Dr Neema Trivedi-Bateman

Lecturer, Criminology

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences

Department:Department of Humanities and Social Sciences

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Criminology , Psychology

Courses taught: Criminology

Neema leads a module in Skills for Criminal Justice on our criminology course. Her research interests include youth crime, developmental criminology, forensic psychology, violent offenders, and moral decision-making.

Email: neema.trivedi-bateman@anglia.ac.uk


Neema joined ARU in 2016 as Lecturer in Criminology. Previously, she held a post as Assistant Professor of Psychology and Psychology Laboratory Manager at Richmond, The American International University in London. Prior to this, Neema managed the 8th fieldwork wave and research team for the longitudinal Peterborough Adolescent and Young Adult Development Study (PADS+) at the Institute of Criminology (University of Cambridge).

Her PhD thesis, entitled ‘The roles of empathy, shame, and guilt in violence decision-making’ explored the role of moral emotions in the decision to engage in acts of crime, using a combination of longitudinal quantitative data and qualitative in-depth interview data about persistent offenders’ real-life violent events.

Spoken Languages


Research interests

  • Violent offenders
  • Youth crime
  • Moral emotions and moral decision-making
  • Developmental and Social Psychology
  • Research Methods
  • Theories of Crime

Neema's areas of interest include child and developmental psychology, including the causes and influencing factors behind various everyday behaviours as well as delinquent behaviour. More specifically, she is interested in the development of moral rules and moral emotions, and how they might influence certain behaviours.


Neema leads a module in Skills for Criminal Justice and teaches seminars on the Crime, News, and Criminology module, both of which are on the BA (Hons) Criminology course.


  • PhD Criminology, University of Cambridge - awarded the 2016 Nigel Walker Prize for an outstanding contribution to Criminology
  • MRes Research in Psychology, Oxford Brookes and University of Oxford
  • BSc Psychology, City University, London
  • PG Cert in Learning and Teaching, Anglia Ruskin University (in progress)

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Chartered Psychologist, British Psychological Society

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

Neema works as a voluntary psychology advisor for the Community Interest Company ChildUK, which works with disadvantaged young people.

Recent presentations and conferences

  • Trivedi-Bateman, N. 2014. ‘I ain’t gotta feel bad for him, he’s gotta feel bad for himself’: Lack of shame, guilt and empathy in persistent violent offenders. In: 14th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology. Prague, Czech Republic.
  • Trivedi, N. 2012. An exploration of the role of morality in violence: interviewing the violent offender.  In: 2012 Conference of the American Society of Criminology. Chicago, USA.
  • Trivedi, N. 2012. Does lack of empathy make us more likely to choose crime? In: 2012 Researching Empathy conference. London, UK. *Awarded funding.
  • Trivedi, N. & Wikström, P-O H., 2011. An exploration of the role of moral emotions in crime.  In: 2011 Conference of the American Society of Criminology. Washington DC, USA.
  • Trivedi, N. & Wikström, P-O H., 2009. Love-hate relationships: An exploration of young people's self-reported partner violence. In: 9th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology. Ljubljana, Slovenia.