Our Better Society researchers

Lecturer in Criminal Psychology

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

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.

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Professor of Criminology

David Best is a Professor of Criminology, he undertakes research around the subjects of addiction recovery and desistance from crime. He leads research into work on desistance from offending, recovery capital and pathways to addiction recovery

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 Researcher

Baris was trained and educated in Turkey, Netherlands, Italy, UK and the USA. He oversees our Master of Research Programme in Social Sciences and Humanities. He is an interdisciplinary scholar and is broadly interested in questioning everyday life and exploring how the codes of ideal justice and socio-cultural harmony promote peace and better life opportunities in plural societies.

University of Derby academic Lisa Cherkassky
Senior Lecturer in Law

As a Senior Lecturer in Law, Lisa Cherkassky teaches criminal law and medical law to law undergraduates, and has published widely in both fields, on topics such as causation, HIV transmission, genocide, saviour siblings, liver transplants, abortion law, and the welfare of the child.

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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. After completing his PhD at Nottingham Trent University, he completed post-doctoral research at the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging (University of Oxford).