Neema joined ARU in 2016 as Lecturer in Criminology. Previously, she held a post as Assistant Professor of Psychology and Psychology Laboratory Manager at Richmond, The American International University in London. Prior to this, Neema managed the 8th fieldwork wave and research team for the longitudinal Peterborough Adolescent and Young Adult Development Study (PADS+) at the Institute of Criminology (University of Cambridge), where she completed her PhD.
Neema completed her PhD in Criminology at the world-renowned Institute of Criminology (IoC), University of Cambridge in November 2014. She worked under the supervision of Professor Per-Olof Wikstrom, who is a leading scholar in the field of Environmental Criminology. She developed a very strong grounding and expertise in research skills and honed a high level of research rigour. These skills include leading and recruiting a research team, developing research questions, carrying out primary research using innovative methods, and statistical analysis competence. She led and trained the research team for the 8th wave of data collection for the ESRC-funded large project entitled ‘The Peterborough Adolescent and Young Adult Development Study (PADS+)’.
Neema’s research expertise is in developmental psychology, including the causes and influencing factors behind a variety of behaviours. More specifically, she studies the development of moral rules and moral emotions, and how they might influence aggression or delinquency. Her PhD thesis, entitled 'The roles of empathy, shame, and guilt in violence decision-making' explored the role of moral emotions in the decision to engage in acts of crime, using a combination of longitudinal quantitative data and qualitative in-depth interview data about persistent offenders’ real-life violent events.
PhD Criminology, University of Cambridge - awarded the 2016 Nigel Walker Prize for an outstanding contribution to Criminology
MRes Research in Psychology, Oxford Brookes and University of Oxford
BSc Psychology, City University, London
PG Cert in Learning and Teaching, Anglia Ruskin University