The issues of hate crime, victimisation and diversity are becoming more and more prominent in our lives. That’s why I’m leading a number of research projects here at the University of Leicester, to understand the repercussions and identify the solutions that’ll change the world for the better.

I completed my MA in Criminology here at Leicester in 1999 and enjoyed it so much that I decided to stay and do my PhD here too. Race equality was a subject that caught my eye pretty early on, and I’ve been lucky enough to work on numerous high-profile projects and see my research published globally. I now have the honour of being both Director of The Leicester Centre for Hate Studies, and Head of the Department of Criminology.

I also led the ‘Leicester Hate Crime Project’ – the largest study of hate crime victimisation ever undertaken, where we examined the experiences of people targeted because of ‘who they are’ and their perceived ‘difference’.

And where better to study people of different walks of life than in Leicester? One of the most diverse and vibrant cities in the country, and the place I’m happy to call home.