The Centre for Hate Studies


The Centre for Hate Studies is renowned for its pioneering research on issues of hate and extremism. As well as undertaking large-scale studies, we are also regularly commissioned by organisations within the public, private and third sector to conduct smaller, tailored pieces of research.

Responding to students' experiences of harassment

We were commissioned by the University of Leicester to undertake research into the nature, scale and impact of harassment facing students in higher education. Through engagement with a large and diverse sample of university students and rigorous analysis of all forms of harassment, the study generated sector-leading evidence with recommended areas of focus to address harassment and to support those affected.

Read our report (PDF, 711kb)

The Leicester Hate Crime Project

Over a two-year period we conducted Britain’s biggest ever study of hate crime victimisation, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. The project uncovered new insights into the nature and extent of hate crime, and into the impact of these offences upon victims, families and wider communities.

Find out more about The Leicester Hate Crime Project.

Identifying and dismantling barriers to justice

We were commissioned by Amnesty International UK to undertake a review of the state's approach to dealing with hate crime. Through a series of case studies, this research illustrates that victims are being let down by existing legislative and policy responses to hate crime and it identifies a number of recommendations for addressing these problems.

Find out more about identifying and dismantling barriers to justice.

Identifying barriers and solutions to hate crime under-reporting

We were awarded a grant from the Equality and Human Rights Commission to lead a project that explored the reasons why lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are unwilling and/or reluctant to report hate crimes to the police or another relevant organisation. We used the findings to develop an evidence-based template of good practice to inform the wider delivery of new and existing hate crime reporting strategies.

Find out more about identifying barriers and solutions to hate crime under-reporting.

Recognising the support needs of hate crime victims

We have been commissioned by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire to lead a project designed to inform the development of a new hate crime strategy and victims’ support service. This research will generate much-needed knowledge on the emotional, physical and health support needs of hate crime victims, and we will use the findings to produce a set of recommendations that will improve existing hate crime policy and practice in Hertfordshire.

Find out more about recognising the support needs of hate crime victims.

If you have a research opportunity that you would like to discuss with us then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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