Hate Crime, Vulnerabilities and Interventions

The Hate Crime, Vulnerabilities and Interventions cluster will bring together researchers interested in exploring the interface of hate crime, intersectionality, social regulation, political, policy and practical interventions and contemporary violence and threats, including extremism and everyday expressions of hate both on and offline.

Hate Crime, Vulnerabilities and Interventions

The growth in both the experiences and groups impacted by hate crime and extremism in the UK and internationally has led to a range of research, policy and practice-based responses and increasing academic interest. The cluster offers an opportunity to showcase the expertise within the School of Social Sciences and through existing and growing networks to develop projects, collaborate and influence understanding and responses to hate crime.    

The cluster aims to:

  1. Identify and describe how hate crime and extremism is produced, consumed and regulated and the implications of these processes/practices for a range of stakeholders: victims; offenders; organisations in and around the criminal justice system and contemporary media.
  2. Influence public, policy and practice-based understanding in relation to everyday hate, extremist threats and the impact this has upon individuals, communities and wider society.
  3. Ensure that research, knowledge and evidence generated within the cluster are impactful, developed and shared with a range of partners to influence and effect change.

The cluster’s objectives are to:

  1. Engage in research which is built on a range of appropriate ontological, epistemological and methodological foundations;
  2. Explore and identify grant and enterprise opportunities, collaborations and learning to enable the development of rigorous and significant research and evaluation projects.
  3. Develop evidence-based products, training, tools and resources for stakeholders that are impactful.
  4. Disseminate research to achieve reach including through networking events, conference presentations, books, peer-reviewed journals, blogs, podcasts and toolkits.
  5. Grow a network of stakeholders relevant to the core themes of the cluster.

Areas of activity

  • Exploring the role of extremist threats and its impact upon society
  • Examining the impact of hate crime and its effect on victims
  • Developing evidence-based resources and tools for practitioners
  • Understanding the root causes of radicalisation
  • Identifying the threats posed by different extreme groups include the far-right
  • Understanding intersectionality

Staff working in this group