Dr Neema Trivedi-Bateman

Course Leader, BA (Hons) Criminology and BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology

Senior Lecturer, Criminology

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

School:Humanities and Social Sciences

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Criminology , Psychology

Courses taught: Criminology

Neema currently leads two modules; Trials and Errors and Media, Society and Crime. She also co-leads the module Crime News and Criminology. In the past she has led the modules Project Preparation and Skills for Criminal Justice. Her research interests include youth crime, developmental criminology, forensic psychology, violent offenders, and moral decision-making.

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

Background

Neema joined ARU in 2016 as Lecturer in Criminology. 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), where she completed her PhD.

Neema completed her PhD in Criminology at the world-renowned Institute of Criminology (IoC), University of Cambridge in November 2014. She worked under the supervision of Professor Per-Olof Wikstrom, 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. She led and trained the research team for the 8th wave of data collection for the ESRC-funded large project entitled ‘The Peterborough Adolescent and Young Adult Development Study (PADS+)’.

Spoken Languages

Gujarati

Research interests

  • Violent offenders
  • Youth crime
  • Moral emotions and moral decision-making
  • Developmental and Social Psychology
  • Research Methods
  • 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.

Teaching

Neema currently leads two modules; Trials and Errors and Media, Society and Crime. She also co-leads the module Crime News and Criminology. In the past she has led the modules of Project Preparation and Skills for Criminal Justice. Her research interests include youth crime, developmental criminology, forensic psychology, violent offenders, and moral decision-making.

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

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (HEA)
  • British Society of Criminology

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

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:

  • 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 – joining a Cambridge charity that fundraises to help disadvantaged young people in India.

Selected recent publications

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., 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.