Dr Anna Barker

Dr Anna Barker


I joined the School of Law as a Lecturer in Criminal Justice in 2016, having previously been a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Bradford.

I am a graduate of the University of Leeds (MA Criminological Research, 2007 and PhD in Community Safety, 2012) and the University of Brighton (BA Social Science, 2005), and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I have been a visiting lecturer at the University of Malaga.


  • MSc and LLM Degrees Director (Criminal Justice, Criminology and Criminal Law Programmes)

Research interests

Three inter-connecting themes shape and unite my research interests and projects. These are:

  • The governance, regulation and policing of public spaces in the city
  • Urban (in)security and fear of crime
  • Social and cultural diversity, conflict and conviviality

I am currently working on a collaborative project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Big Lottery and Nesta, on 'The Leeds Parks Fund: Developing a Model for Charitable Giving to Parks' with Leeds City Council, Leeds Community Foundation and the Leeds Parks and Green Spaces Forum. The project forms part of the national Rethinking Parks programme, see: https://www.nesta.org.uk/blog/meet-rethinking-parks-innovators/

I have recently completed a major research project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and supported by Leeds City Council Parks and Countryside Department, on people’s experiences and expectations of urban public parks across time. The Leeds Parks Project was a two-year multi-disciplinary Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project: ‘The future prospects of urban parks: The life, times and social order of Victorian public parks as places of social mixing’ (Grant No: AH/N001788/1, 2015-2017). It explored expectations about the social role of urban public parks in the past, the present and the future, and examined how these relate to people’s everyday experiences of the park and its regulation. This was a collaborative research project with David Churchill and Adam Crawford.

I have previously undertaken research on: reassurance policing and public insecurities with Leeds Community Safety Partnership as part of an ESRC Collaborative Award Studentship; probation programmes for racially motivated offenders with West Yorkshire Probation Service; and the management and regulation of Bradford's City Park with Bradford Metropolitan District Council.

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  • PhD Community Safety
  • MA Criminological Research
  • PG Certification of Higher Education Practice
  • BA (Hons) Social Science

Professional memberships

  • British Society of Criminology

Student education

I teach a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules on the BA Criminal Justice and Criminology, the MSc Criminal Justice and Criminology and the LLM Criminal Justice and Criminal Law. Teaching areas include: Policing, Criminal Justice Processes, Contemporary Criminological Theory and Approaches.

Research groups and institutes

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