Dr Basia Spalek

 

Reader in Communities and Justice and Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer

Applied Social Studies

Dr Basia Spalek

Contact details

School of Social Policy, Institute of Applied Social Studies
Muirhead Tower, Room 912
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT, United Kingdom

About

Basia is a Reader in Communities and Justice within the School of Social Policy, and she is also Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer.

Qualifications

PhD

Biography

Dr Basia Spalek is a Reader in Communities and Justice within the Institute of Applied Social Studies at the University of Birmingham. Basia has led a number of high profile research projects funded by the Arts and Humanities and Economic and Social Studies Research Councils, looking specifically at community-based approaches to counter-terrorism.

  • AHRC/ESRC Connected Communities Programme
    'Conflict within and between communities - with respect to the role of communities in helping to deafeat and/or endorse terrorism and the interface with policing efforts to counter-terrorism.
  • ESRC Follow-on Fund
    'An international conference exploring community-based initiatives aimed at countering terrorism.'
  • AHRC/ESRC Connected Communities Programme
    'Community-Police Engagement and Partnerships for Preventing Terror Crime: a collaboration involving researchers in the UK, in the US and in Northern Ireland'.
  • AHRC/ESRC Religion & Society Programme
    'A study exploring questions relating to partnership between Police and Muslim Communities in the prevention of violent religio-political extremism amongst Muslim youth.'
  • AHRC/ESRC Religion & Society Programme
    'An examination of partnership approaches to challenging religiously-endorsed violence involving Muslim groups and Police.'

Basia is also an Ambassador to the Make Justice Work Campaign and has acted as an advisor/consultant to the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), the OSCE, DCLG, the Equality and Human Rights Commission and is a nominated social expert on 'Compensation of victims, prevention of crime and related aspects relevant to the security of citizens', for the Human Rights Law Centre, University of Nottingham, in a successful tender to provide for the EU Fundamental Rights Agency reports and other services on human rights in the United Kingdom. Basia is also the Director of a new international forum on police community engagement for conflict transformation.

Teaching

Basia teaches on the BA Social Policy degree

Research

Basia has carried out extensive research with communities on issues of security and justice and her most recent research interests include:

  • Counter-terrorism
  • Policing and minorities
  • Victimisation
  • Religious diversity

Recent funded projects include:

  • Arts and Humanities Research Council, Connected Communities Programme (2012)
    'Communities as defeating and/or endorsing extreme violence: how do communities support and/or defeat extreme violence over time?' PI Dr Steve Hewitt, CI Dr Basia Spalek, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Dr Laura Zahra McDonald.
  • West Midlands Counter Terrorist Unit (2011)
    'Police-Community Engagement and Counter-Terrorism', PI Dr Basia Spalek, CI Dr Laura Zahra McDonald.
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council, Connected Communities Programme (2011)
    'Conflict within and between communities - with respect to the role of communities in helping to defeat and/or endorse terrorism and the interface with policing efforts to counter terrorism'. PI Dr Basia Spalek, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Dr Laura Zahra McDonald.
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council, Connected Communities Programme
    Community-Police Engagement and Partnerships for Preventing Terror Crime: a collaboration involving researchers in the UK, in the US and in Egypt'.  PI: Basia Spalek, CI: Professor Deborah Ramirez.
  • West Midlands 1-2-1 Mentoring Project Evaluation.
    PI: Basia Spalek, CI: Professor Lynn Davies, CI: Dr Laura Zahra McDonald.
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council and Economic and Social Research Council
    (2009-2010) 'A Study exploring questions relating to partnership between Police and Muslim Communities in the Prevention of Violent Religio-Political Extremism amongst Muslim Youth'.  Dr Basia Spalek (PI), Dr Salwa El-Awa (CI), Dr Laura Zahra McDonald (named post-doctoral researcher).
  • Arts and Humanities Research Council and Economic and Social Research Council (2008-2011) 'Youth Offenders and Faith Identities', PhD Case Studentship under the auspices of the Religion and Society programme.  Supervisors: Dr Basia Spalek and Dr David Prior.

Other activities

Member of the:

  • Editorial Board of Social Policy and Society
  • Prison Service Journal
  • British Journal of Social Work
  • Criminal Justice Matters
  • Howard Journal of Criminal Justice

Publications

Spalek, B, Davies, L and McDonald, LZ (2010), Summary and Full Report, Key Evaluation Findings of the West Midlands (WM) 1-2-1 Mentoring Scheme, University of Birmingham.

Spalek, B, El-Awa, S, McDonald, L Z and Lambert, R (2009) Counter-terrorism: community-based approaches to preventing terror crime.  Palgrave.

Spalek, B and Lambert, R (2009), 'Partnering Muslim Communities for the Purposes of Counter-terrorism', in M Goodwin and R Eatwell (eds) The 'New' Extremism in 21st Century Britain. London: Taylor & Francis.

Spalek, B (2009), 'Muslim Communities, Policing within a Counter-Terrorism Context and the Prevention of Violent Extremism', British Journal of Criminology.

Spalek, B (2008), Reader in Ethnicity and Crime.  Open University Press.

Spalek, B, Hussein, F and Crabtree, S (2008), Islam and Social Work: International perspectives and practice issues, Bristol: Policy Press.

Spalek, B (2007), Communities, Identities and Crime, Bristol: Policy Press.

Spalek, B (2006), Crime Victims: theory, policy and practice, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.

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