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 I'm a criminologist working at the Applied Criminology and Policing Centre (ACPC) at the University of Huddersfield. My research interests concern violence in its different manifestations; political violence that the state does not like (i.e. ‘terrorism’) ‘radicalisation, extremism and hate crime’ and also the impacts of social media use on youth violent crime. I am also in the process of examining the prospect ‘countervillance’ holds for generating greater accountability and transparency from state coercive institutions.

I hold an ESRC funded MA in Criminology from Keele University, an MA in Philosophy & Social Theory from Warwick University, and a BSc. in Psychology from Oxford Brookes. My doctorate (Huddersfield University) examined the interplay of strategic and tactical innovations between transgressive protests groups and the police at several international summit meetings in the UK.

I have undertaken research for UK Government Departments (Home Office, OSCT, YJB, DfE) The European Commission, The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) and a range of other funders (CREST, and for various Police Forces and research councils) and have personally helped generate in excess of £3,433,000 (GBP) in research grant income since 2005. I have acted as an ‘Expert Evaluator’ for the European Commission on Preventing and Countering Violent Radicalisation (€5 million budget), I am a member of the UK’s Commonwealth Secretariat’s Specialist Consultant Pool: Countering 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.

*I support the ongoing international academic boycott of Israel and the wider BDS movement.*

1. Contact zones: Understanding Recruitment Processes to Violent Extremism Across Comparative Domains
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 recruitment 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).

I teach the second-year module ‘Approaches to Policing’ on the BSc. Policing & Investigation course, and have multiple teaching input on the BSc Criminology course and MSc course in Criminology and International Security. 
I am currently supervising one doctoral student (with colleagues) in the following area: How does the formulation of trust factor in the offender practitioner relationship, and can it be mobilised more effectively to reduce recidivism?

Recent publications include:
Thomas, P, Grossman, M., Christmann, K & Miah, S. (2020) Community reporting on violent extremism by 'intimates': Emergent findings from international evidence, Critical Studies on Terrorism 13(4): 638-659.

Wong, K., Christmann, K, Rogerson, M & Monk, N, (2020) "'Reality Versus Rhetoric': As-sessing 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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