Dr Neema Trivedi-Bateman

Course Leader, BA (Hons) Criminology;

Senior Lecturer, Criminology

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

School:Humanities and Social Sciences

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Criminology , Psychology

Research Supervision:Yes

Neema's research interests include youth crime, developmental criminology, forensic psychology, violent offenders, and moral decision-making.

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Email: neema.trivedi-bateman@aru.ac.uk


Neema joined ARU in 2016 as Lecturer in Criminology. In her role as Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Course Leader for the BA (Hons) Criminology degree programme, she is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the day-to-day running of the programmes, including module content, curriculum and assessment design, and extra-curricular activities. Neema also assists the Deputy Heads of the School of AHSS in the Departments of Criminology, Policing, and Social Sciences. Previously, she held a post as Assistant Professor of Psychology and Psychology Laboratory Manager at Richmond, The American International University in London. Prior to this, Neema managed the 8th fieldwork wave and research team for the longitudinal Peterborough Adolescent and Young Adult Development Study (PADS+) at the Institute of Criminology (University of Cambridge).

Neema completed her PhD in Criminology at the world-renowned Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge in November 2014. She worked under the supervision of Professor Per-Olof Wikström, who is a leading scholar in the field of Environmental Criminology. She developed a very strong grounding and expertise in research skills and honed a high level of research rigour. These skills include leading and recruiting a research team, developing research questions, carrying out primary research using innovative methods, and statistical analysis competence.

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • Gujarati

Research interests

  • Violent offenders
  • Youth crime
  • Moral emotions and moral decision-making
  • Developmental and Social Psychology
  • Theories of Crime

Neema’s research expertise is in developmental psychology, including the causes and influencing factors behind a variety of behaviours. More specifically, she studies the development of moral rules and moral emotions, and how they might influence aggression or delinquency. Her PhD thesis, entitled 'The roles of empathy, shame, and guilt in violence decision-making' explored the role of moral emotions in the decision to engage in acts of crime, using a combination of longitudinal quantitative data and qualitative in-depth interview data about persistent offenders’ real-life violent events.

Areas of research supervision

Neema is happy to receive applications from prospective PhD students who are interested in any of the research areas listed above.


Neema is and has been module leader for a number of modules on the Criminology degree programmes: Trials and Errors, Media, Society and Crime, Crime News and Criminology, Project Preparation, Skills for Criminal Justice, and Undergraduate Major (Dissertation) Project.

Neema is also an external examiner for Cambridge Regional College and Huntingdon Regional College for their Psychology, Social Work, Humanities, and Social Sciences qualifications.


  • PhD Criminology, University of Cambridge - awarded the 2016 Nigel Walker Prize for an outstanding contribution to Criminology
  • MRes Research in Psychology, Oxford Brookes and University of Oxford
  • BSc Psychology, City University, London
  • PG Cert in Learning and Teaching, Anglia Ruskin University

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Member of Darwin College Society
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (HEA)
  • Member of British Society of Criminology
  • Member of European Society of Criminology
  • Peer reviews academic journals for Criminal Justice and Behavior, Victims and Offenders, Deviant Behavior, and The Journal of Interpersonal Violence

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

Neema has been awarded British Academy Small Grant Funding (just under £10,000) for a 2-year project entitled 'A randomised controlled trial examining the effect of a morality-strengthening programme on positive behavioural outcomes and the reduction of crime.' She is open to hearing from potential advisors or collaborators on this project. In future, Neema will seek more external funding (~80,000+) to extend this work.

Neema has also been awarded internal ARU research funding (to the value of £10,000+) to carry out the preparatory phase for this work and for other research projects. She supervises a team of 3 research assistants (a 3rd year Psychology and Criminology degree student, a Psychology Masters graduate, and an RA with an MPhil in Criminology) and is open to receiving applications from other prospective research assistants. More recently, Neema is working with colleagues in Ukraine to explore morality and its relationship to corruption using new data from over 10,000 members of the public.

  • ARU Open Access researcher fund, awarded £2400 (August 2021)
  • ARU Undergraduate researcher fund, awarded £2000 (Jan 2021)
  • ARU Major research project fund, awarded £5,777 (Dec 2020)
  • ARU Undergraduate researcher fund, awarded £2000 (May 2020)
  • ARU Undergraduate researcher fund, awarded £2000 (Jan 2020)

Neema works with multiple charities to disseminate her psychological and criminological findings as well as to explore new research opportunities and gain access to research participants such as disadvantaged young people. She is an academic research advisor for Street Games UK, which explores the impact of physical exercise on wellbeing, health, and crime and antisocial behaviour outcomes.

She also works with:

  • Romsey Mill charity - in relation to their work with 1000+ young people aged 10-18 in Cambridgeshire.
  • Illuminate charity - mentoring individuals with mental health difficulties to aid them to successfully apply for employment positions.
  • Sustainable Sainji, Global Sustainability Institute, ARU - helping students to prepare for a volunteering trip to northern India.
  • Sakhya Cambridge: Friends of India - a Cambridge charity that fundraises to help disadvantaged young people in India.

Selected recent publications

Trivedi-Bateman, N. and Crook, E.L., 2021. The optimal application of empathy interventions to reduce antisocial behaviour and crime: a review of the literature. Psychology, Crime & Law, pp.1-24.

Hirtenlehner, H., Trivedi-Bateman, N., Baier, D. and Strohmeier, D., 2021. Does empathy attenuate the criminogenic effect of low self-control in late life?. International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice, pp.1-21.

Trivedi-Bateman, N., 2020. 'Why young people commit crime and how moral education could help – new research'. The Conversation.

Trivedi-Bateman, N., 2019. The combined roles of moral emotion and moral rules in explaining acts of violence using a situational action theory perspective. Journal of interpersonal violence, p.0886260519852634.

Trivedi-Bateman, N. 2015. The roles of empathy, shame, and guilt in violence decision-making. PhD thesis, University of Cambridge.

Recent presentations and conferences

Trivedi-Bateman, N., 2021. A large-scale literature review of empathy, emotion, and morality interventions that have been carried out in criminological contexts: new frontiers in future youth intervention research. In: 2021 Conference of the European Society of Criminology.

Trivedi-Bateman, N., 2021. Designing a randomised controlled trial examining the effect of a morality-strengthening programme on positive behavioural outcomes and the reduction of crime. In: 2021 Conference of the British Society of Criminology.

Trivedi-Bateman, N., & Trent, J. 2021. The moderating effect of situational factors on the relationship between callous-unemotional traits and criminal behaviour: A novel application of Situational Action Theory. In: 2021 Midwestern Psychological Association Conference, Chicago, IL.

Trivedi-Bateman, N., 2019. Being human; being moral: weak empathy, shame, guilt, and moral rules in violent offenders. In: 2019 Conference of the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Anglia Ruskin University. Cambridge, UK.

Trivedi-Bateman, N., 2019. The combined roles of moral emotions and moral rules in explaining violence. In: 2019 Conference of the British Society of Criminology. Lincoln, UK.

Trivedi-Bateman, N. 2014. 'I ain't gotta feel bad for him, he's gotta feel bad for himself': Lack of shame, guilt and empathy in persistent violent offenders. In: 14th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology. Prague, Czech Republic.

Trivedi, N. 2012. An exploration of the role of morality in violence: interviewing the violent offender.  In: 2012 Conference of the American Society of Criminology. Chicago, USA.

Trivedi, N. 2012. Does lack of empathy make us more likely to choose crime? In: 2012 Researching Empathy conference. London, UK. *Awarded funding.

Trivedi, N. & Wikström, P-O H., 2011. An exploration of the role of moral emotions in crime.  In: 2011 Conference of the American Society of Criminology. Washington DC, USA.

Trivedi, N. & Wikström, P-O H., 2009. Love-hate relationships: An exploration of young people's self-reported partner violence. In: 9th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology. Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Media experience

Resident criminologist for 8-episode series on 5Star, 'Killer at the crime scene'. Aired over 8 consecutive weeks from 24 August 2021 - watch on My5.