Expertise

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

Professor Neil Chakraborti

Neil Chakraborti is the Head of Department and a Professor in Criminology at the Department of Criminology. Over the past 15 years he has been commissioned by a range of funding bodies to design, conduct and manage groundbreaking research studies on diversity and hate crime. He has extensive project management experience, specialises in mixed-methodology research, and utilises evidence-based approaches to research design and delivery. Neil is regularly invited to participate in national and international think tanks and working groups, including the All-Party Parliament Group on British Muslims and Islamophobia, the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee on transgender equality, and the House of Commons Select Committee on hate crime and its violent consequences. 

Neil has amassed more than 40 peer-reviewed publications. His books include Hate Crime: Impacts, Causes and Responses, Responding to Hate Crime: The Case for Connecting Policy and Research, and Islamophobia, Victimisation and the Veil . He holds an honorary position as Adjunct Professor at the University of Ontario, sits on the editorial boards of the British Journal of Criminology, Palgrave Communications and the Youth Voice Journal, and is a member of the Internal Network for Hate Studies and Tell MAMA Advisory Boards. 

Dr Stevie-Jade Hardy

Stevie-Jade Hardy is an Associate Professor in Hate Studies and during the past six years Stevie has been commissioned to undertake a series of major research and consultancy projects on hate crime involving more than 2,000 hate crime victims. She specialises in negotiating access to diverse and 'hard to reach' groups, engaging with vulnerable and disempowered groups, and researching sensitive and difficult topics through both qualitative and quantitative methods.  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 1,000 practitioners and policy-makers within the UK and beyond, and has led on creating a new suite of digital training programmes. Stevie has extensive knowledge of government policy and practice from working as a frontline practitioner within the public and voluntary sector, and is regularly invited to participate in national advisory boards and working groups, including the HMICFRS inspection on police responses to hate crime, the CPS working group on trans equality, and the CPS national scrutiny panel on homophobic and transphobic hate crime. 

Dr Chris Allen

Chris Allen is an Associate Professor in Hate Studies with almost two decades of expertise in researching Islamophobia, the British and European far-right, radicalisation and religiously-motivated hate more broadly. Over the past decade, Chris has accepted various independent advisory roles due to his expertise in policy and legislation relating to these topics, including being an independent adviser on anti-Muslim hate and Islamophobia. He has also submitted written and oral evidence to a range of different government bodies and commissions including the House of Lords Select Committee on Religious Offences, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Islamophobia, All Party Parliamentary Group on Universities, All Party Parliamentary Group on British Muslims, Home Affairs Select Committee on Hate Crimes, and the Commission on Islam, Participation and Public Life among others. 

Chris has published widely both in the UK and elsewhere around the world including Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Serbia, Sweden and the United States. Of note was his 2010 monograph titled Islamophobia which was the first of its kind. Chris also regularly writes comment and other non-specialist pieces, and appears in both broadcast and print media. Chris is also a Senior Fellow at the Centre for the Analysis of the Radical Right and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Royal Society of Arts and the US Government’s International Visiting Leadership Program. He is an alumnus of the John Adams Society and sits on the editorial board of Palgrave Communications.

Fay Sadro

Fay Sadro is a research and evaluation expert, with experience of designing and managing complex projects for private, public and voluntary sector organisations. She leads on a number of projects at the Centre for Hate Studies focused on understanding ‘what works’ when supporting victims of hate crime, improving reporting, and challenging the harms of hate. She has extensive experience of engaging with a range of individuals and ‘hard to reach’ communities. 

Fay brings experience from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), the Royal National Institute for Blind People (RNIB) and NatCen Social Research. As lead for Crime and Justice research in Ipsos MORI’s Social Research Institute, she has run a number of small and large-scale research and evaluation projects for government clients such as the Home Office and Ministry of Justice focused on offender learning, the rehabilitation of serious offenders, hate crime and counter-extremism.