Here we start to introduce our keynote speakers. More speakers and details will be added in due course.

Neil Chakraborti, University of Leicester

Neil Chakraborti is a Professor in Criminology and Director of the Centre for Hate Studies at the University of Leicester. He has published extensively within the fields of hate studies, victimisation and policing, and has been commissioned by numerous funding bodies including Amnesty International, the Economic and Social Research Council, the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the Leverhulme Trust to lead research studies which have shaped hate crime policy and scholarship. Neil is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and Chair of the Research Advisory Group at the Howard League for Penal Reform. He is series editor of Palgrave Hate Studies, an Associate Editor for Criminology and Criminal Justice, and a member of the ESRC’s Grant Assessment Panel. He also holds a diverse range of advisory positions which include roles with BLM in the Stix, the British Society of Criminology Hate Crime Network, the Crown Prosecution Service, the Human Dignity Trust, the IARS International Institute, the International Network for Hate Studies, Oxford University Press and Protection Approaches.

Paul Giannasi, National Police Hate Crime Advisor

Paul is currently the Hate Crime Advisor to the National Police Chiefs’ Council, having accrued 30 years experience as a police officer. He advises on hate crime policy and coordinates national responses, managing ‘True Vision’ on behalf of the police. He is the co-author of the national Police Hate Crime Guidance which offers advice to all UK police officers and partners. From 2007, until it ended in 2017, Paul led the cross-government Hate Crime Programme. For over a decade, he represented the UK Government to international governmental agencies on hate crime. He is the Chair of Trustees the charity Communities against Crimes of Hate, which works to support victims and build cohesive communities. Paul has a number of publications, including as the co-editor of the 2014 Routledge International Handbook on Hate Crime and Tackling Disability Discrimination and Disability Hate Crime – A Multi-disciplinary Guide, published by Jessica Kingsley in 2015. Paul was awarded an OBE in the 2014 New Year’s Honours list for services to policing, equality and human rights.

Amanda Haynes, University of Limerick

Dr Amanda Haynes is an Associate Professor in sociology at the University of Limerick, Ireland. Her research interests centre on the analysis of physical, discursive, and classificatory violences, and their relationship to prejudice. Her current interests centre on hate crime, policing, stigma and minority access to justice. She has been published in high-ranking journals such as New Media and Society. Her published works include the edited collections Critical Perspectives on Hate Crime: Contributions from the Island of Ireland (2017, Palgrave Macmillan). Her work has been funded by the European Commission, the Irish Research Council, and the Irish Council for Civil Liberties.

Jennifer Schweppe, University of Limerick

Dr Jennifer Schweppe (she/her) is a senior lecturer in law at the University of Limerick, and a co-Director of the European Centre for the Study of Hate. Her research explores the relationship between minority communities and the legal system, with a particular specialism in the area of hate crime. Conducting engaged research with civil society organisations such as Transgender Equality Network Ireland, LGBT Ireland, the Irish Traveller Movement and Pavee Point, she is an award-winning public academic whose work has been funded by the European Commission, the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, and the Irish Research Council. She has published widely, and has a monograph forthcoming with Oxford University Press entitled Legislating Against Hate.

Shane Johnson

Shane Johnson is a Professor of Future Crime. He directs the Dawes Centre for Future Crime at UCL and co-directs the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Cybersecurity at UCL. His recent research has examined the (lack of) security of the Internet of Things (IoT), crime threats associated with biotechnologies, the use of advanced materials (e.g. Graphene) to reduce crime, crime threats associated with Cryptocurrencies, and the security of Smart Cities. He has worked closely with the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on securing the IoT, has a Chief Constable’s commendation for his work on what works to reduce crime, and is on the Scientific Advisory boards of the UK Home Office and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law.

Pamela Ugwudike

Dr Pamela Ugwudike is an Associate Professor of Criminology and Director of Research at the Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology, University of Southampton. She leads the Department’s Digital Technologies Research Cluster. She is a Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute (the UK’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence) and a current and past member of several research and policy-related Advisory Boards including the Ryder Review of the Governance of Biometric Technologies, commissioned by the Ada Lovelace Institute. She is also a co-Editor-in-Chief of Criminology and criminal Justice Journal, the flagship Journal of the British Society of Criminology. Her research considers the ethical and social implications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems, with a focus on the data-driven technologies (such as risk prediction and online social networking algorithms) that structure knowledge production and inform criminal justice policy. Dr Ugwudike is currently working on an ESRC project exploring the risks and harms of ‘sharenting’ on social media and how to develop AI-driven remedial strategies (2021-2024). She has led a number of multidisciplinary projects on: the ethics of predictive policing algorithms (funded by the Alan Turing Institute 2019-2021); the nexus of online epistemic domination and digital exclusion (funded by the Web Science Institute 2019-2020); the digitisation of technologies for evaluating criminal justice practice (funded by Cherish Digital Economy/EPSRC 2016-2017); and the digitisation of an evaluation package for assessing youth justice practice (funded by the ESRC IAA 2018-19). Dr Ugwudike’s research projects are primarily multidisciplinary. They bring together knowledge and expertise from criminology, computer science, mathematics, and software engineering.

Martin Innes

Martin Innes is a Professor at Cardiff University where he leads a multi-disciplinary research institute. He is the author of four books and his work has been influential across both the academic and policy communities, particularly in the fields of: police murder investigations; neighbourhood policing; and counter-terrorism. For the past four years, he has been leading a large-scale international research programme focused upon understanding the causes and consequences of disinformation, across a variety of situations and settings.

Manuel Eisner

Professor Manuel Eisner is Wolfson Professor of Criminology, Director of the Violence Research Centre (www.vrc.crim.cam.ac.uk/) and Deputy Director of the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge. His academic work revolves around the explanation of the causes, the consequences and the prevention of interpersonal violence across human societies. He has published several authored or edited books and over 150 journal articles and book chapters in English, German, Spanish and French. Prof Eisner has also been working as an expert or co-author of reports with national governments, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank and UNODC. In 2014, he organised, with the World Health Organization, the First Global Conference on Violence Reduction at the University of Cambridge. He is the Principal Investigator of the Evidence for Better Lives Study (EBLS), an innovative global birth-cohort study in eight cities across the world at the University of Cambridge and of the Zurich Project on the Social Development from Childhood to Adulthood, with the University of Zurich. You can find his full biography and a list of publications at http://www.crim.cam.ac.uk/People/professor-manuel-eisner. Other research projects managed by Prof Eisner are listed at https://www.vrc.crim.cam.ac.uk/vrcresearch.

Professor Nigel South

Nigel South PhD FAcSS is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex, and holds several associate appointments elsewhere. He has published more than 30 books and journal special issues as author, co-author, editor or co-editor, and more than 200 articles and book chapters. He is currently European Editor of Critical Criminology and in 2013 received a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ from the American Society of Criminology, Division on Critical Criminology and Social Justice. Recent books include: (co-ed, 2020) The Routledge Handbook of Green Criminology (2nd edn.); and (co-author, 2018) Water, Crime and Security in the Twenty-First Century: Too dirty, too little, too much. He is currently co-editing Digital transformations of illicit drugs markets: disruptions and continuities, and working on the concept of ‘health justice’ and the impacts of Covid on Indigenous communities in Colombia.