Dr Nicoletta Policek, PhD

  • Head of Graduate School Associate Professor in Policing & Criminology
  • Institute of Business, Industry and Leadership
Dr Nicoletta Policek, PhD

Biography

As a critical criminologist Nicoletta Policek has combined a career as a teacher, holding several tenure positions in Higher Education, with her passion for social justice and human rights, directing national and international NGOs.  As an expert ethnographer Nicoletta Policek has worked on several research projects ranging from oral histories of gipsy women in a prison setting, the sentencing of women offenders and the evaluation of alternatives to imprisonment, the policing of the outdoor sex industry, and more recently the criminalisation of migration with particular focus on statelessness. 

Her scholarship, supported by the core values of fairness and integrity, excellence and partnership working, is mirrored by her expertise in crafting research funding proposals and developing and implementing institutional fundraising policies and programmes, as well as her commitment to be proactively involved in participatory action research.

Nicoletta Policek strongly holds to the commitment that research has to benefit the wider community, further than the research participants and outside the confinement of the academic world. For this reason, she consistently engage in knowledge generation, knowledge exchange and knowledge transfer activities supporting hard-to-reach population groups with resources for community-led research to tackle issues such as interpersonal and state abuse and violence, stigma and discrimination and human rights violation. In this way she is working towards building the capacity of grass-route communities to be actively involved in forging more meaningful relationships with the criminal justice system. Such collaborative research has produced high quality outputs with demonstrable impact, in particular influencing leading edge practice far beyond the gendering of the criminal justice system.

Qualifications and memberships

PhD Criminology University of Edinburgh

MSc Legal and Social Studies University of Edinburgh

MA Politics and Sociology University of Padua, Italy

BSc Politics and Sociology University of Padua, Italy

Nicoletta Policek is a member of several learned societies.

British Society of Criminology (award for excellence in teaching, 2013)

European Society of Criminology

American Society of Criminology

Italian Society of Criminology

Academic and research interests

Nicoletta Policek is an enthusiastic social scientist interested in the broad field of victimology, penology, gender and sexuality studies, migration and criminal and social justice.  criminalisation of HIV and other blood borne viruses.

Research Interests:

  • Diaspora and migration studies
  • Statelessness
  • Human rights
  • Victimology
  • Interpersonal Violence studies
  • Comparative analysis of criminal justice systems
  • Prison studies (carceral geographies, green prison programmes, radicalization, desistance, disengagement, women in prison, alternatives to incarceration, community justice)
  • Crimes against humanity (International Crime Tribunals)
  • Criminological theories (the study of) The gendering of criminological theorizing
  • Epidemics and emergencies (epidemiological criminology)
  • Global health and law enforcement (criminalization of HIV transmission and other blood borne viruses, criminalization of drugs use)
  • Sex industry
  • Trafficking
  • Ethics in Policing 

Research supervision

Gerald Mcelhone - Child to Parent Violence 

Ruby Iqbal - The Experience of interpersonal violence amongst Pakistani women in the UK

Noorhan Abbas - Police use of technology

Alex Leek - The nexus between theory and historical context and the construction of criminological knowledge

Publications

Nicoletta Policek has published in academic journals, books, government and NGO reports, on various aspects of globalization, statelessness, prison studies, gender studies and criminology. Some recent selected highlights include:

1. POLICEK, N., The Changing Global Context of Victimization: A Need for Cross-Continental Synergy in Johnson Ayodele (Ed) Global Perspectives on Victimization Analysis and Prevention., IGI Global, 2020

3. POLICEK, N., The pleasure politics of prison erotica in Harmes, M. et al. (Eds.) The Palgrave Handbook of Incarceration in Popular Media, London: Palgrave, MacMillan, 2020

4. POLICEK, N., Prison on screen in Italy: from ‘shame therapy’ propaganda to citizenship programs in Harmes, M. et al. (Eds), The Palgrave Handbook of Incarceration in Popular Media, London: Palgrave, MacMillan, 2020

5. Abbass, N. and POLICEK, N ‘Don’t be the same, be better’: An exploratory study on police mobile technology resistance, Police Practice and Research, 2020

6. POLICEK, N., Chinese migrant mothers in Italy: Deconstructing the myth of the tiger mom: migrant mothers in Italy, International journal of Migration and Integration, 2020

7.POLICEK, N., Ravagnani, L., & Romano, C. A. Victimization of young foreigners in Italy. European Journal of Criminology, 1477370819850963. 2020

8. POLICEK, N., Identifiable challenges as global complexities: Globalisation, gender violence and statelessness., in Boskovic, M., Globalization and Its Impact on Violence Against Vulnerable Groups, IGI Global, 2019

9. POLICEK, N., Asking the ‘woman question’ in case study research, in Baron, A. and McNeal, K. (Eds.) Case Study Methodology in Higher Education, IGI Global, 2019.

10. POLICEK, N., Add the Woman and Stir: Abstract Masculinity in Case Study Research, Conference Proceedings, 2nd International Conference on Gender Research, ICGR: 496-502, 2019

11.POLICEK, N. Practices of (in)justice for genocide’s victims in Rassegna Italiana di Criminologia, 2019

12. Carthy, N. L., Bates, E. A., and POLICEK, N.  Promoting inclusivity in intimate partner abuse research: exploring gender and age. Partner Abuse, 10(3), 359-372. 2019

13. POLICEK, N., Censorship, in Merskin, D. (ed.), The SAGE International Encyclopedia of Mass Media and Society, Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, 2019

14. POLICEK, N., Hacking, in Merskin, D. (ed.), The SAGE International Encyclopedia of Mass Media and Society, Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, 2019

15. POLICEK, N., Internet Security, in Merskin, D. (ed.), The SAGE International Encyclopedia of Mass Media and Society, Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, 2019

16. POLICEK, N., Digital Piracy, in Merskin, D. (ed.), The SAGE International Encyclopedia of Mass Media and Society, Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, 2019

17. POLICEK, N., Child Pornography, in Cook, D. T. (ed.) The SAGE Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood Studies, 2019

18. Ravagnani, L. and  POLICEK, N. Framework legislation on prisoners’ resettlement in Italy. In Prisoner Resettlement in Europe (pp. 203-218). Routledge. 2018

19. Ravagnani, L., and  POLICEK, N. Prisoners' Rights. The Encyclopedia of Corrections, 1-7. 2017

20. Ravagnani, L., Zaniboni, A. and POLICEK, N. Breach process in the context of alternative measures in Italy in: Boone, M. M., & Maguire, N. (Eds.). The enforcement of offender supervision in Europe: understanding breach processes. Routledge. 2017

21. POLICEK, N. Artichokes and Fresh Veggies: Taking the Rural out of Prison, in Journal of Corporate Citizenship, (68): 95-108, 2017

22. Ravagnani, L., and POLICEK, N. Supporting Italian prisoners abroad. EuroPris: Promoting Professional Prison Practice, 1-8. 2017

23. Romano C.A., Ravagnani, L. and  POLICEK, N., Percorsi di vittimizzazione e detenzione femminile [Victimization and female detention],  Rassegna Italiana di Criminologia, , (2):115-122, 2017

24. POLICEK, N.,Turning the invisible into the visible: stateless children in Italy. In Children and Forced Migration (pp. 79-102). Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. 2016

25. Romano, C. A., Ravagnani, L., and POLICEK, N.  La privatizzazione degli Istituti di Pena: il caso Italia. ITALIAN JOURNAL OF CRIMINOLOGY, 10(1), 59-69. 2016

26.POLICEK, N.  and Ravagnani, L., Prisoners’ Rights in Kerley, K. R., Copes, H.,  De Li, S.,  Lane, J. and  Sharp, S. F., The Encyclopedia of Corrections, Hoboken, NJ : Wiley Blackwell, 2015

27. Ravagnani, L. and POLICEK, N.  Beyond the Politics of Detention: Incarcerated Mothers in Italy in Damboeanu, C.  (ed.) Sociological Studies on Imprisonment. A European Perspective. Bucharest: Tritonic, 2015

28. POLICEK, N. and Turno, M., Prostitution in four Italian cities, in  Chaumont, J. M., Servais, P., and Rodriguez Garcia, M., The League of Nations on Prostitution,  Library and Archives Unit of the United Nations, Geneva and  United Nations Publications Office, New York, 2015 

29. POLICEK, N., Arson and Fire Starting in Atkinson, R. (ed.) Shades of Deviance. A Primer on Crime, Deviance and Social Harm, Routledge, 2014

30. Ravagnani, L. and POLICEK, N. Women in prison in Italy. In: A. Puccia, G. Puccia and M. Tosi, ed., Criminal Behaviours: Impacts, Tools and Social Networks, 1st ed. Milan: FDE Institute Press, 377-410, 2014

31. POLICEK, N., Le Vittime di Genocidio e I Dilemmi delle Promesse di Giustizia, (Genocide’s Victims and the Promises of Justice), Rivista di Criminologia, Vittimologia e Sicurezza, Vol. VI, N.3:14-29, 2012

32. POLICEK, N., “The space which is not mine”: Sex workers living with HIV, in Research for Sex Work, Dec. 2012

33. POLICEK, N., Community Defence/Resistance in Stange, Z. M. and Oyster, C.K. Encyclopedia of Women in Today’s World, London: Sage Publications, 2011

34. POLICEK, N., Fair Trade in Stange, Z. M. and Oyster, C.K. Encyclopedia of Women in Today’s World, London: Sage Publications, 2011

35. POLICEK, N., Women’s Co-operative in Stange, Z. M. and Oyster, C.K. Encyclopedia of Women in Today’s World, London: Sage Publications, 2011

36. POLICEK, N., Prostitution and Motherhood, in O’Reilly, A. (ed.), World Encyclopedia of Motherhood, London: Sage Publications, 2010

Forthcoming:  Policek, N., Statelessness and the tensions between open borders and the claims of community in Jayjit Sarkar and Auritra Munshi (Eds),  (B)Order and (B)Ordering: An Interdisciplinary Companion, London: Anthem Press, 2020

Refereed Conference papers/ public talks (most recent)

Teaching through power: Representation and positioning in the female-only supervisory experience, 2nd Int.al Conference, Gender studies and the status of women, Edinburgh, 9th-12th March, 2020

Assessing the real purpose of the police code of ethics, invited presentation to Cumbria Police HQ, Penrith, 18th Nov. 2019

Gender-based violence and the vulnerability of stateless identity, Int.al Conference, On women's rights: between violence and exploitation, Padua, Italy, 11th-12th Nov. 2019

Poverty and Child Development, Harraby Community Centre, Carlisle, 6th Nov. 2019, with J. Taylor

Globalization, stateless women and gender-based violence, Int.al Conference, Gender and Justice: Theory and Practice across Contexts, Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, 28th -30th Oct. 2019, invited speaker

Medical citizenship and HIV: the untold stories of stateless populations, 5th  Int.al Conference on Law Enforcement and Public Health, Edinburgh, 21st – 23rd Oct. 2019

Technology Training: An Effective Tool to Enhance Inter-organisational Information Sharing, 5th Int.al Conference on Law Enforcement and Public Health, Edinburgh, 21st – 23rd Oct. 2019, with N. Abbas

Exploring pathways from victimization to crime, 19th  Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, ConverGENT: Convergent roads, bridges and new pathways in criminology, Ghent, 18th 21st Sept. 2019, with L. Ravagnani

In the shadow: elderly people in prison, 19th  Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, ConverGENT: Convergent roads, bridges and new pathways in criminology, Ghent, 18th – 21st Sept. 2019, with L. Ravagnani

Dealing with eco-trauma and eco-victimization, 19th  Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, ConverGENT: Convergent roads, bridges and new pathways in criminology, Ghent, 18th – 21st  Sept. 2019, with L. Ravagnani

Assessing the real purpose of the police code of ethics, invited presentation to Northallerton Police HQ, 5th  Sept.2019

“Champion Cops Hand-picked to Inspire”: An Exploratory Study in Technology Training, British Society of Criminology Conference, Lincoln, 3rd – 5th July 2019, with N. Abbas

Reflections on ethnographic work with stateless children, 4th Annual Ethnographies of Crime and Control Symposium at the Pearce Institute, Govan, Glasgow, 13th -14th June 2019

Developing a national strategy for addressing HIV stigma in Scotland: An effective tool in addressing HIV stigma, with Smith, K., Sparling, N., Dalgleish, W., Gilbertson, F., Smithson, K., Hudson, A., Hirono, J., McDaid, L., Boydell, N., Crawford, C., Chahali, C., Zinger, J., Kasengele, K., Gilbert-Straw, M., Ryan, A. and Valiotis, G., 22nd International AIDS Conference, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 23rd -27th July 2018

Enforced Mobility and Criminalisation of Women Accessing Abortion, British Society of Criminology Annual Conference, Transforming Criminology: Rethinking Crime in a Changing World, Birmingham, 3rd – 6th July 2018 with James, C., Mukungu, K. and Mecinska, L

Statelessness as a site of fear British Society of Criminology Annual Conference, Transforming Criminology: Rethinking Crime in a Changing World, Birmingham, 3rd – 6th July 2018

Mapping the policing of wildlife crimes in England British Society of Criminology Annual Conference, Transforming Criminology: Rethinking Crime in a Changing World Birmingham, 3rd – 6th July 2018 with Simpson, F.

The hint half guessed: the criminalization of stateless children in Italy, Lubljana, Slovenia, Understanding the Causes and Consequences of Criminalization of Migration Conference, 16th – 18th May 2018

The last frontier: Mapping the changing face of wildlife policing in rural Cumbria and the Lake District, York, NE Crime Research Network Conference, 25th April 2018 with Simpson, F.

‘Don’t be the same, be better’: An exploratory study on police mobile technology training, York, NE Crime Research Network Conference, 25th April 2018 with Abbas, N.

Emotional geographies of carceral spaces: The legacy of Goli Otok, 2nd Int.al Conference on Carceral Geography, Birmingham, 11th -12th December 2017

New politics of (in)security: stateless children in Italy, European Society of Criminology, Challenging ‘Crime’ and ‘Crime Control’ in Contemporary Europe, Cardiff, 13th – 16th September 2017

Elderly people in prison in Italy: distinctive needs vs standard prison approach, European Society of Criminology, Challenging ‘Crime’ and ‘Crime Control’ in Contemporary Europe, Cardiff, 13th – 16th September 2017

Unpopular Minorities: Female Foreign Detainees in Italy, British Society of Criminology Annual Conference, Forging Social Justice: Local Challenges, Global Complexities, Sheffield,  4th – 7th July 2017

New Dogmas of (In)security: Stateless Children in Italy, British Society of Criminology Annual Conference, Forging Social Justice: Local Challenges, Global Complexities, Sheffield,  4th – 7th July 2017

Statelessness Children in Italy: Old Habits and New Politics of (In)security, Governing (In)securities, Europe, Migration and the New Politics of In(security) Workshop, York, 4th July 2017

Lento Sostenuto: Standing at the edge of research-led teaching in Criminology, Research Seminar, University of Cumbria, 22nd February 2017

Between Protection and Criminalisation: Stateless Children Living in Italy, 16th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology ‘Crime and Crime Control. Structures, Developments and Actors’, Munster, Germany, 21st – 24th September 2016

Between Citizens and Non-Citizens: Foreign Female Detainees in Italy, 16th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology ‘Crime and Crime Control. Structures, Developments and Actors’, Munster, Germany, 21st – 24th September 2016

Migration Control and the Anti-Trafficking Action Plan in Italy, 15th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology. ’Criminology as unitas multiplex: theoretical, epistemological and methodological developments’, Porto, Portugal, 2nd – 5th Sept.  2015

Migration Control and the Anti-Trafficking Action Plan in Italy, British Society of Criminology Annual Conference, ‘Criminology: Voyages of Critical Discovery’, Plymouth, 30th June – 3rd July 2015

Problematizing governmental anti-trafficking and sex work responses in Italy, ‘Troubling Prostitution: Exploring intersections of sex, intimacy and labour’ Conference, Vienna, Austria, 16th – 18th April 2015

The Effects of Criminal Sanctions for Victims of Genocide, 14th  Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology. ’Criminology of Europe: Inspiration by Diversity’, Prague, Czech Republic, 10th – 13th   Sept. 2014

Illicit trafficking of organs in Europe (with Ravagnani L.), 14th  Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology. ’Criminology of Europe: Inspiration by Diversity’, Prague, Czech Republic, 10th – 13th   Sept. 2014

Invisible and Voice(less): methodological issues when researching Chinese Migrant women, 1st  Southern European Conference on Survey Methodology  (SESM), Barcelona, Spain, 12th – 14th  Dec. 2013

Recent external roles

Community Justice Scotland's Academic Advisory Group

Sociology and Anthropology Editorial Board

British Society of Criminology Prison Research Network

European Society of Criminology Working Group Restorative Justice

European Society of Criminology Immigration, Crime and Citizenship Working Group

Recovering Justice Board of Trustees