Kris Christmann


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    I support the international academic boycott of Israel, and the Boycott Disinvestment Sanctions (BDS) movement.

    I'm a criminologist working at the Applied Criminology and Policing Centre (ACPC) at the University of Huddersfield where I’ve worked for many years now. My research interests are broad ranging, but in recent years I have been researching areas of political policing (the subject of my PhD. and other ongoing work)) terrorism/counter-terrorism, radicalisation and extremism and also the impacts of social media use on youth violent crime. I am also examining the prospect ‘countervillance’ holds for generating greater accountability and transparency from state coercive institutions.

    I have undertaken research for UK Government Departments (Home Office, OSCT/YJB) The European Commission, and a range of other funders (CREST, and various research councils). I have acted as an ‘Expert Evaluator’ for the European Commission on Preventing and Countering Violent Radicalisa-tion (€5 million budget), I am a member of the UK’s Commonwealth Secretariat’s Specialist Consultant Pool: Coun-tering Violent Extremism Unit, a reviewer for the Campbell Collaboration (Criminal Justice evidence synthesis) and I sit on the Critical Information and Infrastructures Security (CRITIS) Program Committee (HQ Offices, Paris). I also sit on the Editorial Board for The British Journal of Community Justice and am an Article Editor for the journal.

    1. Contact zones: Understanding Recruitment Processes to Violent Extremism Across Comparative Do-mains
    I am working with Professor Paul Thomas (PI) and colleagues at Deakin University, Melbourne (Professor Michele Grossman (PI), Dr Vanessa Barolsky and Dr. Vivian Gerrand) on a new international study examining contemporary recruitment processes to violent extremism, which is also being funded by the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin. The aim is to develop a new model that updates our understanding of how terrorist re-cruitment works across different ideological and technological platforms.

    2. Social Media and Youth Violence Research
    I am currently investigating the ways in which young people's social media use can shape and facilitate youth violence and other types of youth crime (with Maria Ionnaou). I am PI on this project, and working with our five YOT partners throughout West Yorkshire, funded by the West Yorkshire PCC's Office. Myself and colleagues at Kirklees YOT have recently set up the West Yorkshire YOTs Social Media and Violence Research Group.

    3. Offender desistance and resettlement
    Other strands of my work are more methodologically quantitatively based, for instance, I have used survival analysis (Kaplan-Meier curves) and formal concept analysis (with non-Euclidean spaces) to examine the effectiveness of short-term prison inmate enhanced resettlement on release ('re-entry') programmes (Christmann, 2007; Christmann & Wong, 2016).

    4. State Actors use of Political Technology
    More recently, I am examining one element of ‘repression research’, state actors use of political technologies to manipulate, thwart and demobilise protest, and activists counter-measures (‘activist intelligence’ etc.) and their fu-ture direction and prospects –being some elements of my doctoral work.

    I teach a range of undergraduate criminology, including criminological theory, research methods, the criminal justice system, the police and policing as well as contributing to other undergraduate modules. I am currently supervising two doctoral students (with colleagues) in the following areas:
    • A Trauma-Terror Nexus?: Life-Course Adversity Exposure and the Terrorist.
    • How does the formulation of trust factor in the offender practitioner relationship, and can it be mobilised more ef-fectively to reduce recidivism?

    My latest publications are:
    Wong, K.,& Christmann, K. Policing and Consent COVID-19 MetroPolis
    Wong, K.,& Christmann, K. Opinion: Coronavirus: How can the police enforce social distancing and maintain public trust?
    Wong, K., Christmann, K, Rogerson, M & Monk, N, (2020) "'Reality Versus Rhetoric': Assessing the Efficacy of Third Party Hate Crime Reporting Centres" International Review of Victimology 26(1): 79-95.



    Research Expertise and Interests

    • Prevent Duty
    • Terrorism
    • Radicalisation
    • Hate Crime
    • Social Media Influence
    • Policing of Social Movements
    • Political Policing
    • Reporting Behaviour
    • Terrorist Recruitment


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