Tina spent 3½ years at the University of Sheffield studying for the qualification of PhD, in a study looking at race, identity and child adoption policy (awarded 2004). She was then appointed as a research fellow for a project funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, at Nottingham Trent University, looking at school exclusion and successful youth transitions within African-Caribbean communities (completed 2004). In September 2004, Tina returned to Liverpool John Moores University to take up a post as a lecturer in Criminology and Sociology. Tina joined the University of Salford in September 2008, as a lecturer in Criminology (with a specialism in violence). In August 2014, Tina was promoted to the position of Senior Lecturer. Her research and teaching interests relate to ‘race’, exclusion, police and violent behaviour. Tina’s areas of expertise are: ‘race’, racism and exclusion – especially in relation to the criminal justice system.
Tina is currently working on a number papers and projects, including a textbook: ‘Race and Society’, for Sage Publications.

Tony EllisDr Anthony Ellis  Anthony Ellis is a lecturer in Criminology and Sociology. He is an ethnographer with research interests in male violence, organised crime, social exclusion and social harms. He is the author of Men, masculinities and violence: an ethnographic study (Routledge) as well as several other articles and book chapters broadly addressing gender and violent crime. With Dr Tina Patel, Anthony is currently researching men drawn to Far Right politics and activism in South Yorkshire.

Dr Laura Connelly Laura is a Lecturer in Criminology. Previous research has explored: the nature and extent of violence against sex workers; the working-conditions and wellbeing of internet-sex workers; and the governance of sex trafficking in England and Wales. Her research interests include: the sex industry, policing, victimology, migration, policing, and governance networks.

Dr Sara Grace Sara joined the University of Salford in 2014, having previously held lecturing posts at the Universities of Bradford and Sheffield. Her PhD research examined the use and impact of penalty notices for disorder, with a particular focus on officers’ use of this power to control disorder in the night-time economy (NTE). More broadly, Sara’s research interests are focused on summary justice, police discretion, procedural fairness and neighbourhood policing.

In August 2015 Sara was awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s Early Career Research Scholarship, a two-year scholarship with a £2,000 bursary to aid the development of her research agenda on procedural fairness in the policing of the NTE.

Dr Kelly Lockwood Kelly is a lecturer in Criminology. Kelly joined the University of Salford as a Research Assistant in 2015 before becoming a Criminology Lecturer in 2016. Kelly completed her PhD (funded by the ESRC) at the University of Huddersfield, focusing on the narratives of mothering and imprisonment. Kelly has since continued to be involved in research in the area of women and the criminal justice system with a focus on mothering and imprisonment. Kelly has a strong commitment to qualitative and participatory research methods, developing projects and research that contribute to the well-being of women and families (particularly those involved in the criminal justice system). Kelly is also particularly interested in narratives constructions of self/identity and how dominant narratives both inform and constrain women’s storytelling.


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