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Prof Anqi Shen


Department: Northumbria Law School

Anqi Shen is Professor of Law at Northumbria Law School. She is Adjunct Professor with the School of Law at Nanjing University and Nanjing University of Finance and Economics, and Fellow of Jiangsu Research Centre of the Development of the Regional Rule of Law in China. She has held visiting posts at the Australian National University, Zhejiang Police College and Nanjing Normal University. Shen is currently on the Editorial Board of Women and Criminal Justice (Taylor & Francis) and of Trends in Organised Crime (Springer).


Shen’s research interests include sentencing, policing, organised crime (including human trafficking, counterfeiting, gangs, sex management and fraud), youth justice, gender and crime, the legal profession, migration and crime, and gender and law enforcement. She is author of Offending Women in Contemporary China: Gender and pathways into crime (Palgrave, 2015), of Women Judges in Contemporary China: Gender, judging and living (Palgrave, 2017), of Internal Migration, Crime and Punishment in Contemporary China (Springer, 2018) and of Women Police in Contemporary China: Gender and policing (Routledge, 2022), and co-author of Fake Goods, Real Money: The counterfeiting business and its financial management (Policy Press, 2018). Her work also appears in journals in Europe, Northern America, the Asian-Pacific Region and China.


Before joining Northumbria University, Shen was Reader in Law at Teesside University where she was a member of the REF Steering Group and UoA Lead for Law. Prior to coming to Britain, she was a police officer and subsequently a practising lawyer in China.


ORCID ID: 0000-0002-3665-5450 

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  • An Equity-First Policy for Women Police Around the World: Strategies for change, Garcia, V., Shen, A. 3 Apr 2023, In: International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice
  • Positionality, Gender and Reflexivity in Outsider-Insider Research: A case study of interviewing police officers in China, Shen, A. 6 Nov 2023, In: Journal of Legal Research Methodology
  • Driven to Death: A Chinese case study on the counterfeiting of automotive components, Shen, A., Turner, S., Antonopoulos, G. 1 Sep 2022, In: Asian Journal of Criminology
  • Trajectory of Women’s Advancement in Policing: A comparative study between China and the United States, Shen, A., Schulz, D. 1 Dec 2022, In: International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy
  • Women’s Motivations for Becoming a Police Officer: A Chinese case study on women in policing, Shen, A. 19 Apr 2022, In: Women and Criminal Justice
  • Women Police in Contemporary China: Gender and Policing, Shen, A. 12 Nov 2021
  • Counterfeit goods fraud: an account of its financial management, Antonopoulos, G., Hall, A., Large, J., Shen, A. 1 Sep 2020, In: European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research
  • Women Judges who Judge Women Offenders: A Chinese case study on gender and judging, Shen, A. 2020, In: International Journal of the Legal Profession
  • Women who Participate in Illegal Pyramid Selling: Voices from Female Rural Migrant Offenders in China, Shen, A. 1 Jun 2020, In: Asian Journal of Criminology
  • Asian Female Offenders, Shen, A. Oct 2019, The Encyclopedia of Women and Crime, Wiley

  • Hugh-Michael Hannigan The provision of quantum guidelines to juries empanelled to determine and assess damages in defamation actions in the High Court of Ireland and to draft those quantum guidelines along with separate quantum guidelines for judges in the Circuit and District Courts Start Date: 22/04/2024
  • Zhu Yin Environmental Justice in China: An empirical study on the roles of lawyers Start Date: 18/01/2021 End Date: 26/09/2021

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