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Azrini Wahidin

Professor and Director of Criminological Research

Azrini Wahidin

About Azrini Wahidin

Professor Azrini Wahidin (PGCE, MA, PhD, FAcSS, FLF, SFHEA, FRSA). She is  a serving  REF  2021 panel member for Main Panel C: Social Work and Social Policy, UOA 20.

Research Director for the Centre for Crime, Harm Prevention and Security in the School of Social Sciences Humanities and Law

Prior to taking up this role as Research Director for the Centre for Crime, Harm Prevention and Security,  she was  the Associate Dean for Research andInnovation in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Law and Teesside Business School. She contributed extensively to the Research and Innovation strategic and operational leadership in both Schools with atotal of more than 200 staff, 4000 students and 8 Units of Assessment. Her  new role is  continuing  aspects of her AD role and to  provide operational and strategic and operational leadership and direction for the Research Centre for Crime Harm Prevention and Security held in the School ofSocial Sciences, Humanities and Law. At the request of the Dean and in addition to her role as AD for R&I,  she took on the role as Acting Head for Criminology, Policing and Law providing strategic and operational leadership across a diverse portfolio.

She researches on the issues of imprisonment, youth justice, violence against women, women in the criminal justice system, transitions out of custody, the criminalisation of migrants, the engendering of punishment and the experiences of elders in prison in the UK and USA.  Her previous work focused on older women in prison, managing the needs of elders in prison, the meaning of death and dying for prisoners, youth justice, older LGBT persons, resettlement, the body and dirt.  Azrini has a wide interest in the links between criminal justice and social justice, looking at race, sexuality, gender and social exclusion. She also has a strong interest in research methodologies and research ethics.

Author of a range of academic articles in international journals and edited collections. Her latest book; Ex-Combatants, Gender and Peace in Northern Ireland - Women, Political Protest and the Prison Experience, (2016:Palgrave Press) focused on female former politically motivated prisoners and the role of transitional justice in post-conflict societies. She has recently published an edited collection with Professor Malcolm Cowburn and Professor Loraine Gelsthorpe entitled:  Research Ethics in Criminology -Dilemmas, Issues and Solutions (2017:Routledge). In 2018, she published with  Dr Linda Moore and Professor Phil Scraton an edited book entitled:  Women’s Imprisonment, Decarceration and the Case for Abolition: Critical reflections on Corston. (Routledge). 

A selection of her other books include: Older Women in the Criminal Justice System: Running out of Time (Jessica Kingsley); Criminology (ed) (Professor Hale, Professor Hayward and Dr Emma Wincup), Ageing, Crime and Society (ed)(Professor Maureen Cain),); Understanding Prison Staff (ed) (Dr Bennett and Dr Crewe) and Criminal Justice (ed) (Professor Hucklesby). She has edited special editions and published numerous articles. 

She has been awarded in excess of £1 million pounds in research grants. She has carried out research for the Ministry of Justice, Home Office, Youth Justice Board, Bureau of Justice, Youth Justice Agency of Northern Ireland, ESRC, BA, HM Prison Service, NOMS, and a range of voluntary organisations. She sits on various editorial boards and has edited a number of special editions.  

She established the first undergraduate criminology programme at Kent University and at Queen’s University was Head of Criminology, providing academic leadership, strategic and operational management. Whilst at Queen’s, she was a member of the Senior Management Team, elected member to Academic Council and Senate and instrumental in the role out of Athena SWAN in the Arts and Humanities. Azrini in her role as Research Chair at Nottingham Trent University and as Acting Head of Sociology, improved research income, research outputs and impact and helped drive the successful integration of different disciplines into one Department. She led on the teaching and research work of colleagues in sociology, criminology, public health, youth studies and youth justice. She provided academic leadership, strategic and operational management. She was a member of the Athena SWAN University wide team and the International and Strategic lead for the Department of Sociology.

Research interests and activities

Azrini's research interests reflects her work in Knowledge Transfer Partnerships and her grant generation draws from the following: British Academy,  Northern Ireland Commission on Children and Young People, Youth Justice Agency Northern Ireland, The Sainsbury Family Charitable Trust, Economic Social Research Council, Quaker Connections – Northern Ireland, Nottingham Crime and Drug Partnership.

She researches on the issues of imprisonment, youth justice, violence against women, the criminalisation of migrants, the engendering of punishment and the experiences of elders in prison in the UK and USA. Her previous work focused on older women in prison, managing the needs of elders in prison, the meaning of death and dying for prisoners, women in the criminal justice system, transitions out of custody, resettlement, ex-combatants, the role of transitional justice in post-conflict societies, terrorism, the body and dirt.  Azrini has wide interests in the links between criminal justice and social justice, examining the criminalisation of refugees, LGBT, race, gender and social exclusion. She also has a strong interest in  feminist research methodologies and research ethics.

Research projects & external funding

Antonopoulos, G., Wahidin, A., Crawshaw, P., Wattis, L.(2017) Controlling Migration. NOMS and Middlesbrough Council. £162,000. 

Wahidin, A. (2016) Captured: Documenting Imprisonment. BSC Innovation Fund £1000.00

Wahidin, A and Fuggle, S, (2016) Prison Documentaries: Political Prisoners. Funding from NTU and Nottingham Contemporary Arts £10,000.(Oct – Nov) 

Hunter, J., Tseeloni, A., Wahidin, A., Hamilton, P., Garius,L. (2015) Reducing Shop Theft in Nottingham: Developing Neighbourhood Risk Profiles and Identifying the Effectiveness of Shop-Theft Security Nottingham Trent University & Nottingham Crime Drugs Partnership (as part of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership) & ESRC. KTP009423. The total amount of the project is £136,258 – which is funded jointly by the ESRC, Nottingham Crime and Drug Partnership.

Wahidin, A. (2015) Crime and Drug Partnership part funded full time PhD £28, 500. 

Wahidin, A. (2014) National Offender Management System – Health and Social Care Peer Advocacy, £45,000. Joint Tender between NTU, Carers Federation and NOMS.  £145,000.

Wahidin, A. (2014) Evaluation of Quaker Connections’ Befriending Project at HMP Maghaberry, Northern Ireland Quaker (Co-applicants Dr Linda Moore and Dr Una Convery) £12,000.

Wahidin, A. (2014) School Funding Award: RA to conduct literature review on Force Marriages: £2000.

Wahidin, A. (2013) Examining Crime, Ethnicity and Gender in Nottingham, Crime and Drug Partnership, (Co-applicants, Dr James Hunter)£12,000.

Wahidin, A. (2012) The Role Of Significant Adults In The Lives Of Children Who 

Are In Contact With The Criminal Justice System.  July £12,000 (Co-applicants Dr Linda Moore and Agnieska Martynowitz), NICCY. Northern Ireland Commission on Children on Young People.

2012     ‘Maze Conflict Resolution Centre’: Maze/Long Kesh Reference Group 

Consortia member, PEACE III EU Award (£18 million).

Wahidin, A. (2011) Transitions from Woodlands Funded by the Youth Justice Agency Azrini Wahidin (2011-2012) £10,000. (2011 – 2012).

PhD and research opportunities

Professor Wahidin, has supervised a number of PhD completions and welcomes the opportunity to supervise students  in the broad area of criminal justice and topics related to her research interest. 

The topics range from: Female Foreign Nationals in Prisons in England and Wales, The construction of the Mentally Disorder Women in 19th Century Ireland; Disability and Sexuality; The Mentally Disordered Offender in Prison in Northern Ireland; The Experiences of Transgendered persons and the Criminal Justice System; Survivor Stories of Breast Cancer; The Role of Religion in Male Prison: A Cross- Cultural Analysis.

External roles and professional activities

Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Fellow of the Leadership Foundation

Executive Member of the British Society of Criminology. 

Chair of the British Society of Criminology Ethics Committee. 

ERSC Member of the Peer Review College. 

Athena SWAN panel member.

Guest Professor: Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Tampere, Finland.

Visiting Professor at the Universiti Sainis Malaysia: Centre for Research on Women and Gender: KANITA Institute.

Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Law, University of Malaya.

Visiting International Scholar Melbourne University in the School of Political and Social Sciences. 

Visiting International Scholar at the University of Sydney, Department of Law 

Visiting Scholar – Florida State University  

External research collaborations

1) REF panel member for UOA 20: Social Work and Social Policy

2)She was involved in the European Cost Action IS1106, Network on Offender Supervision in Europe.

3) On the advisory board for PROTON (

4) Member of the ESTC Peer Review College.

PROTON aims at improving existing knowledge on the processes of recruitment to organised crime and terrorist networks through an innovative integration between social and computational sciences.

1) Visiting Professor at Tampere University inthe Faculty of  Social Sciences, January2018.  Part of their DistinguishedLecture Series.  Invitation by Professorof Social Work, Dr Timo Harrikari.

2) Universityof  Malaya, Visiting Professor Faculty ofLaw.

3) External Assessor: University of Malaya, in thefield of  Sociology, Criminology, SocialPolicy and Social Work. Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Department  of Social Administration and Justice

4) Visiting international scholar at the University of Melbourne. School of Political and Social Sciences.

Learning and teaching interests

Criminology Justice
Criminological Theory
Prison, Punishment and Society
Security Studies
The Legacy of the Conflict on the CJS
Female Ex-Combatants 

Enterprise interest and activities

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
Leadership and Organisational Behaviour


Selected publications

Wahidin, A. (2016) ‘Ex-combatants, Gender and the Peace Process in Northern Ireland - Women, the Prison Experience and Political Protest’.  Palgrave

Wahidin, A. (2004) Older Women andThe Criminal Justice System: Running Out of Time, London: Jessica Kingsley.  

Books edited 

Moore, L., Scraton, P. and Wahidin, A. (eds) (2018), Women’s Imprisonment, Decarceration and Case for Abolition: Critical reflections on Corston. Routledge. 

Berkman, A., Moore, J. and Wahidin, A. (eds) (2016), Penal Abolitionism: Papers from the Penal Law, Abolition and Anarchism Conference. Volume 1. ISBN:978191143904.

Cowburn, M., Gelsthorpe, L, Wahidin,A and (eds) (2016), Research Ethics in Criminology – Dilemmas, Issues and Solutions, Routledge. Hardback: 978-1-138-80369-5; Paperback:978-1-138-80370-1; eBook: 978-1-315-75355-3. 

Hale, C; Hayward, K; Wahidin A, & Wincup, E (eds) (2013), Criminology, Oxford:  Oxford University Press. ISBN: 0199270368. 3ed.

Hucklesby, A & Wahidin, A. (eds)(2013), Criminal Justice: Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN No: 0199215545. 2nd.

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In the news

  • Call for action over transgender deaths
    Northern Echo (North Edition),03/02/2018:Northern Echo (Web) 04/02/2018:
    Teesside University academic Azrine Wahidin has called for all transgender prisoners to be held in the same facility to protect them from becoming victims of verbal abuse, physical assault and rape.

  • Sleeping out will put homelessness in the spotlight
    North East Connected (Web), 11/10/2017; Northern Echo, 12/10/2017; Northern Echo (web), 12/10/2017; TFM 02/11/2017
    Professor Azrini Wahidin and Professor Dorothy Newbury-Birch will be braving the cold winter night as part of the CEO Sleepout.

  • Delivering aid with dignity
    Northern Echo, 12/04/2017
    Professor Azrini Wahidin, Associate Dean of School of Social Sciences, Business & Law spent several weeks volunteering for Refugee Support Europe at the Alexandreia refugee camp, Greece.

  • Why universities can't see woman as leaders
    The (Web) 08/03/2017
    Teesside University, Azrini Wahidin, associate dean for research and innovation, points to prevailing expectations: women continue to be pushed into teaching or administration role and not reasearch

  • BBC Radio Tees, John Foster
    BBC Radio Tees, 9/12/2017
    New Associate Dean for Research & Innovation, Professor Azrini Wahidin talks about her new role and research background.