Dr Tahir Abass

Dr Tahir Abass


I joined the University of Leeds in 2016 as an (1+3) ESRC scholar and I have recently completed my PhD in Law in which I explored the impact and harms of imprisonment on prisoners’ families from the Pakistani community in the UK. I am currently working on consolidating my research and producing publications to share my research findings. I completed my MA in Criminal Justice and Criminology in 2017. 

I also hold a BSc (Hons) in Sociology and Criminology and a Masters by Research. Prior to joining the University of Leeds, I have worked with vulnerable groups in various roles, for different third sector organisations. This has included working with people who are leaving prison and supporting their reintegration into communities, and families from racially minoritised communities who have been affected by drug and alcohol abuse. 

I am an Early Career Researcher member of the Research Advisory Group at the Howard League of Penal Reform. 

Research interests

My research interests include but are not limited to, family imprisonment, race, ethnicity and criminal justice (systems), social justice and youth justice. I am also interested in qualitative and creative research methodolgies. 


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  • PhD in Law
  • MA Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • MSc by Research (Social Science)
  • BSc (Hons) Sociology and Criminology

Professional memberships

  • Howard League for Penal Reform (RAG member)
  • Socio-Legal Studies Association

Student education

I teach on various modules on both the BA and MSc Criminal Justice and Criminology programmes. I am also involved in teaching on the foundational module on the BA in Social Science. 

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Criminal Justice Studies
  • Centre for Law and Social Justice