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Corruption and accountability in postcolonial African societies Policing youths and ethnic minorities Policing and (in)security in post-conflict societies Procedural justice and police legitimacy Cyber-enabled crime, online fraud and romance scam Stress and stressors in the criminal justice Crime and psychopathology Media representations of crime and criminal justice Trust and confidence in the criminal justice Terrorism and counter-terrorism Psychosocial predictors of crimes and human behaviour

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Oluwagbenga Michael Akinlabi is Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northumbria University in Newcastle, United Kingdom. He has PhD in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Griffith University in Australia. Prior to this, he had completed a Master of Philosophy degree in Criminological Research from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria and Bachelor of Education in Guidance and Counselling (options in Geography) also from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria.

Within the past few years, Michael has worked as a university lecturer, an associate lecturer, and a university research assistant. During this period, he has provided lectures, coordinated and convened large undergraduate and postgraduate programs in intelligence and security studies, criminology, and psychology. He has successfully attracted more than 15 scholarships, grants, recognition and awards in Nigeria, United Kingdom and Australia; including the prestigious British Commonwealth Scholarships and Australian Postgraduate Awards.

Michael’s research interests include procedural justice and police legitimacy, policing the global south, police use of force, corruption and accountability, policing youths and BAME, crime and psychopathology, and stress in police. Specifically, his current research has been exploring how perceptions of justice and fairness, corruption, and feelings of trust, can go a long way to influence compliance and/or cynicism towards the law.


Education/Academic qualification

Criminology, PhD, Griffith University Queensland

10 Oct 201211 Oct 2016

Award Date: 11 Oct 2016

Criminology, MPhil, University of Cambridge

1 Oct 201030 Sep 2011

Award Date: 26 Nov 2011

Clinical Psychology, MSc, University of Ibadan

27 Nov 200726 Feb 2010

Award Date: 26 Feb 2010

Counselling and Guidance, BEd (Hons), University of Ibadan

7 Jan 200210 Feb 2006

Award Date: 10 Feb 2006


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