Irene Zempi

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Sociology

Role

Dr Irene Zempi is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Head of Year 3 BA (Hons) Criminology at Nottingham Trent University. Irene is the module leader for the following modules:

  • Diversity of Crimes and Prejudice (Core module, Year 2, BA Criminology)
  • Work-based Research Project (Core module, MA Criminology)

Career overview

Irene joined Nottingham Trent University as a Lecturer in Criminology in September 2015. Prior to this position, Irene worked as a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Criminology, University of Leicester for five years.

Irene has a PhD in Criminology (University of Leicester), Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (Nottingham Trent University), MSc in Criminology (University of Leicester) and BSc in Sociology (Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences).

She is a member of the British Society of Criminology and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is currently External Examiner for the BA Criminology and Sociology course at the University of Bedfordshire.

Irene is the Principal Investigator for the evaluation of Citizens at the Heart: A Citizen Centred Approach to Tackling Hate Crime, which is a two year pilot project funded by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme to tackle prejudice and respond to hate crime.

Research areas

  • Hate crime
  • Intersectionality
  • Victimisation
  • Policing
  • Ethnography

External activity

  • Member of British Society of Criminology
  • Member of British Society of Criminology Hate Crime Network
  • Member of Advisory Board Tell MAMA (Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks)
  • Member of Nottinghamshire Hate Crime Steering Group
  • Member of Associate Editorial Board, Sociological Research Online
  • Member of Sociology Consultative Forum OCR (Oxford, Cambridge and RSA)

Publications

Peer-reviewed journal articles

Zempi, I. (2019) Veiled Muslim women's views on law banning the wearing of the niqab (face veil) in public Ethnic and Racial Studies DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2019.1588985

Awan, I. and Zempi, I. (2018) ‘YOU ALL LOOK THE SAME’: Non-Muslim Men who Suffer Islamophobic Hate Crime in the post-Brexit era European Journal of Criminology1–18 DOI: 10.1177/1477370818812735

Zempi, I. (2018) “Looking back, I wouldn't join up again”: The Lived Experiences of Police Officers as Victims of Bias and Prejudice Perpetrated by Fellow Staff within an English Police Force Police Practice and Research: An International Journal DOI: 10.1080/15614263.2018.1525381

Mason-Bish, H. and Zempi, I. (2018) Misogyny, Racism and Islamophobia: Street Harassment at the Intersections Feminist Criminology 1–20 DOI: 10.1177/1557085118772088

Mawby, R. C. and Zempi, I. (2018) ‘Every time it happens, you question continuing as an officer’: The Experiences of Police Officers as Victims of Hate Crime Policing: An International Journal 41 (5) DOI: 10.1108/PIJPSM-12-2016-0176

Zempi, I. and Awan, I. (2017) Doing ‘Dangerous’ Autoethnography on Islamophobic VictimisationEthnography 18 (3): 367-386 DOI: 10.1177/1466138117697996

Zempi, I. (2017) Doing autoethnography: Researching victimisation through wearing the Muslim veil in public Methodological Innovations10 (1): 1-10 DOI: 10.1177/2059799117720617

Zempi, I. (2016) Negotiating constructions of insider and outsider status in research with veiled Muslim women victims of Islamophobic hate crime Sociological Research Online21 (4): 8 DOI: 10.5153/sro.4080

Zempi, I. (2016) “It's a part of me, I feel naked without it”: choice, agency and identity for Muslim women who wear the niqab Ethnic and Racial Studies39 (10): 1738-1754

Awan, I. and Zempi, I. (2016) The Affinity between Online and Offline anti-Muslim Hate Crime: Dynamics and Impacts Aggression and Violent Behaviour27: 1-8

Awan, I. and Zempi, I. (2015) ‘I will Blow your face off: Virtual and Physical World Anti-Muslim Hate Crime British Journal of CriminologyDOI: 10.1093/bjc/azv122

Zempi, I. and Chakraborti, N. (2015) “They Make Us Feel Like We’re a Virus”: The Impact of Islamophobic Victimisation upon Veiled Muslim Women International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy4 (3): 44-56

Chakraborti, N. and Zempi, I. (2013) Criminalising Oppression or Reinforcing Oppression? The Implications of Veil Ban Laws for Muslim Women in the West Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly64 (1): 63-74

Chakraborti, N. and Zempi, I. (2012) The Veil under Attack: Gendered Dimensions of Islamophobic Victimisation International Review of Victimology18 (3): 269-284

Books

Awan, I. and Zempi, I. (2019) Student Textbook of Islamophobia, London: Routledge

Zempi, I. and Awan, I. (eds.) (2019) Routledge International Handbook of Islamophobia, London: Routledge

Zempi, I. and Awan, I. (2016) Islamophobia: Lived Experiences of Online and Offline Victimisation, Bristol: The Policy Press

Zempi, I. and Chakraborti, N. (2014) Islamophobia, Victimisation and the Veil, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Book Chapters

Zempi, I. (2018) “The lived experiences of veiled Muslim women as ‘undeserving’ victims of Islamophobia” in M. Duggan (ed) Values in Victimology: Revisiting the ‘Ideal Victim’ Thesis,Bristol: Policy Press

Zempi, I. (2016) ‘Exploring the impacts of Islamophobia on veiled women globally’ in J. Schweppe and M. Walters (eds) The Globalisation of Hate: Internationalising hate crime?, Oxford: Oxford University Press

Zempi, I. (2014) ‘Responding to the Needs of Victims of Islamophobia’ in N. Chakraborti and J. Garland (eds) Responding to Hate Crime: The Case for Connecting Policy and Research, Bristol: The Policy Press

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