Miss Nikhaela Wicks
I am a Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice and I teach across a range of undergraduate and masters modules at the University of Portsmouth. My research expertise is in critical policing studies, race and ethnicity and nightlife.
- PhD in Criminology, University of Westminster
- MA Criminology, University of Kent
- BA (Hons) Criminology, University of Kent
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 was employed as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Westminster whilst undertaking my PhD thesis. I have a PhD (passed with no corrections), an MA in Criminology (awarded Distinction) and a BA in Criminology and Social Policy (First Class Honours, Bill Jenkins Prize for top student in Social Policy) from the University of Kent. I am a trained police analyst with knowledge of: problem and suspect profiling, GiS for spatial analysis and network analysis. I am a voluntary member of the Strategic Independent Assessment Group for Hampshire Constabulary.
My doctoral research, which consisted of a year-long ethnography, draws critical conclusions regarding the racist and discriminatory ways in which nightlife is governed. This research involved navigating and negotiating access to a UK police force, as well as others responsible for policing nightlife (such as door staff, licensing officers, street pastors and venue managers). I have a peer reviewed commentary in the Entertainment and Sports Law Journal(see below). This draws attention to the ways in which the police use temporary event notices to further marginalize night time events with Black performers and clientele. My research has real world impact and has been used to drive changes and reform to police and street pastor training programmes.
I am passionate about sharing my research findings, presenting papers at a range of conferences and won the ‘Best Presentation Award’ at the 14thAnnual Ethnography Symposium in August 2019. I am a member of the International Night Studies Network and the Night Governance working group.
I teach on a range of level 4 core modules, including: Crime and Society, Criminal Justice and Essential Skills for Criminologists. I co-ordinate the Intelligence Analysis module offered at level 6. I act as a personal tutor to students at level 4, 5 6 and 7 and supervise both undergraduate and masters students dissertations. I see students as co-creators of knowledge, recognise student individuality and encourage students to create inclusive teaching environments.