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Dr Leah Cleghorn


School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Criminology and Criminal Justice


Leah is a Lecturer in Criminology within the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Nottingham Trent University.

Leah is the Exchange Coordinator for the department, and the Course Leader for MA Criminology.

Career overview

Leah has worked in tertiary education for over nine years, lecturing at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She has also been involved in course and module development and accreditation,  planning, organizing, and conducting research for scholarship and publication, as well as engaging in consultancies to develop programs and assessments.  Additionally, she provided academic support and supervision to undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Prior to this, she worked in policy development related to money laundering, terrorist financing, and drug trafficking in the Caribbean.

Research areas

Leah’s research has focused on crime and criminal justice in the Caribbean region. Her research interests are in victims of crime and their access to justice, domestic violence, and intimate partner violence, historical criminology as well as decolonial criminology.

External activity

  • Series Editor for ‘Gender and Crime in the Globalised World’ with Bristol University Press
  • Trustee for Nottinghamshire Sexual Violence Support Services (NOTTSSVSS)


  • Cleghorn, L (2023) Victims navigating justice in island communities: Anexploration of victims’ experiences of the criminal justice system and quality of justice services provided in Trinidad and Tobago, Island Studies Journal, DOI:
  • Cleghorn, L.L., Cummings, C.A. & County, K. (2022) Experiences of Intimate Partner Violence in Same-Gender Relationships: A Study of Narratives from a Caribbean Context. Journal of Family Violence, DOI:
  • Cummings, C.A. &. Cleghorn, L.L. (2022) Exploring adolescents’ vulnerability and resilience to online risks in Trinidad and Tobago, Journal of Children and Media, DOI: 10.1080/17482798.2022.2072921

Course(s) I teach on

  • Galleries of Justice
    Postgraduate taught | Full-time / Part-time | 2023

  • Galleries of Justice
    Undergraduate | Full-time | 2023