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Kris joined the Applied Criminology Centre (ACC) at the University of Huddersfield in 2000 after completing a BSc in Psychology at Oxford Brookes, an MA in Philosophy and Social Theory at Warwick, an MA in Criminology at Keele, and a PG Cert in Research Methods at Nottingham Trent University.
He has been involved in a range of projects evaluating and research situational, social and developmental crime prevention measures funded by the Home Office, Youth Justice Board, Office for Security and Counter-terrorism; Government Office North-West, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, the Nuffield Foundation and the EU.
He is currently undertaking cross national research with colleagues which investigates the mental health effects upon children when a carer is imprisoned. The COPING project is a large EU FP7 funded project that brings together colleagues in the Centre for Applied Childhood Studies and the Centre for Health and Social Care and the ACC here at Huddersfield, and our European partners (the Karolinska Institutet, and Riksbryggan in Sweden; the Dresden University of Technology, and Treffpunkt e.V. in Germany; the Universitatea Alexandru Ioan Cuza, and Alternative Sociale Association in Romania; the Quaker United Nations Office in Switzerland; Eurochips in France; and Partners of Prisoners Support Group here in the UK). He is the UK workpackage leader for disseminating the emerging findings and publicising the research study. He recently attended the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child in Geneva, who held a General Day of Discussion on the plight of children of prisoners worldwide.
In addition, Kris and colleagues have undertaken work examining Al-Qaida inspired radicalisation amongst young people in the UK, and evaluated a national programme aimed at preventing violent radicalistion. They are currently in the process of publishing these findings, both through the YJB and academic journals.
Kris has acted as a peer reviewer for research proposals for both the ESRC and The Big Lottery Fund.
Kris is currently undertaking a part time PhD entitled: An Analysis of Police Use of Force when Policing Civil Disturbances: A Case Study of the G20 protest, the Anti-Cuts protest and the recent inner city riots in the UK
Kris is currently a member of the Institute for Research in Citizenship and Applied Human Sciences and the Applied Criminology Centre.
In addition Kris is interested in a number of conceptual and normative issues in the area where moral, legal and political philosophy intersectparticularly, obedience, authority, legitimacy, obligation, coercion, and privacy
(For a list of published outputs see research outputs)
Christmann, K.; Rogerson, M. Hirschfield, A. Starrak, K., Wilcox, A., (2011) Preventing the Development of Violent Extremism Amongst Young People. Youth Justice Board.
Christmann, K. (2011) Systematic Review: Preventing the Development of Violent Extremism amongst Young People. Youth Justice Board..
Christmann, K. The Forgotten Victims of Crime (2011) Insidetime: The National Newspaper for Prisoners, October issue, p34.
Book Reviews: Review of C. Corbetts Car Crime Cullompton: Willan (2005) The Howard Journal (2005) 44 (3) pp335-6
Delivered Workshop for Youth Justice Board - Racially Motivated Offending and Targeted Interventions (with K. Wong) 2011
Huddersfield University 2009. COPING - what does the literature tell us about the mental health impact on children of having a parent in prison?
American Society of Criminology: Nashville TN 2005. Findings from a North-West short-term prisoner resettlement project
British Society of Criminology: Portsmouth University 2004. Emerging findings from a North-West short-term prisoner resettlement project
British Society of Criminology: Bangor University 2003. International and Internet Cases of Child Sexual Abuse Work in Progress.
Wong, K., Christmann, K., Meadows, L., Albertson, K. and Senior, P. (2013) Hate Crime in Suffolk Understanding prevalence and support needs Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University/University of Huddersfield
Christmann, K., Turliuc, M. and M?irean, C. (2012) ‘Risk and Resilience in Children of Prisoners: A Research Review ’ Scientific Annals of the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University - Sociology and Social Work Section , 5 (2). ISSN 2065-3131
Christmann, K (2012) Preventing Religious Radicalisation and Violent Extremism: A Systematic Review of the Research Evidence Youth Justice Board
Hirschfield, A., Christmann, K., Wilcox, A., Rogerson, M. and Sharratt, K. (2012) Process Evaluation of Preventing Violent Extremism Programmes for Young People Youth Justice Board
Smithson, H., Wilcox, A., Monchuk, L., Christmann, K. and Wong, K. (2011) ‘The prevalence of youth racially motivated offending: What do we really know?’ Probation Journal , 58 (3), pp. 233-249. ISSN 0264-5505
Wilcox, A., Smithson, H., Christmann, K., Monchuk, L. and Wong, K. (2010) Racially motivated offending and targeted interventions London: Youth Justice Board for England and Wales
Christmann, K. and Wong, K. (2010) ‘Hate Crime Victims and Hate Crime Reporting: Some Impertinent Questions’. In: Hate Crime: Concepts, policy, future directions. Abingdon: Willan Publishing. . ISBN 978-1-84392-779-2
Wilcox, A., Christmann, K., Rogerson, M. and Birch, P. (2009) Tackling the Demand for Prostitution: A Rapid Evidence Assessment of the published research literature Home Office
Wong, K. and Christmann, K. (2009) ‘The Role of Victim Decision Making in Reporting of Hate Crimes’ Community Safety Journal , 7 (2), pp. 19-35. ISSN 1757-8043
Wilcox, A. and Christmann, K. (2008) ‘Getting paid for sex is my kick: a qualitative study of male sex workers’. In: Sex as Crime?. London, UK: Willan Publishing. pp. 118-136. ISBN 978-1-84392-267-4
Rogerson, M. and Christmann, K. (2007) ‘Burglars and wardrobe monsters. Practical and ethical problems in the reduction of crime fear ’ British Journal of Community Justice , 5 (1), pp. 79-94. ISSN 1475-0279
Wilcox, A. and Christmann, K. (2006) Sex for sale: qualitative study of male sex workers Huddersfield, UK: University of Huddersfield (Unpublished)
Gallagher, B., Fraser, C., Christmann, K. and Hodgson, B. (2006) International and internet child sexual abuse and exploitation Huddersfield, UK: University of Huddersfield
Christmann, K. and Rogerson, M. (2004) Crime, fear of crime and quality of life: Identifying and Responding to Problems Research Report 35 Sheffield: CRESR
Rogerson, M., Christmann, K. and Walters, D. (2003) Fear of Crime and Insecurity in New Deal for Communities CRESR
Gallagher, B., Christmann, K., Fraser, C. and Hodgson, B. (2003) ‘International and internet child sexual abuse and exploitation - issues emerging from research ’ Child and Family Law Quarterly , 15 (4), pp. 353-371. ISSN 1358-8184
It is generally recognised that levels of hate crime reporting remain notoriously low. The Lawrence Inquiry Report (1999) attempted to tackle under reporting by recommending Codes of Practice in order to create a comprehensive system of reporting and recording of all racist incidents and crimes by the Police and other agencies. Whilst the Inquiry was highly influential, heralding a flurry of policy initiatives, the evidence base for the effectiveness of the recommendations remains meagre. This is because little is known in relation to the decisive issue - the decision making behaviour of assorted hate crime victims in whether or not to report incidents, and any between group variability. Much of the research literature examining victims of hate crime has tended to focus upon the impacts of hate crime along with the appropriate practical and emotional support needs for victims. With the exception of one small scale study (Wong & Christmann, 2006) little research attention has been given to understanding the actual decision making processes of hate crime victims in whether or not to report hate crime incidents and how available reporting methods and publicity materials interplay and impact upon reporting decisions (Victim Support Review 2005). These gaps are even more noticeable in relation to offering either police or non police reporting agencies as a strategy for improving reporting levels across victimised groups. With the expanding scope of recent hate crime legislation (to include faith, disability and other minority group statuses) and increasing concerns over community cohesion, there is a need to establish a firmer and generalisable evidence base than hitherto exists on understanding non-reporting behaviour to better inform national policy.