Dr Kofi Boakye

Senior Lecturer, Criminology

Research Student Coordinator

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences

Department:Department of Humanities and Social Sciences

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Criminology

Courses taught: Criminology, Criminology and Sociology

Kofi leads modules in youth justice and comparative criminal justice on our criminology courses. His research interests include youth crime, developmental criminology, forensic psychology, violent and sex offenders, child abuse and gender-based violence.

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kofi.boakye@anglia.ac.uk

Background

Kofi joined Anglia Ruskin in 2014 from the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge where he completed his MPhil and PhD (2010). He was a Betty Behrens Research Fellow at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge from 2009-2012. He has been a Visiting Lecturer to University of Ghana under the Carnegie Africa Diaspora Research Fellowship Program (CADFP). 

Kofi currently leads several modules at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels including the Youth Justice and Comparative Criminal Justice modules. His research interests include youth crime and youth justice, developmental criminology, comparative criminology, forensic psychology, violent and sex offenders, child abuse and gender-based violence. He welcomes proposals from prospective PhD students with an interest in youth crime, violent and sex offenders, comparative criminology, the death penalty and crime research in Africa.

Research interests

  • Comparative criminology
  • Violent and sex offenders
  • Youth crime and youth justice
  • Child abuse and domestic violence
  • Sentencing and the death penalty in Africa

Areas of research supervision

  • Developmental and comparative criminology
  • Criminological research in Africa
  • Juvenile delinquency, gender-based violence and child abuse
  • Psychology of crime and crime prevention
  • Sentencing and the death penalty

Teaching

Kofi leads our modules in Youth Justice and Comparative Criminal Justice.

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Chartered Psychologist, British Psychological Society
  • Member, American Society of Criminology
  • Member, British Society of Criminology

Selected recent publications

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Boakye, K.E., & Tankebe, J., 2016. ‘A pioneering study of public opinion on the death penalty in Ghana suggests the unpopularity of the death penalty as punishment for crime’. Death Penalty Worldwide: Cornell Law School.

Boakye, K.E., & Tankebe, J., Atupare, J., 2015. Public opinion on the death penalty in Ghana. Accra: Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice. 

Boakye, K.E., Tankebe, J. and Atupare, P.A., 2014. Report on public support for the death penalty in Ghana. Accra: Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Boakye, K.E., 2013. Correlates and predictors of juvenile delinquency in Ghana. International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice, 37, pp.257-278.

Boakye, K.E., 2009. Culture and nondisclosure of child sexual abuse (CSA) in Ghana: a theoretical and empirical exploration. Law and Social Inquiry, 34, pp.951-79.

Boakye, K.E., 2009. Attitudes toward rape and victims of rape: a test of the feminist and attribution theories in Ghana. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 24, pp.1613-51.

Recent presentations and conferences

The death penalty, public opinion and the rule of law in Ghana. American Society of Criminology, November 2014, San Francisco, California.

Does spanking lead to delinquency? Examining the link between parental disciplinary method and juvenile delinquency in Ghana. American Society of Criminology, November 2013, Atlanta, Georgia.

Predictors of adolescent sexual violence in Ghana: A need for evidence-based prevention. Second International Conference in Africa on Child Sexual Abuse, March 2012, Accra, Ghana.

Examining the relationship between individual factors and juvenile delinquency in the African Context: A Case Study of Ghana. American Society of Criminology, November 2011, Washington, DC.

Correlates and predictors of adolescent violence across three continents: In search of similarities and differences. American Society of Criminology, November 2010, San Francisco, California.

Perceptions of crime seriousness and fear of crime: An empirical appraisal. Research School of Safety and Security in Society, November 2008, University of Leiden.

Are risk factors similar across cultures? A cross-national replicability of risk factors for delinquency. American Society of Criminology, November 2008, St Louis, Missouri.

Religion: A risk or a protective factor? Exploring the relationship between religion and crime in Ghana (with Justice Tankebe). American Society of Criminology, November 2008, St Louis, Missouri.

Perceptions of seriousness of drug crimes in Ghana: a study of police officers offenders and nonoffenders. XV World Congress of the International Society for Criminology, July 2008, Barcelona.

Delinquent juveniles’ perceptions of crime and crime seriousness: An exploratory study in Ghana. British Society of Criminology, July 2008, Huddersfield.

Rape myth acceptance (RMA) and child sexual abuse: Some preliminary survey findings in Ghana. First International Conference in Africa on Child Sexual Abuse, September 2007, Nairobi, Kenya.