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Anqi Shen

01642 342397
Job title:
Reader in Law
School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law
Social Sciences, Humanities & Law research

About Anqi Shen

Dr Anqi Shen, Reader in Law | REF UoA Lead (Law) | Member of the Research and Innovation Committee (RIC) | Department of Criminology, Law and Policing, School of Social Sciences, Business and Law.

Anqi is Research Fellow at the Jiangsu Collaborative Innovation Centre for Development of Regional Rule of Law in China since 2015; Adjunct Professor at Law School in Nanjing University of Finance and Economics since 2013. 

She is a Consulting Editor for Journal of Women & Criminal Justice (Routledge).

Research interests

Anqi's research focus is in the areas of policing, organised crime, gender, youth, crime and justice, sentencing, the legal profession, judicial culture, and migration and crime. 

She has published in a range of international peer reviewed journals, including British Journal of CriminologyCriminology and Criminal JusticeInternational Criminal Justice ReviewTrends in Organized Crime and European Journal of Crime, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice. She is author of Offending Women in Contemporary China: Gender and pathways into crime (Palgrave, 2015); Women Judges in China: Gender, Judging and Living (Palgrave, 2017, forthcoming).

Enterprise interests



Shen, A. 2017. Women Judges in Contemporary China: Gender, judging and living. London: Palgrave Macmillan (forthcoming).
Shen, A. 2015. Offending Women in Contemporary China: Gender and pathways into crime. London: Palgrave Macmillan.  

Chapters in Books

Shen, A., Qin, C. & Shang, Y. 2017. Migrant Workers, Crime and Punishment: A case study in southern Jiangsu province, China (in Chinese). In Jiangsu Collaborative Innovation Centre for Development of Regional Rule of Law (ed.) Research on the Development of Regional Rule of Law (Volume 2). Beijing: The Law Press China (forthcoming).

Shen, A. 2017. Asian Female Offenders. In F. Bernat & K. Frailing (eds.) The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Women and Crime. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley (forthcoming).

Shen, A. 2017. One Child Policy in China. In F. Bernat & K. Frailing (eds.) The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Women and Crime. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley (forthcoming).

Shen, A. 2016. Child trafficking in China: Who are female perpetrators? In the International Affairs Forum (ed.) Corruption & Human Trafficking (Washington DC: The Center for International Relations). 

Shen, A. & Antonopoulos, G.A. 2016. Women in Criminal Market Activities: Findings from a Study in China. In G. A. Antonopoulos (ed.) Illegal Entrepreneurship, ‘Organised Crime’ and Social Control: Essays in Honour of Professor Dick Hobbs. New York: Springer.

Shen, A., Antonopoulos, G.A., von Lampe, K. & Kurti, M. 2012. The Neoliberal wings of the smoke-breathing dragon: The cigarette counterfeiting business and economic development in China. In P. Whitehead & P. Crawshaw (eds.) Institutionalising Neoliberalism: Theory, Research and Practice. London: Anthem Press.  


Shen, A. & Antonopoulos, G. A. 2016. No Banquet Can Do without Liquor: Alcohol counterfeiting in the People’s Republic of China, Trends in Organised Crime China. First published online doi10.1007/s12117-016-9296-x. 

Shen, A. 2016. The age of criminal responsibility and juvenile justice in mainland China: A case study. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 67(3): 357-371.

Shen, A. 2016. The role of the study–work school: A Chinese case study on early intervention and child-centred juvenile justice. Youth Justice 16(2): 95-112.

Shen, A. 2016. Motivations of women who organized others for prostitution: Evidence from a female prison in China. Criminology & Criminal Justice 16(2): 214-232.

Shen, A. 2016. Female perpetrators in internal Child trafficking in China: An empirical study. Journal of Human Trafficking 2(1): 63-77.

Shen, A. 2016. Female membership in the black-society style criminal organisations: Evidence from a female prison in China. Feminist Criminology 11(1): 69-90.

Shen, A. and Hall, S. 2014. The same the whole world over? A review essay on youth offending and youth justice in China. International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice 43: 273-291. 

Shen, A. 2013. Characterise Chinese language literature in socio-legal studies: A critique (in Chinese). Judicial Studies 9: 54-55.

Shen, A. and Winlow, S. 2013. Women and crime in contemporary China: A review essay. International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice 38(4): 327-342. 

Shen, A. and Antonopoulos, G. A. 2013. Restorative justice or what: Restorative justice practice in the Chinese youth justice system. European Journal of Crime, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice 21: 291-315. 

Shen, A., Antonopoulos, G. A. & Papanicolaou, G. 2013. China’s stolen children: Internal child trafficking in the People’s Republic of China. Trends in Organised Crime 16(1): 31-48. 

Shen, A. 2012. Policing and legal protection of privacy: A comparative study between China and the UK. Journal of Law and Social Sciences 2(1): 1-5. 

Shen, A., Antonopoulos, G. A. & Papanicolaou, G. 2012a. Internal child trafficking in China. The Newsletter 61, Autumn: 11. 

Shen, A., Antonopoulos, G. A. & Papanicolaou, G. 2012b. Child trafficking and local protectionism in China. The Asia Pacific Memo, November.

von Lampe, K., Kuriti, M.K., Shen, A. & Antonopoulos, G.A. 2012. The changing role of China in the global illegal cigarette trade. International Criminal Justice Review 22(1): 43-67. 

Shen, A. and Antonopoulos, G. A. and von Lampe, K. 2010.  The dragon breathes smoke: Cigarette counterfeiting in the People’s Republic of China. British Journal of Criminology 50: 239-258. 

Davies, M. and Shen, A. 2010. Questioning suspected offenders: The investigative interviewing process in the People’s Republic of China. Criminology & Criminal Justice 10(3): 243-259. 

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In the news

  • The painful search for China's missing children slowly gains momentum
    New Zealand Herald, 17/08/2017
    Teesside University's lecturer Anqi Shen talks about China's missing children.

  • Motives of female child traffickers researched by legal 'insider'?
    Express North (Blog), 23/03/2016
    Dr Anqi Shen won a joint research grant to co-lead a team of junior researchers and research students in Nanjing Normal University in a two-year project looking at migration, crime and punishment.

  • Middlesbrough: Campaigners shine light on modern slavery
    Independent Catholic News, 11/09/2014
    Doctor Anqi Shen, senior lecturer in Policing at Teesside University, will be on the panel at local meeting