On these pages, you can find out more about how this network supports and carries out research concerning race equality, crime and social justice.
The ‘Race’, Crime and Justice Regional Research Network (RCJRRN) is a grouping of researchers from academic, research and policy backgrounds on which all five North East region Universities are represented (Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria, Sunderland and Teesside). The group undertakes independent and commissioned research, and analyses and comments on policy and practice issues in relation to the experience of ethnic minorities in the region of the criminal justice system, broadly defined. It publishes reports on relevant issues and is available to speak at conferences around these and related issues.
RCJRRN supports the work of the North East Race Equality Forum (NEREF). NEREF was formally launched in December 2014 and provides a voice for all community based organisations, policy makers, institutions and academics involved in promoting and ensuring Race Equality throughout the region. NEREF met in May 2015 to develop core organisation priorities for the group.
To contact NEREF please email: email@example.com
To contact the North East Regional Race Crime and Justice Network please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Use the tabs above for:
- Research briefings
- Information briefings
Research briefings and information briefings can be found below
Should you wish to contribute a research briefing then please contact: Dr Louise Wattis, Teesside University, email: email@example.com
Should you wish to contribute an information briefing then please contact Professor Gary Craig, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Download presentations from recent events and let colleagues know about your relevant event
‘Working with Young People – everyday racism and the Prevent Agenda’
Tuesday 27th March 2018, Teesside University
This event provided an opportunity for our members to engage in a dialogue about the Prevent strategy, what it is, how it affects them and particularly how it affects their work and relationship with young people. We were delighted to welcome Professor Paul Thomas and Paul Giannassi, OBE (Police Superintendent, Government Lead for Hate Crime) as keynote speakers and a range of workshops aimed at providing a varied discussion to produce ideas for moving forward. Many thanks to all our Workshop Leads – Marsha Garratt, All In Youth Project(Racism, colourism and skin bleaching); Claire Rodgerson, Helen Gray and James Kingett, Show Racism the Red Card (The Routes Project: Working with young people in a pre-Prevent space) and Dr Bankole Cole, Reader, Sheffield Hallam University and Dr Nadia Habashi (Policing Young People)
Professor Paul Thomas: Working with young people – everyday racism and the Prevent agenda
- Download: The Prevent Duty in Schools and Colleges
Paul Gianassi: The UK Approach to Hate Crime
- Download: The UK Approach to Hate Crime
Challenging Race Hate Crime Event
June 15th 2017
We were delighted to host the Challenging Race Hate Crime Event on Thursday June 15th. We would like to thank the Institute for Social Renewal for supporting the event through their funding programme and also to the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioners Office for their support. We were also delighted to have the support of Chi Onwurah MP (Newcastle Central).
Many thanks to all our speakers: Dame Vera Baird (Northumbria PCC), Dr Ian Fitzgerald, Reader, Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University, Newcastle and Professor Rafal Smoczynski, Professor, Polish Academy of Sciences, Ijjou Thompson, Diverse Women’s Network, Michelle Redfern, Community Engagement Officer, Northumbria Police, Merwa Zen, Regional Refugee Forum, North East Community Safety Working Group, Dr Rick Bowler & Dr Amina Razak, Centre of Applied Social Studies, University of Sunderland. They have allowed us to add their presentations on the website so that you can have access to them:
Merwa Zen and Georgina Fletcher, Regional Refugee Forum, North East Community Safety Working Group: Regional Refugee Forum, Action to address the distinct factors that deter Refugee and Asylum Seekers from reporting Hate
- Download Regional Refugee Forum Presentation (Download 3MB)
Dr Ian Fitzgerald, Reader, Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University Newcastle and Professor Rafal Smoczynski, Professor, Polish Academy of Sciences: Brexit and the Polish ‘community’ in the North of England
- Download Brexit and the Polish ‘community’ in the North of England presentation (Download 3MB)
Dr Rick Bowler & Dr Amina Razak, Centre of Applied Social Studies, University of Sunderland: Young People as Cultural Critics: Resisting Mono-Cultural Landscapes]
- Download Young People as Cultural Critics: Resisting Mono-Cultural Landscapes presentation (Download 0.2MB)
For more information on Hate Crime and how to report please see the following link: https://www.northumbria.police.uk/advice_and_information/advice_for_victims_of_crime/hate_crime/types_of_hate_crime/
Ustinov Race Crime and Justice events
These events are hosted by the Ustinov College Race Crime and Justice Scholarship students (Durham University). The Scholarship was developed by Professor Maggie O'Neill and has been continued by Professor Glenn McGregor. The Scholarship students continue to remain linked to the North East Race Crime and Justice Research Network developing events in this area.
Members of the Race Crime and Justice Network have been involved in speaking at these events.
Scholarship holders include:
- 2012-2013 [year 1]. Celine Opphelder [MSc in Criminology]
- 2013-2014 -[year 2]. Jesper Pederson [PhD School of Government and International Affairs]
- 2014-2015 [year 3]. Valentina Amuso and Jason Haynes [PhD Politics/School of Government and International Affairs]
- 2015-16 [year 4]. Vicky Meaby and Raven Bowen [PhD in the School of Applied Social Sciences]
NEREF and PCC Hate Crime Conference October 2015
- 'Hate in the City': similarities and differences in third party reporting across categories of hate in Tyne and Wear.'Hate in the City': similarities and differences in third party reporting across categories of hate in Tyne and Wear. Dr Stephen Macdonald, Dr John Clayton, Professor Catherine Donovan
- Hate Crime: To Prosecute or Not to Prosecute Caroline Airs (CPS) and Deborah Alderson
- 'Revisiting hate and integration: Reflections from critical youth work theory and practice' Rick Bowler (and Young Asian Voices Group)
- The work of the North East Race Crime and Justice Network with a specific focus on our collaborative research with women. Maggie O’Neill and Ijjou Thompson
- Disability Hate Crime Sarah Wilson, Cleveland PCC
- The Elephant and the Iceberg (Race Equality and LGBT and other equality strands). Louise Evan-Wong, LGBT Federation NE, Julia Lyford and Justine King, North East Equalities Coalition
- Prosecuting race hate crime: what can we do better Caroline Airs and Jonathan Bambro, NE CPS
Should you wish us to notify NEREF Members of an event then please contact: Jenny Johnstone, Newcastle University, email: email@example.com
Get in touch with members of the network
- Professor Gary Craig, Newcastle University, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Professor Maggie O'Neill, York University, email@example.com
- Dr Bankole Cole, Sheffield Hallam University, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dr Rick Bowler, Sunderland University, email: email@example.com
- Ms Jenny Johnstone, Newcastle University, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dr Louise Wattis, Teesside University, email: email@example.com
- Dr Ian Fitzgerald, Northumbria University, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We have also established a Steering Group from NEREF. We are very grateful for the support and involvement of all our Steering Group members.
- Nitin Shukla
- Nadeem Ahmed
- Pat Poinen
- Marsha Garratt
- Shahda Khan
We are always looking for new members so if you are interested then please contact Jenny at email@example.com.
- Race, crime and justice in the North East Region
- A place called Townsville: Rural racism in a North East context
- Community safety and access to justice for refugees and asylum-seekers
- Race, crime and justice in the North East Region - Women's Lives, Well-being - Exhibition Booklet
- Race, crime and justice in the North East Region - Searching for Asylum - Film
Published in association with the Group
- Between destitution and a hard place (Fiona Cuthill, Omer Siddiq Abdalla and Khalid Bashir)
- Written out of the picture: child poverty and refugees (Steve Crossley and Georgina Fletcher)
All these reports are available via Gary Craig, address TBC
Responses to Consultations and Inquiries
Research: Directory and Best Practice models
As a result of the Forum Meeting in February 2016 it was decided that we would try and develop a directory of organisations that work to promote race equality in the region. In addition to identify models of best practice that these organisations are engaged with. We have developed pro-formas which have been disseminated to NEREF members and they are going through the process of completing them.
To help us with this we have, with the support of Newcastle University Law School, three students working with us over the summer undertaking various tasks. They are:
- Ewan Smith who has been responsible for undertaking a scoping study of all organisations that currently exist to promote race equality in the North East.
- Chloe Abbott has been looking at the incidences of hate crime post Brexit in the North East and also looking at the national picture.
- Raymond Chan has been identifying organisations which have publicly available examples of best practice in responding to race equality and hate crime – both from public agencies and voluntary sector organisations.
Ewan, Chloe and Raymond are all Graduates of Newcastle Law School in 2016 and the Research Network and Forum are grateful to them for their hard work and input which will form the basis of future events, activities and research.