Dr Amy Clarke

Deputy Director of the Centre for Hate Studies

School/Department: Criminology, School of



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 nine years. Her research has focused on the ‘hidden’ racism, discrimination and targeted hostility experienced by new migrants, asylum seekers and refugees living in the UK. Amy’s expertise gives her a wide yet in-depth understanding of the needs of hate crime victims and those who experience targeted hostility more broadly. She also has extensive experience developing different approaches to meaningful engagement with groups who are typically perceived to be ‘hard to reach’. 

Amy leads on and supports a variety of research projects in the Centre for Hate Studies and holds a number of advisory positions including the CPS Hate Crime External Consultative Group, Stop Funding Hate Steering Committee, the OfS Expert Group for Evaluating the Student Statement for Expectations, and Leicestershire’s Gypsy and Roma Traveller Independent Advisory Group.

Amy is co-investigator of the Rural Racism Project with Professor Neil Chakraborti and Professor Corinne Fowler.


Areas of research include:

  • hate crime and harassment
  • racism and racist victimisation
  • rural racism
  • refugee and new migrant experiences in the UK
  • belonging and integration

Amy's work often utilises creative and co-produced methods of research and is highly intersectional in nature.


Chakraborti, N. and Clarke, A. (2023) (forthcoming) ‘Demystifying Hate Crime in an Age of Crises’, in Liebling, A., Maruna, S. and McAra, L. (eds.) Oxford Handbook of Criminology. 7th edn. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 

Clarke, A. (2021) ‘The impact of COVID-19 for victims of hate crime and the implications for justice’, The Howard League for Penal Reform ECAN Bulletin, Issue 46,

Clarke, A. (2020) ‘Leicester Lockdown: blame on minority communities needs to be challenged’, The Conversation,



Amy currently supervises PhD students undertaking research in all areas relating to hate crime, targeted hostility and harassment using a variety of methodological approaches. 


Amy is not currently engaged in teaching activity at undergraduate or postgraduate level.

Press and media

Amy co-hosts the podcast series 'Hidden Hate' and is open to media engagement regarding her specific research expertise.

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