Dr Tahir Abass

Dr Tahir Abass


I joined the University of Leeds in 2016 as an ESRC scholar and I was recently awarded a PhD in Law. My PhD thesis was commended for research excellence- this recognition is reserved for research which reflects outstanding achievement in the thesis and oral examination at a level significantly above what would be expected for the award of a doctoral degree. I am currently consolidating my study and have been commissioned to produce research monograph by Routledge, which is expected to be published in 2025.  

I also hold an MA in Criminal Justice and Criminology, a Masters by Research (Social Sciences) and a BSc (Hons) in Sociology and Criminology. 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 are in the fields of race, ethnicity and criminal justice systems, criminal justice and postcolonialism, transformative justice, youth justice, social justice (and criminology). I am also interested in qualitative and creative research methods. 


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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