Professor Anthea Hucklesby PhD, FAcSS, FRSA

Professor Anthea Hucklesby

Birmingham Law School
Professor of Criminal Justice

Contact details

Birmingham Law School
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Anthea holds a joint appointment with Birmingham Law School and the School of Social Policy. She has undertaken research and published on many aspects of the criminal justice process. Her recent focus has been on electronic monitoring (tagging) and pre-trial detention and bail. Her most recent projects are: ‘Creativity and effectiveness in the use of electronic monitoring (EM)’ funded by the European Commission; an Arts and Humanities Research Council network investigating the use of tracking technologies across domains; and ‘Tracking Children in their Best Interests’ a Marie Sklodowska Curie Individual Fellowship with Eszter Párkányi. Anthea is an Expert Academic Advisor on electronic monitoring (tagging) at the Ministry of Justice and HM Prisons and Probation Service (HMPPS). She is a member of the Confederation of European Probation Electronic Monitoring group and the Criminal Cases Review Commission’s (CCRC) Research Committee. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.


  • BA (Hons) Social Science (CNAA)
  • MA Criminology (Hull)
  • PhD (University of Glamorgan)
  • PGCE (Secondary) (Leicester)


Anthea joined the University of Birmingham in September 2020 as Head of School of Social Policy (2020-2022) from the University of Leeds where she was Pro-Dean for Research in the Faculty of Social Sciences (2015-2020) and Director of Research (2014-2015) and REF led (2012-2014) for the School of Law. Prior to this she worked at the Universities of Hull and Leicester.


Anthea has taught across undergraduate and postgraduate programmes including Penology, Criminal Justice Processes, Prosecution Process, Offenders in the Community, Introduction to Criminal Justice and Youth Justice modules. She has established and/or lead postgraduate programmes in Criminology and Criminal Justice at three Universities.

Postgraduate supervision

Anthea has supervised research students in many aspects of criminal justice in the UK and internationally. She welcomes applications from UK and international students interested in any area of criminal justice including, but not limited to, electronic monitoring, pre-trial detention and bail, police powers, courts, prisons, community sentences, technologies and private and voluntary sector involvement in criminal justice.

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Anthea undertakes research and publishes on many aspects of the criminal justice process crossing boundaries between law, sociology, social policy and science and technology studies. She has a longstanding interest in bail/remand and pre-trial detention and the use of electronic monitoring (tagging) in the criminal justice process. Her interests extend to prisons and community sentences, private and voluntary sector involvement in criminal justice, compliance and emerging technologies, particularly the use wearable devices to track individuals in areas as diverse as mental health, dementia care, children in care, terrorism and immigration.

She has been awarded nearly £3 million of research funding. Her research has been funded by the ESRC, AHRC, European Commission, Home Office, Ministry of Justice and third and private sector organisations.