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Biography

-      Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Division of Criminology, Politics and Sociology, Department of Behavioural and Social Sciences, School of Human and Health Sciences, University of Huddersfield, September 2017 – ongoing.

-      Lecturer in Criminology, Division of Criminology, Politics and Sociology, Department of Behavioural and Social Sciences, School of Human and Health Sciences, University of Huddersfield, September 2015 – August 2017.

-      Hourly Paid Lecturer in Criminology, School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, University of Kent, September 2013 - July 2015.

-      Research Assistant, School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, University of Kent, May 2014 - July 2015.

-      Research Assistant, School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, University of Kent, April 2014 - October 2014.

-      Hourly Paid Lecturer in Criminology, Canterbury Christ Church University, October 2013 - November 2013.

 

My current administrative responsibilities are:

 

-      Departmental Lead on Recruitment and Admissions Strategy

-      Acting Course Leader for BSc (Hons) Criminology

-      Academic Admissions Officer for BSc (Hons) Criminology, BSc (Hons) Criminology with Law and BSc (Hons) Policing and Investigation

-      Representative of CPS division at the School Board

-      I take part in the Departmental Management Team meetings

-      I have created and lead the Centre for Academic Debate

 

In my position as the Departmental Lead on Recruitment and Admissions Strategy I have made a number of changes in order to suit modern students’ needs, to ensure good staff morale, to reduce unnecessary marketing costs, and to open up opportunities for prospective students to be engaged in a variety of new activities with the university prior to their decisions. These efforts have been positively reflected in the admissions numbers.

 

In collaboration with our marketing department I am in the process of developing a wide-reaching strategy in respect to outreach activities that could be delivered to the neighbouring schools and colleges in order to improve our recognition.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Distribution of victimisation across citizens and households and an appropriate technique for weighting these by seriousness 
  • Relationships between statistics and crime
  • Prevention of repeat victimisation
  • Examination of crime ‘harm’ and ability to focus policing efforts as the most harmful criminal activity
  • Areal distribution of immigration and its impact on crime rates

Research Expertise and Interests

My published output to date has primarily been concerned with trends in the distribution of victimisation across citizens and households, and an appropriate technique for weighting these by seriousness or harm. Publications about immigration and its relation to crime are also being developed and published in line with the British Academy grant that I have received in 2015. This remains one of my central topics of interest.

Given my experience in quantitative analysis in criminology, a number of large datasets are now accessible to me and afford extensive and exciting opportunities for original work. Some preliminary work on the complex relationships between statistics and crime has been undertaken, and funding sought for a more ambitious research programme.

I am largely interested in large scale quantitative projects that aim to produce practice-oriented outcomes. Particular areas of interest include prevention of repeat victimisation, examination of crime ‘harm’ and ability to focus policing efforts as the most harmful criminal activity, and, finally, areal distribution of immigration and its impact on crime rates.

Research Funding that I have acquired so far:

-      In November 2017 I secured internal Research Innovation Funding to continue the publication and dissemination of my research about immigration in Latvia and the UK. This is intended to result in a future large-scale bit in collaboration with Latvian institutions. Amount: £3400

-      In February 2016 I secured a grant from British Academy that has allowed me to travel and disseminate my research findings in the UK and globally. Research Grant Number: SG151882. Amount: £6718

-      During my PhD I was involved in a grant application to the British Academy led by Professor Roger Matthews. We secured the grant which allowed us to carry out research on immigration and crime and public our findings in the European Journal of Crime, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice. Research Grant Number: SG13286

Current articles in the works:

-      Batty, L*., Ignatans, D. and Pease, K. (in preparation) ‘Self-policing of Russian-born peoples’ communities in Latvia’. To be submitted to European Journal of Criminology.

-      Ignatans, D., Pease, K. and Batty, L*. (in preparation) ‘Importance of time in predicting repeat victimisation’. To be submitted to International Review of Victimology.

-      Roebuck, T*. and Ignatans, D. (in preparation) ‘Construction of perceived risk of terrorism’. To be submitted to Terrorism and Political Violence.

*Co-author is or was a student at the time of publication.

 Throughout my academic career I have delivered numerous speeches and conferences at various academic conferences. Invited events are outlined here:

-      I currently host a criminological live TV talk show titled ‘Поговорим По-честному’ or ‘Let’s Speak Honestly’ in Latvia which was featured on the national TV in the summer of 2017 and has been confirmed to continue for two upcoming summers. All the arrangements for the summer of 2018 have already been made.

-      Gave the inaugural speech for the opening of the Centre of Academic Debate titled “The death of discussion” at the University of Huddersfield, December 2017

-      Gave a public lecture linked with research on immigration and crime in Latvia, July 2017 with Timothy Roebuck*, Eleftherios Nomikos* and Lauren Batty*

-      Presented a paper titled “First generation immigrant judgements of offence seriousness: evidence from the crime survey for England and Wales” with Prof. Ken Pease OBE and Lauren Batty* in March 2017, at the Society of Evidence Based Policing Conference

-      Gave a speech to Home Office representatives from immigration and crime divisions in London, November 2016 with Greg Los*

-      Gave a private talk to government officials, police representatives and academic audience about issues surrounding immigration and crime in Latvia, August 2016

-      Held a seminar on the topic “Is there any point in security measures?” in February 2014, at the University of Glasgow

*Co-presenter is or was a student at the time of the speech.

Other conference presentations:

-      Gave a presentation titled “From hot-spots to hot-dots” in December 2017, at the Crime Data Users Conference in London with Roebuck,T*., Gorcea, D. A*., Nomikos, E*. and Watson, C*.

-      Presented a paper titled “Differences in perceptions of crime seriousness amongst immigrant populations and their impact on levels of crime-reporting” at a number of venues:

  • December 2016 at the Crime Data Users Conference in London with Roebuck,T*., Los, G*., Nomikos, E*. and Batty, L*.
  • June 2017 at York St. John’s University hosted conference titled ‘Crime, Culture and Social Harm’ with Roebuck,T*., Khan, P*., Nomikos, E*. and Batty, L*.
  • September 2017 at the University of Huddersfield as part of CCID seminar series with Roebuck,T*., Khan, P*., Nomikos, E*. and Batty, L*.

-      Presented a paper titled “The ‘before, after and in between’ of immigration. Criminal interactions of foreign born people in England and Wales” with a team of researchers at a number of venues:

  • December 2015, at the Crime Data Users Conference in London with Zielinski, K. and Los, G*.
  • February 2016 at the University of Huddersfield as part of CRISS seminar series with Los, G*.
  • April 2016 at the North-East Crime Research Network Conference in Newcastle Los, G*. and Nomikos, E*.
  • September 2016 at the Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology in Muenster, Germany

-      Gave a paper titled “Playing the weighting game” in April 2015 with Prof. Ken Pease OBE at the Society of Evidence Based Policing Conference at Manchester Metropolitan University

-      Presented a paper “Immigration and the crime drop” in July 2014 with Prof. Roger Matthews at the British Criminology Conference in Liverpool

-      Presented a paper “Distribution of crime and the crime drop” at a number of venues:

  • December 2013, at the Crime Data Users Conference in London
  • April 2014, at the Middlesex International Common Study Session
  • June 2014 in Sheffield Hallam University at the PSP Research Conference
  • July 2014 at the British Society of Criminology Conference in Liverpool

-      Presented a paper “Can immigration explain decreasing crime rates?” in April 2013, at the Utrecht International Common Study Session, Netherlands

-      Presented a paper “Research on the crime drop: evaluation of the security hypothesis” in April 2013, at the Kent International Common Study Session

*Co-presenter is or was a student at the time of the speech.

 

Research Degree Supervision

I have supervised one postgraduate student to completion and am currently the main supervisor of one PhD student and two MRes students.

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Keywords

  • Immigration
  • Repeat Victimisation
  • Crime Prevention
  • Crime Rates
  • Use of Security Measure
  • Criminological Trends

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offense Social Sciences
victimization Social Sciences
first generation Social Sciences
immigrant Social Sciences
immigration Social Sciences
distributive justice Social Sciences
crime rate Social Sciences
weighting Social Sciences

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Research Output 2015 2018

Open Access
crime rate
first generation
immigrant
offense
immigration

Crime Concentrations: Hot Dots, Hot Spots and Hot Flushes

Ignatans, D. & Pease, K. 9 Jan 2017 (Accepted/In press) The Oxford Handbook of Environmental Criminology. Bruinsma, G. & Johnson, S. (eds.). Oxford University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

offense
victimization
fairness
police
resources

First generation immigrant judgements of offence seriousness: evidence from the crime survey for England and Wales

Los, G., Ignatans, D. & Pease, K. May 2017 In : Crime Prevention and Community Safety. 19, 2, p. 151-161 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Crime
Law enforcement
first generation
immigrant
offense

Immigration and the Crime Drop

Ignatans, D. & Matthews, R. 2017 In : European Journal of Crime, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice. 25, 3, p. 205-229 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

immigration
offense
evidence
3 Citations

On whom does the burden of crime fall now? Changes over time in counts and concentration

Ignatans, D. & Pease, K. 1 Jan 2016 In : International Review of Victimology. 22, 1, p. 55-63 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

offense
time
victimization