The research and training activities delivered at the Centre are coordinated by Professor Neil Chakraborti and Dr Stevie-Jade Hardy. Collectively, they have more than 15 years' worth of experience conducting research and publishing on diversity and hate-related issues.

The activities of the Centre are also overseen by an Advisory Board consisting of experts and senior figures from a range of professional and academic backgrounds.

Professor Neil Chakraborti

Neil Chakraborti is the Head of Department and a Professor in Criminology at the Department of Criminology. He holds an honorary position as Adjunct Professor at the University of Ontario and he sits on the editorial boards of the British Journal of Criminology and Palgrave Communications.

Neil has researched extensively on the topics of hate crime, victimisation and diversity, amassing more than 40 peer-reviewed publications. His books include:

  • Hate Crime: Impacts, Causes and Responses (Sage, 2015 (2nd edition); 2009 (1st edition), with Jon Garland)
  • Responding to Hate Crime: The Case for Connecting Policy and Research (Policy Press, 2014, with Jon Garland)
  • Islamophobia, Victimisation and the Veil (Palgrave, 2014, with Irene Zempi)

Neil has more than 15 years’ experience of designing, conducting and managing large- and small-scale research studies. Past research projects include studies commissioned by Amnesty International UK, the Economic and Social Research Council, the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Leicester City Council, Suffolk County Council and numerous policing areas including West Midlands Police, Warwickshire Police, Greater Manchester Police, Leicestershire Police, Northamptonshire Police and Hertfordshire’s Office for Police and Crime Commissioner.

Dr Stevie-Jade Hardy

Stevie-Jade Hardy is a Lecturer in Hate Studies at the Centre for Hate Studies, which is based in the Department of Criminology at University of Leicester. Over the past two years Stevie has been commissioned to undertake six major research and consultancy projects on hate crime. As part of these projects she has engaged with more than 5,000 members of diverse and ‘hard to reach’ communities and has heard from more than 1,900 hate crime victims.

Stevie has an established track record as a trainer in the field of hate studies. Over the past three years she had delivered evidence-based training on diversity and hate-related themes to more than 450 practitioners and policy-makers across England and Wales. In particular she has been commissioned by police forces, the Crown Prosecution Service, local authorities, NHS Partnership Trusts, schools and charities to deliver bespoke training packages which enable practitioners to be more effective at engaging with diversity, supporting victims and tackling hate.

Stevie has extensive knowledge of government policy and practice from working as a front-line practitioner within the public and voluntary sector. She has experience of managing projects for people with mental ill-health, learning difficulties and physical disabilities. She has also worked on designing and delivering activities for young people at risk of, if not already engaging in, anti-social behaviour and providing emotional and practical support to victims of hate crimes.