Staff profile

Dr Soenita Ganpat

Senior Lecturer in Criminology

Soenita Ganpat




College of Business, Law and Social Sciences

Research centre

Social, Cultural and Legal Research Centre, Better Society




One Friar Gate Square, Derby Campus



I am a Senior Lecturer in Criminology. My area of expertise is homicide.

Prior to joining the team, I worked at Nottingham Trent University, Loughborough University, Leiden University, Erasmus University Rotterdam and IVO Addiction Research Institute in the Netherlands. I gained my doctorate in Criminology at Leiden University where I examined violence, with a focus on homicide. My PhD research focused on the role of personal characteristics and immediate situational factors on lethal vs. non-lethal outcomes of violent events. My research interests include homicide, interaction between offender-victim-third parties, personal characteristics of offenders and victims, immediate situational factors (eg alcohol use, weapon use, presence of bystanders, and time and location) and quantitative research methods.

I was one of the founders and researchers of the European Homicide Monitor, to create the first joint database on homicide in Europe. This international project was funded by the European Union.

I also maintained and further expanded the Dutch Homicide Monitor; a statistical database to provide the most reliable overview of homicide in the Netherlands. I am member of the European Homicide Research Group, international reviewer for research proposals submitted to funding bodies and peer reviewer of a range of academic journals.

Alongside conducting research, I have been teaching at different universities in and outside the UK, including Leiden University (The Netherlands) and Nottingham Trent University, and am currently teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University of Derby.

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Chair of the CRIM Research Seminar Series (CRIM includes Criminology, Criminal Psychology, Policing and Investigations)

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