Emma Kelly

Programme Director and Senior Lecturer in Criminology

School of Social Sciences
+44 (0)121 331 7625

Emma is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Director for Criminology, Policing and Investigation, and Security Studies at Birmingham City University.

Emma attained both her undergraduate BSc Criminology and postgraduate MA Crime and Justice at the University of Chester and is currently in the process of completing her PhD at the University of Gloucestershire. This piece of research is an ethnographic study focusing on Garda Youth Diversion Projects in Dublin City, Republic of Ireland.

Emma is currently a member of the West Midlands Police IAG (Independent Advisory Group). She is also Chair of the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioners Office charity 'Building Blocks' which focusses on supporting vulnerable young people in local communities. Her strong links with WMP and the PCC often result in exciting and unique opportunities for students in the Department of Sociology and Criminology. 

Emma  is also a member of Birmingham City University's Centre for Applied Criminology and leads the centre's research cluster for Teaching and Learning, which complements her role as Social Sciences representative for TEF. 

In 2016 as part of the 'Britain and Terrorism' module and to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising, Emma orchestrated an excursion to Dublin, Ireland for the students where they were given a unique and  in-depth insight into the conflicts between the Republic and Northern Ireland. Emma, having previously worked for the Irish government, was invited along with the students to Dáil Éireann by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, the Irish Prime Minister.  

In 2015, Emma was voted Runner-up Lecturer of the Year in the BLSS Dean's Awards at Birmingham City University

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