Neema's research interests include youth crime, developmental criminology, forensic psychology, violent offenders, and moral decision-making.
Listen to Neema on the Real Crime: Locked Up for Life podcast on Audible (requires subscription)
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 and BA (Hons) Criminology & Sociology degree programmes, 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.
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.
Neema is seeking external funding (~£60-80,000) for which she proposes to develop and implement a randomised controlled trial with a morality-strengthening programme with disadvantaged young people in Cambridgeshire. She has been awarded internal ARU research funding to carry out the preparatory phase for this project. She supervises a team of 3 research assistants (a 2nd year Psychology and Criminology degree student, a Psychology Masters student, and an RA with an MPhil in Criminology) and is open to receiving applications from other prospective candidates. More recently, Neema is working with colleagues in Ukraine to explore morality and its relationship to corruption.
From summer 2021, 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.
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:
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.
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.