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Miss Nikhaela Wicks




I am a Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice and I teach across a range of undergraduate modules at the University of Portsmouth. My research expertise is in policing (both public and private forms), race and ethnicity and nightlife.  


I joined the University of Portsmouth in January 2020, after working as a Research Associate on a British Academy research funded project alongside Dr James Esson, Loughborough University. This project explores the strategies employed by the state, the third sector, HEIs and international organisations to monitor international students in the UK. Prior to this, I worked as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Westminster whilst undertaking my PhD thesis. I have worked as an analyst for the police and have received police training in: problem and suspect profiling, spatial analysis, predictive analysis and network analysis. I have an MA in Criminology (awarded Distinction) and a BA in Criminology and Social Policy (First Class Honours) from the University of Kent.

Research Interests

My research focus is on policing (both public and private forms), race and ethnicity and nightlife and I have a keen interest in ethnographic methods. My PhD research, which was awarded a studentship from the University of Westminster, involved an ethnographic study with the police, door staff, venue managers and street pastors. This research highlights the continued discrimination faced by black and minority ethnic groups in the policing of nightlife. I have also conducted ethnographic research with the police and door staff which reveals the influence of gender on policing practice at night. I have recently published a commentary which explores how race is governed in police licensing decisionsI am passionate about sharing my research findings, presenting papers at a range of conferences and won ‘Best Presentation Award’ at the 14th Annual Ethnography Symposium in 2019. 

Teaching Responsibilities

I teach on a range of undergraduate modules, specifically related to the politics of criminal justice, criminological theory and social research methods. I supervise undergraduate dissertations and act as a personal tutor for undergraduate students.

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