Our Better Society researchers

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Lecturer in Criminal Psychology

Valeria Abreu Minero is a Lecturer in Criminal Psychology. Her primary areas of research are the study of homicide trends, patterns and characteristics, empirical crime scene analysis, methodologies used in the context of the investigative profiling of homicide and offender psychopathology.

Senior Lecturer & Subject Leader in International Relations

Francesco Belcastro is a Lecturer and the programme leader of International Relations at the College of Business, Law and Social Sciences here at the University of Derby. He is currently the admissions tutor for International Relations and Diplomacy. He is also a Fellow of the Centre for Syrian Studies, University of St Andrews.

Senior Lecturer

Helen Brocklehurst lectures in Social Science and is Programme Leader for Joint Honours Politics. She teaches modules at masters and undergraduate level which also draw upon her research interests in security, conflict and terrorism; gender and childhood; and the politics of knowledge.

Professor of Criminal Investigation

Ray Bull is a Professor of Criminal Investigation at the University of Derby. He teaches on the MSc in Criminal Investigation and undertakes PhD supervision.

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Senior Lecturer in Law

Dr Eghosa Ekhator is a Senior Lecturer in Law. He joined the University of Derby in September 2019 from the University of Chester, where he taught on both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. His primary areas of research are International Environmental Law (especially Environmental Justice issues in developing countries and the African Union) and Natural Resources Governance.

Research Professor in Criminology

As a Research Professor in Criminology, Stephen devotes most of his time to his own research interests (which include studying the impact of Thatcherism on crime and the criminal justice system, why people stop offending and the fear of crime), and helping colleagues develop their own research plans and careers. 

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Programme Leader and Lecturer in Forensic Psychology

Dr Dean Fido joined the University of Derby Online Learning in January 2018 as a Lecturer in Psychology before moving on cmapus to lead the MSc Forensic Psychology. After completing his PhD at Nottingham Trent University, he completed post-doctoral research at the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging (University of Oxford).

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Professor of International and Transnational Criminal Justice, FRSA

Gerhard Kemp, FRSA, is a professor of law and specialises in international and transnational criminal justice, comparative criminal law, international humanitarian law, and transitional justice. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts, London, an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow, Germany, and a former Senior Research Fellow of the Robert Bosch Stiftung in Berlin, Germany.

Phil Henry - Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology
Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Sociology

Dr Phil Henry is Programme Leader for the MSc Intelligence, Security and Disaster Management and the Postgraduate Certificate in Understanding Radicalisation. Phil also works on the BA (Hons) Sociology and MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice programmes. Phil is engaged in social science research into disaster management and national security settings.

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Professor of Law and Business

As a Professor of Law and Business at Derby Law School, Professor Flora Huang's research focuses on corporate and financial law, international trade law, international commercial arbitration, comparative law and Chinese law.