The Centre for Hate Studies


Professor Neil ChakrabortiProfessor Neil Chakraborti

Neil Chakraborti is Co-Director of the Centre for Hate Studies, Director of the Institute for Policy, and a Professor in Criminology at the School of Criminology, Sociology and Social Policy. 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.

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Dr Piotr GodziszDr Piotr Godzisz 

Piotr Godzisz is Co-Director of the Centre for Hate Studies and an Associate Professor in the School of Criminology, Sociology and Social Policy. Piotr specialises in researching hate crime victimisation and developing policy responses, focusing particularly on comparative and international contexts. He aims to improve access to justice and extend protection against discriminatory violence and hate speech. Prior to his role at the Centre, he spent two years as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellow at the Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. Piotr holds a PhD from University College London and an MA from the University of Warsaw. His work encompasses research, training, and advocacy in human rights throughout Europe, contributing to organisations such as the OSCE, the Council of Europe, and the European Union.

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Dr Amy ClarkeDr Amy Clarke

Amy Clarke is Deputy Director of the Centre for Hate Studies and has both taught and researched in the field of hate crime for the last decade. Her research has focused on the ‘hidden’ racism, discrimination and targeted hostility experienced by new migrants, asylum seekers and refugees living in the UK.

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Dr Khadidja KelalechDr Khadidja Kelalech

Khadidja Kelalech is a Research Associate at the Centre for Hate Studies and a Research Assistant at the School of Education, University of Leicester. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Leicester, focusing on online misogyny towards Algerian female university students. Khadidja is currently engaged in three international projects exploring refugee women's experiences in Turkey and Germany, the relationship between women's financial independence and peacebuilding in Algeria, and entrepreneurship challenges faced by Internally Displaced Women in Zambia and Ethiopia. Khadidja consults on curriculum development and decolonisation, contributing to decolonising initiatives in Higher Education in the UK and beyond.

Headshot of Chris AllenDr 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. Chris leads our Extremism Hub.

Headshot of Claire DavisDr Claire Davis

Claire Davis is a Lecturer in Criminology with over 10 years of expertise in researching and publishing on police occupational culture,power, authority and leadership, and diversity in policing. Claire’s current work focuses on the
 experiences of ethnic minority police officers. Claire leads our Policing Hub.

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Dr Matt HopkinsDr Matt Hopkins

Matt Hopkins is an Associate Professor in Criminology and Director of the East Midlands Violence Reduction Information Network (VRIN). His work spans a broad range of areas in relation to violence, crime prevention, commercial victimisation and acid attacks. He is regularly involved in applied research projects and evaluations of national government programmes. Matt leads our Violence Reduction Hub.

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Emily WertansEmily Wertans

Emily Wertans is a Research Assistant for the Centre for Hate Studies and supports the various current and upcoming research projects of the team, as well as improving local and national understanding on how to receive and respond to hate. Emily is also completing a PhD exploring hate, harassment and mistreatment directed towards homeless people within Leicester. Within this research she uses creative and arts-based research methods to support diverse and seldom-heard voices in communicating their experiences, feelings and views.

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The Rural Racism Research Team

Dr Rachel Keighley

Rachel Keighley (she/they) is a Research Associate for ‘The Rural Racism Project: Towards an Inclusive Countryside’, funded by the Leverhulme Trust and based in the Centre for Hate Studies. Rachel is also the vice-chair of the British Society of Criminology Hate Crime Network. Rachel earned her PhD specialising in online hate targeting LGBTQ+ young people. Her work focuses on the harms of every day hate, our understanding of identity and difference, and how we can best respond to online hate through policy, practice, and activism.

Dr Viji Kuppan

Viji Kuppan (he/him) is a Research Associate for The Rural Racism Project: Moving Towards an Inclusive Countryside, funded by the Leverhulme Trust and based in the Centre for Hate Studies. In particular, on this Project, Viji is examining the historic, cultural and symbolic expressions of racism in rural areas. More broadly, Viji’s research, teaching and writing uses an intersectional framework to engage with race, disability and gender in popular culture and society. His forthcoming chapter for Bloomsbury, is entitled, Black Crip Killjoys: Dissident Voices and Neglected Stories from the Margins.

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Mulka Nisic

Mulka Nisic is a Research Project Officer for ‘The Rural Racism Project: Towards an Inclusive Countryside’, funded by the Leverhulme Trust and based in the Centre for Hate Studies. She has previous experience as a Project Manager at the University of Derby on an ESF funded project. Mulka is also pursuing a PhD and her research spans nine European countries, exploring the lived experiences of individuals in recovery. The focus is on understanding the role and the impact of recovery capital, stigma and discrimination in the recovery process, and examine gender differences.

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Dr Adrian Yip

Adrian Yip is a sociolinguist, currently working as a Research Associate for ‘The Rural Racism Project: Towards an Inclusive Countryside’, funded by the Leverhulme Trust and based in the Centre for Hate Studies. He completed his PhD in Linguistics at Queen Mary University of London in 2022. He is interested in the relationships between language and social inequality, and has expertise in discourse analysis, multimodality, corpus linguistics and conversation analysis. His most recent article in Corpora discusses gender-bland sexism in online sports news, and the challenges faced by female athletes as they manage the tension between femininity and athleticism


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