Tahir Abass


I’m a 1+3 ESRC funded PhD student at the University of Leeds, currently in the second year of my PhD programme. I am also a member of the Centre for Law and Social Justice and the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies (at the University of Leeds). My research interests include race, ethnicity and crime, social justice, youth justice and qualitative research methods.

Besides conducting my research, I am a Module Assistant on the Youth Crime and Justice and Crime, Inequality and Social Issues modules on the BA Criminal Justice and Criminology programme. 

I am one of the PGR representatives for the Socio-Legal Studies Association, and I am also the PGR representative for the Security, Conflict and Justice pathway within the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership.

Prior to commencing my research, I have undertaken various roles working with vulnerable people for different third sector organisations. This has involved supporting the rehabilitation of offenders and their reintegration into communities upon their release from prison. I have also worked as a Family Support Worker and have supported families from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities who have been adversely affected by drug and alcohol abuse.

Research interests

My PhD research is focusing on the impact of imprisonment on Pakistani families in the UK. Prisoners’ families have gained growing recognition over the course of the last decade in both policy and academia. It is understood that these families can face social, emotional, practical and financial difficulties as a consequence of imprisonment. However, families from minority ethnic communities are largely absent from the discourse in this field, and I aim to address some of these issues through my research.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Law and Social Justice