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Research interests include restorative justice, restorative just cultures, policing, serious and organised crime, honour-based abuse, victimology, probation practices, inequalities and disproportionality (including decolonisation).

With a passion for innovation and continuous development, Nikki brings a wealth of experience and partnering relationships with criminal justice specialists and experts to her research.  She co-founded the North East Policing Research Network in 2022, consisting of the five local universities and their corresponding police forces and Offices of the Police and Crime Commissioners to pursue an evidence-based policing research agenda on a co-production basis.  Nikki enjoys bringing her vast criminal justice experience to teaching.

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • The exclusion of serious and organised offenders and their victims from the offer of restorative justice: Should this be so and what happens when the offer is put on the table?, D'Souza, N., Shapland, J. 1 Feb 2023, In: Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • An area of untapped potential? The use of restorative justice in the fight against serious and organized crime: A perception study, D'Souza, N., L’Hoiry, X. 1 Apr 2021, In: Criminology and Criminal Justice

  • Philosophy PhD June 10 2020
  • Criminology MSt
  • Social Work MSc
  • Combined/General Arts BA (Hons)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy FHEA

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