The Manchester team

Read about The University of Manchester team and Manchester partners working on the PROMISE project.

The University of Manchester researchers

Jo Deakin

Dr Jo Deakin is the Project Coordinator of PROMISE. She is Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice in the School of Law and researches in the areas of youth justice, youth culture, criminalisation and exclusion. Jo is a multi-methods researcher with a particular focus on arts-based participatory research methods with young and vulnerable populations. Follow Jo on Twitter @jodeakin1.

Necla Acik

Dr Necla Acik is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice School of Law, University of Manchester. She teaches courses on research methodology and counter-terrorism. Her research interests centre on youth and mobilisation, education and counter-terrorism, civic engagement, migration, ethnicity, and the Kurdish women’s movement.

Diana Chase

Dr Diana Chase, the Project Manager for PROMISE, has over 12 years’ experience of successfully managing large, EC-funded, consortium projects including NewMood (2004-2010) and NIMBL (2010-2014), and the final year of MYPLACE (2011-2015). She has also contributed to the management of ERC and Marie Skłodowska Curie projects, and helped in the preparation of applications under both FP7 and Horizon 2020 funding schemes.

Claire Fox

Dr Claire Fox is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology in the Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice based in the School of Law, and Academic Director for the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Centre. Claire’s research interests are on the topic of victimisation, specifically of vulnerable and ‘difficult’ victims, migration and the role of the third sector. She also has a focus on using arts-based research methods. Recent projects include ‘The Victimisation and Criminalisation of Undocumented Migrants’, ‘The Rights of Undocumented Migrants’ (funded by the ESRC), and Migrant Men’s Wellbeing in Diversity (funded by the European Commission). Follow Claire on Twitter @DrClaireFox.

Hilary Pilkington

Hilary Pilkington is Professor of Sociology at The University of Manchester. She has been coordinator of a number of internationally collaborative research projects including, most recently, the FP7 MYPLACE (Memory, Youth, Political Legacy and Civic Engagement) project which studied young people’s political engagement and activism in 14 countries of Europe. Her own research focuses on youth and youth subculture, youth political participation, activism and extremism and her recent empirical research has included ethnographic studies of youth activism in the anti-Islamist English Defence League and of racist skinhead and punk subcultures in Russia.

Other Manchester partners

TiPP (The Theatre in Prison and Probation Centre)

TiPP work from the belief that the arts have the power to transform people’s lives. They develop and implement participatory arts projects and undertake training for artists and for professionals working in the social and criminal justice settings. They specialise in developing arts based interventions for some of the most economically, socially and educationally diverse communities in the UK. Based within The University of Manchester, they have an international reputation for their teaching and training programmes and their unique approach to arts based research.  The importance of TiPP’s work has been recognised by Arts Council England and they have been awarded National Portfolio status.